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.

 

What a beautiful nursery with a soft sage green wall color, white furniture and a blackboard on the bottom end of the cot bed! Image by Cuckooland.

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Color

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. Consider having a colored accent ceiling. 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.

Another stunning white-based bedroom with a bed on wheels on the one end, a floor lamp and lots of grey and yellow accents. Image by Cuckooland.

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Furnishings & Storage

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 great way to get an idea of what you like or don’t for your bundle of joy is to head to Pinterest to my board: All about kids for some great imagery pins. Then, before you hit the shops and spend needlessly many long hours looking for the right stuff for your child, maybe you should take an hour or so and create an inspiration board. Pick a theme you like best (i.e. jungle animals, fairies and butterflies, animals in the woods, Jule Verne’s Around the World in 80 days e.t.c.) and built your wishlist based on that. With just a little research on the net and 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.

 

A girls bedroom with a white bed and pink bedding, two diagonal stripes on the wall behind and two white nightstands with table lamps on them on either side of the bed

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A beautiful bedroom with a white bed against a white brick accent wall. Image by Cuckooland.

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Recap

1. Select a flexible color theme. Don’t forget to add color accents. Children love bright colors.
2. Make a moodboard (to streamline your wishlist).
3. Create lots of storage space. It will help you keep sane with all the clutter that will pile on as the years go by.
4. Take risks. This is one room that should not abide to any rules except safety ones.
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,