Designing the kids room can be an enjoyable project for both parents and children.
Whether the theme you choose is a fairy-tale scene, or a traditional setting, you want the room to be a comfortable, stimulating, and safe environment that will contribute to the quality of your child’s life.
Although there’s no one way to do it right, a well-planned room will help your child develop his or her abilities and strengths and provide opportunities for learning at every stage of development.
Use these six tips when assessing the potential of the kid’s room, as you begin planning:
- Size and space.A large room for a small child can be scary, and the space may have to be broken up by dividers or modular units to make it warm and manageable. Conversely, you can make a small, cramped room appear larger and brighter by using color, light, and furniture placement.
- Light and ventilation.It is important to have plenty of fresh air in the room. In a poorly ventilated room, you might be able to add a window or a ceiling fan to increase air circulation. The direction the room faces, the amount of natural light it receives, and where the light falls affect the window treatment and the placement of artificial lighting.
- Architectural features.If a complete renovation of the architectural features in the kids room is not an option, try to accentuate the best features of the room by using colors or decorations that will make them stand out; disguise existing faults by using colors that blend into the background, or camouflage them with movable screens.
- The condition of the walls and whether they are rough or smooth will help you decide whether to use paint or wall covering. Be sure to check the walls and ceiling for dampness. If the room is drafty or if noise is a problem, the floor or walls may need to be insulated. If it isn’t practical to insulate the walls in your child’s room, it might be possible to insulate the adjoining room.
- The temperature of the room should be even — 65 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit is ideal under normal conditions. Do not leave heating units exposed; cover them with screens or guards that are appropriate for small children. If you are adding an additional heat source, make sure it is UL tested and permanently affixed. Portable heaters are not recommended for use in your child’s room.
- Electrical outlets. Although one or two outlets may be fine for an infant’s room, they will probably be insufficient when your child begins to read and use electronic equipment and games. Extension cords and long trading wires are a hazard and should not be used in children’s rooms. The need for more outlets indicates need for proper rewiring.
Whatever the shape of the room, you can make it safe and comfortable for children. By examining the physical structure, you will discover limitations as well as elements that will stimulate your imagination for decorative schemes.
The decor does not need to be elaborate to capture a child’s imagination. Simple themes can work well, especially if children participate in the design process and the room allows for their special interest.
Planning the kids room should be a fun and creative endeavor!
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