Home Improvements Chapter 7: All about kids

Home Improvements Chapter 7: All about kids

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Every parent craves to setup the ideal bedroom for their child/children; a bedroom that generates a feeling of carefree fun, warmth and security, but most definitely a personal style.  As parents, we watch our children grow from infancy to adulthood.  That means a lot of changes overtime, including the decoration of their bedroom. So here is a collection of pictures to get your imagination fired-up whether it is a nursery, a toddler’s or a teen’s room.

Color is a tough challenge.  So it’s best to pick a basic color and a transitional color that can be changed to another as the child gets older.  This will give you the required flexibility to create new color combinations for the future.  Greens and pale yellows for example is such a flexible combination.  If you prefer a more traditional color scheme then a pale pink combined with cream at first can easily transit into a pink with red/navy or lavender. Similarly, a baby blue combined with white can transit into a blue combined with khaki and brown. In any case, don’t forget to paint the room with eco-friendly, zero VOC, non-toxic, odorless paint. There some quality brands that certify that they are asthma and allergy friendly.  

A nursery with a nautical theme in soft beige tones. The walls are covered with soft toned wooden planks.

Designed by Style on a Shoestring Source

Select wisely furniture pieces that can easily adapt at a more mature space like a dresser or an armchair. Throw pillows and/or beanbag chairs will also be needed for cozy seating. Children will appreciate them when they have friends over. Another important thing to consider in a child’s bedroom is the flooring.  Invest in good quality carpets from wall to wall or rugs. The cheap kind may be responsible for nasty things like SBS (sick building syndrome).Organization is another key element in keeping both parents and kids happy. The solution to that: shelves and baskets for super easy storage! You simply can’t have enough shelves and baskets to store their books and mags, toys, CD’s, building blocks and countless possessions. Go for colored ones to brighten things up!

A boys' room with a white brick accent wall and three big wall stickers of cars on it. Between the twin beds there is a white love seat with yellow pillows and a small white coffee table. On the one side of the room there is a teal built-in closet. On the other side there is a window with sheer curtains.

A great accent wall! Source

A funky boy's bedroom with graffiti accent wall behind the desk, a bed in front of a window with Venetian blinds. There are two nightstands on either side of the bed with skateboard wheels as handles. There are also two shelf racks on either side of the bed stacked up to the ceiling with various skateboards.

Funky boy teen’s room. Source


Before you hit the shops though and spend many long hours looking for the right stuff for your bundle of joy, maybe you should take an hour or so and create an inspiration board. It helps to pick a theme you like best. With just a little research on the net you’ll be able to narrow down your shopping list to the items that best fit your theme. Believe me it will save you a lot of running around, not to mention that it also helps you keep track of your expenditure.  So, since Pantone’s color of the year is Greenery, and any type of foliage is super trendy I made a sample inspiration board for a child’s bedroom with the jungle as a theme.
INSPIRATION BOARD FOR JUNGLE THEME
1. Jungle Cave with quilted blanket and can be used on bed or floor from Flexa shop   
2. Seagrass basket Fladis from Ikea   3. Chest Byholma from Ikea  
4. Rocking Elephant from Zara home kids   5. Mirror Barnslig from Ikea    
Color Palette #2290 via colorpalettes.net
Setting up a child’s bedroom should be fun and I mean LOTS of FUN and a great opportunity to take decorating risks! Therefore, try not to stress too much over it.  As the child grows, you’ll discover that he/she will have a say in it and so this room is bound to “change” a few times, creating new challenges. But it will surely be a joyride for you and your child!
Enjoy yourselves,