As Little Roomies grow it is important to adapt their rooms for age appropriate activities – sometimes it is hard to keep on top of how fast they develop. A total renovation feels daunting, and is often delayed due to new arrivals and finances. But making small changes each season, and recognising the growing and changing needs of your child can be important as they love to take ownership and enjoy their spaces.
Often the move from pre-schooler to ‘the big 5’ is the most obvious time for changes. Homework and the onset of school life brings a need to use the bedroom for more than merely sleeping and storage of overflowing soft toy collections.
A fantastic way to start adapting the space is to add a small reading nook. It might mean moving the old nursing chair, and helping your child take ownership of the area. Adding a small area of blackboard paint, or a feature colour can help visually define the space – this gorgeous strip of magnetic wallpaper from SE3 is perfect for the job.
Remember to add book display and storage, and make sure it is easily accessible. Adding wall display bookshelves, like the Ubabub clear shelves, keeps favourite books in sight. And long-term storage is perfect for helping keep burgeoning book collections under control and dust free. We love the new options from Move Ur Art, which allow you to add your own custom patterns.
A stylish tote is also a must for carting library books home, and keeping them from getting lost, we keep our’s in this Citta Design tote, with the library receipt taped to the front
Of course, ensuring a reading nook is fun and functional will always include a snuggly nana blanket (bright and fun options readily available from Izzy&Jean), and no Roomie design would be complete without the perfect task light – this gorgeous floor lamp will stand the test of time (literally) and reinvent itself as a bedside lamp or a (next to) desk lamp as your child grows.
Smart, comfortable, fun and functional. That’s what the perfect reading nook looks like.