Last month we introduced ‘Little Roomies’ – a monthly feature week delving into the lives and rooms of small people, easily the most fun rooms to decorate. While there are no set rules for decorating in kids rooms, it is helpful to have a point of reference to come back to when ideas mount up and spiral out of control.
A childs room may need to perform several functions, especially in a shared room, working to a plan and keeping ideas, and styles to a minimum, will give the room consistancy.
Alongside colour choice and décor accents, the functionality of the room needs to be a priority in order to ensure the room a usable space. Organising properly it from the outset, helps keep things tidy and minimises the onset of the enivitable clutter. Here are our top tips for getting started with your little one:
- Start a scrap book with your child, use images from magazines, old books and printouts from pinterest. Head down to Resene and choose lots of colour swatches to cut and paste. Get a measuring tape – kids love measuring everything! Draw a floor plan, cut out little shapes for furniture and play around with the layout.
- Kids often go for bold colours – bright blues, yellows and pinks. Try and incorperate a chosen colour into the room, you don’t have to paint every wall shocking pink, but give your kids ownership of a wardrobe door, or a piece of old furniture to repaint.
- Lower the bar in the wardrobe and purchase little coathangers, kids love hanging clothes and it can be made into a fun activity to hang clothes and line up shoes.
- Children are natural collectors. Make sure they have room to display the latest finds, mini shelving, pinboards, magnetic wall paper – plus a collection of storage boxes for keepsakes to be close at hand.
- Each year, have a spring clean – declutter old, unused toys and file art work. Rework the furniture layout and bedding for the change of season. Also consider changing one or two elements to refresh for age appropirateness – a new desk for homework, or a reading corner where the change table once was.
Last month we created building blocks for a whimsical yet elegant girls room. This month we are taking props from this wee chap, and creating an adventurous room with dark and modern hues, which can accommodate the changing onset of school years, and beyond.