10 things to remember while Designing Interiors for your Child's Room

Children, no doubt, garner the maximum attention in a household they being constantly in the focal point of their loving parents. The same principle holds good to their rooms and living spaces too, which requires special planning and detailing in terms of furnishing them up.

While planning to furnish and decorate one's children room, one's approach should be much different than what it generally would be for the rest of the home. This because, the child is going through that stage of the life when he/she is developing mentally and physically, and while the world is still a learning playground for him/her. The way they feel once inside their dreamy abodes for considerable parts of the day, means a lot in their personality development.

So, what all should the parents, architects, space designers and interior decorators must keep in their minds while planning the kids rooms?

BRICKS-n-MORTAR compiles below the 10 most valued, voted and noted criteria that must be remembered while designing interiors for children room. Take a look herein below and suggest if you have to augment the list with what you think.

  1. PERSONALITY TRAITS : Know your child's personality traits and correlate his/her personality with your overall plan and sense of designing with respect to that of the entire home.
  2. CHOICES & LIKINGS : Respect the child's likings and dis-likings. Every kid is different, and so is yours! Accordingly, his/her likings and dis-likings will also be different than his very own parents and siblings, let alone the rest of the world. List the observed points and if possible discuss them out with your wards.
  3. AFFINITY TO COLORS, THEMES & PATTERNS : Think about which colors of the rainbow or the crayon box amazes your child's senses the most. Observe and ascertain the child's affinity to certain sets of colors, themes, patterns, etc. Is he/she extrovert and charged up thereby possibly liking the bright shades (red, dark brown, bright yellow, etc.) or a sober and introvert kid feeling more relaxed in lighter and soothing shades (sky blue, light brown, fawn, peach, etc.)
  4. TALK & DISCUSS PLANS : Discuss your initial plans with your child before taking final decision on 'dressing up' your child's room. After all, whats the point if you happen to annoy them at a later stage when you actually want to surprise them with your very own individualistic choices and decisions? Thats why, its always prudent to share your plans and take the kids' opinion beforehand.
  5. WHAT ABOUT GROWN UP KIDS? : In case of grown up children, allow them to select their favorite design theme from his/her imagination and/or the design books, websites or movies. Wiser people will mostly refrain from bullying their own ideas upon the teenagers. And, why not? Weren't you the same way when you were their age??
  6. MULTI-FUNCTIONAL DESIGN CONCEPTS : Design your child's room with a viewpoint of making it a multi-functional room as the room shall not only be a place to sleep, but also to study, play, develop, and what not! Provided the overall space and expense budget permits, think of planning the room having a sofa-cum-bed to sleep and sit whatever the case be; a study-cum-computer table and comfortable chair to explore the world and be studious; ample storage space which can take care of your child's most of the utilities; and a few more things which you know best what your child would like to have!
  7. VENTILATION & MOVEMENT SPACE : Natural light, sunlight and fresh air are those elements of the nature which bring freshness, health and happiness along with them. Plan the room in such a way that at least one ventilation opening (window, ventilator, etc.) is there in the room which breezes in fresh air and circulates positive energy vibes into the child's abode. A totally walled and closed room is perhaps a source of negative energy, and should be avoided as far as possible.
  8. FURNISHINGS, MATERIAL, QUALITY : 'Men will be men'.. the cliche goes, and likewise children will always be children. No matter how sober your child is, there will be times when the furnishings will bear the brunt of their adventures, playful activities, and what not. Wisdom is to choose such material and furnishings that are easily washable and/or replaceable. The paint on the walls in all likelihood be washable emulsion type that could be rubbed of those ink stains or milk splashes.
  9. SHARED SPACES FOR TWINS OR MORE : We have been discussing the things considering a one child one room concept as yet. What if the space will have to be shared by more than one child? Obviously, there's no easy answer to that. The parents must take more care into planning such spaces considering all the above points thinking of the individual and grouped personality traits. Sounds a tough nut to crack, isn't it? But, successful parents surely know the answer.. or at least the way forward to plan something good for their wards who are going to share the room.
  10. TAKING CUES FROM ONE ANOTHER : Take heart in knowing and believing that no one in this world is perfect. Everyone learns from everyone, and the shared experiences are all the more rewarding, most of the parents say. So, voyage into reading more, sharing more and discussing more among your friend's circle, TV shows, internet guides, interior designers' blogs, etc. etc. etc. Enrich the experience and share with others too.
Do share with us your viewpoints and what other important points can be included in this list of 'things to remember while Designing Interiors for your Child's Room'.

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