When designing a bedroom for adults, the main focus is usually put on creating a space that will foster relaxation and serenity because traditionally, this type of room is used solely for sleeping and relaxing purposes. However, when designing a kids’ room, you’ll need to aim at creating a space that’s not only going to foster relaxation and serenity but also encourage learning and imagination.
Words: Lillian Connors
More often than not, kids’ rooms are not only used for sleeping but learning, reading, playing and everything else in between. That being said, it becomes obvious that the design of the room should encourage all of these activities. But how can one achieve that?
Divide the room into different zones
Since we’ve already mentioned that kids’ rooms most commonly have more than one purpose, you should try to divide the room according to those purposes. What this means is that you should try to divide the room into a study/homework area, a reading nook, a play zone and a sleeping area. Of course, when creating different zones, you shouldn’t actually physically divide the space; rather you can use furniture organization and different colour combos to visually divide the space up.
Use the right colours
Furthermore, different colours affect us in a different way, which means that you can use them to further enhance the purpose of each area you’ve created in your kids’ room. For instance, you can use off-white to increase focus and attention which is an excellent choice for the learning station. Use blue to foster well-being and improve tranquillity and choose it as the colour for the sleeping area. Use yellow and green in the play zone because they encourage creativity but also serenity. Finally, for the reading nook, consider colours such as purple, periwinkle or even brown.Decide on a theme
One of the amazing perks of being a kid is not being shy to speak your mind about the things you like. Usually kids, when they like something, want to surround themselves entirely with it. That’s why you should consider choosing a theme for your kids’ bedroom. Be it pirates, spaceships, princesses or ponies, your kids will definitely enjoy being surrounded by their favourite things. Therefore, step out of the boundaries of a traditional room design a bit and consider how you can best incorporate your kids’ interest in their room design. No matter the theme you and your kids end up choosing, make sure that it’s light and bright so that they can enjoy it to the fullest.
Pick the right furniture
Choosing furniture for a kids’ room can be somewhat tricky, as parents usually struggle with deciding whether they want to go with kid-size furniture or regular pieces. The best course of action would be to go with regular-sized furniture pieces but also add some kid-size pieces as well because you want your kids to use the room now but also be able to use it once they grow up.
Some of the basic pieces include the bed, bookshelves, storage solutions – such as wardrobes or dressers, a work desk and an area rug. You can also choose to add multiple area rugs, for every different zone you’ve managed to create. For maximum results, have them feature those above-mentioned colours but don’t forget to implement playful kids rugs as well, to provide your little ones with a comfortable place to play and keep them off the hard floor.
Get creative with the bed area
Finally, to further enhance the theme in your kids’ room, you can get creative with the bed area. Instead of just placing a big bed in the middle of their room, you should look for ways you can customize it and make it fit in with the overall theme even more. For instance, if you’re going with a pirate or a sailor theme in your kids’ room, you can make the bed look like a boat. No matter the theme, make sure you create something truly inspiring but don’t forget that comfort and practicality should always be your top two priorities.
When designing your kids’ room, don’t shy away from asking them what they would like their rooms to look like and try to achieve the perfect balance between what has been desired and what is actually achievable.