Stylish spaces kids will go crazy over
Would a great study space ease your child’s transition from summer to school? Perhaps an awesome lounge area could convince your teens — and all their friends — that your house is the best hangout spot ever. Whatever your objectives, a few design and decorating tricks can help you create a kid-friendly space in your home.
The basics of good design that make grown-up spaces appealing also work for children’s spaces. When designing a kid-friendly room, however, it’s important to keep in mind not only the purpose of the room (study, fun, sleep, etc.) but the age of the occupant, his or her interests, as well as incorporating fun into the design. Here are some tips to get you started:
Consider creating a theme
Kids of all ages love themes. To decide which one might be right for your project, consider things your child has shown an enduring interest in.
For example, she may be into princesses right now and hate the theme next year. On the other hand, if she’s always loved the color pink and has a passion for animals, those elements could be worked into a theme that she’ll appreciate for years to come.
Look for layers of lighting
As you’re choosing lighting, keep in mind how your child will use the room. If he or she will be doing homework, task lighting and desk lights will illuminate study areas. Will the room be a movie room or a hangout for older teens? Recessed and dimmable lighting may be appropriate. Don’t forget to include natural light in your illumination plans. Avoid heavy drapery. Instead, opt for bright colors and lightweight materials for window treatments, so windows admit ample light. If you have a larger budget, consider adding a skylight to provide light while preserving privacy.
Organization is key
Depending on the size of the room and how it will be used, shelving, portable cubes, book cases and other furnishings can provide plenty of storage space. For desks, look for desktop organizers that will keep papers and supplies tidy and close at hand.
The fun factor
Whatever the purpose of a child’s room, fun should be a universal design ingredient. You can infuse fun in a room in many ways, from creating a video game center for lounge rooms to choosing colorful, texturally appealing carpeting for a bedroom. A touch of whimsy, such as a swing hung from the ceiling or a wall mural of your child’s favorite cartoon character, can produce smiles every time kids see them.
This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.