Do you want to create a dream bedroom for your child? One that’ll remain in his or her heart and memories for years to come! If so, this article is for you. We list all the tips for DIY and professional projects.
Add Some Light
The greatest place for a children’s bedroom is the attic. However, even if you don’t have an attic, any added natural light is beneficial to your children’s health. Light from the sun is good for both emotional and mental health, and stimulates the brain. How can you do this? Firstly, you could consider skylight installation Melbourne residents are familiar with.
Skylights not only add light, but can offer access to a view of the intriguing night sky as well. Imagine your child lying under the stars, categorising them and dreaming of great and wonderful things.
Secondly, you could add large windows to the room. They’ll need to be double-glazed, which might add to the expense, but it’s well worth the gains your child will receive with additional natural light. What’s more, they can be features of the room which can draw the eye, and act as a decorative feature.
Create a Theme
One of the most exciting aspects of creating a child’s room is developing a theme. When you keep to a theme, you create coherence, and a sense of stability and harmony. If everything on the outside of the cupboard speaks the same language, it will help create an environment which is peaceful, and stimulates brain growth at the same time.
Your child may be involved in this, and suggest a theme, but it may also depend on budget and how long you expect the theme to last.
If you have a limited budget, it’s best to opt for a theme that won’t feel irrelevant when the child gets older. Although a Stars Wars, or Disney’s Frozen theme might be a wonderful idea now, your child might get over their fascination with it by the time they reach their teens. Rather pick a green-themed, or animal-themed room, which can age with your child.
Create Spaces for Imaginative Play
The room doesn’t have to be filled with toys for your child to grow and develop. Not even educational ones. However, make sure you have space where your child can use objects to use his or her imagination:
- This can be a mini-tent so your child could imagine they’re in a tepee, discovering the American West for the first time. Have a couple of sheets and blankets handy to create a house or tent with furniture. It can bring hours of fun on a rainy day.
- If you have a dressing-up box filled with old adult clothes and shoes, the child may prepare for the adult world through play in a safe space. They can also develop a sense of style, and role-play any emotional difficulties they might be having through taking on different pretend-responsibilities. What’s more, they develop the understanding of different people’s perspectives when they take on that person’s role, which in turn leads to empathy. It also encourages physical development through activity, and builds problem-solving and self-regulation skills.
- You could also have objects from different countries around the room, or from different fantasy-worlds to spark their creativity, and story-telling capacities.
Can you see how a small detail can have a range of positive outcomes for your child?
Maintain Cupboard Space for Toys
You do want your children to have toys. That’s natural for any kids’ room. Educational games and toys are always useful to have:
- Lego, Meccano, and the globe of the world are some of the more interesting ones
- Jigsaw puzzles, games, and books are included too
- Consider items like microscopes, butterfly nets and chemistry sets
Still, simple toys simply for play must always be there: balls, buckets, spades, hoops—for physical development and fun.
However, the biggest headache for a parent is where to put these toys to make them accessible but keep order in the room. There must be sufficient space at child-height to pack all the toys and pack them in categories. So, when creating your room design, cupboard space must be ample.
Create a Comfortable Space
A bed-cum-comfortable play area is ideal. You can hang drapes, or place it in a corner with an extra sitting nook. What’s important is that the child will require somewhere to be comfortable, read a book or spend quality-time—even rest when ill.
Add a pouf on the floor, and some cushioning carpet. Wooden floors are great for rolling marbles or balls across the floor, so see if you can have different sections in one room.
Adding plants to a room is helpful in terms of the oxygen that gets added to the space. It also creates a pleasing green space for the eye, and brings calm and a sense of harmony.
Doing up a kids’ room is both exciting and challenging. Bringing together theme, décor, imaginative play, education and simple fun can demand much thought, but it’s worth it in the long run.
Only the best will do for your super-child, right?