Kid's bedroom ? It's child's play

 

 

 

There are so many books, articles, blog posts and sites about kids bedrooms décor but they tend to focus mainly on the aesthetics which of course is important but I firmly believe the way we decorate our children’s room influences the way they feel about being home, having that special place that has been created just for them, a nurturing space that should be designed to always brings comfort. There is no doubt in my mind in one’s home, childrens' bedrooms have to be the absolute cutest and reflects your little one's personality but also cater for his or her need to play, sleep, read, dream and create and as they get older, to study and just ‘hang out'.

 

Sleep.

Sleep is so important for children’s healthy development.  We have all had the experience of how bad the day after an awful night sleep is. Children, just like us should be looking forward to going to bed at night knowing that the next day is another adventure. One third of our lives will be spent in bed, it is essential you make it a priority to teach our children to cherish going to a cosy, welcoming bed in order to recharge for the next day. That is one item that should be bought with great care. To dress up and make that bed super cosy, I love vintage, simple, soft and natural tones and fabrics with colour accent on cushion, a soft blanket at the end of the bed, or a childish pillowcase.

 

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Play

The second most important thing your child will be doing in his room. Play is equally important to a growing little person as sleep is. Parents often go crazy at how messy, and disorganised the room can be but for your child spreading toys is an essential part of playing. There are ways to minimise the mess, I for example, really like to leave out only three of my boys’ absolute favourite play things, a basket of each must do. So, Lego, Playmobil and  Bionicles will be the only toys left permanently outside the cupboard. They each belong to a pretty basket, so the tidying up at the end of the day is fast and easy even for a youngster. All the other toys, games, board games and bit and pieces are tucked away behind closed doors, so they get taken out one a time. This allow the mind to focus on the item or game chosen instead of over stimulating them.

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Lay out

If you look at your child’s preferred activities, you will find clues to how to arrange the space. Does she like to spend hours on the floor building things or seems to prefer drawing and cutting and being crafty ? Arrange the space accordingly to give him or the space and layout they need.Does your child, like most, enjoy gathering and collect things ? A pretty shelf just for treasures can look delightful.Books arranged nicely with decorating items or creations can finish the look of a bedroom.I like to include, pretty small boxes, tins or baskets on shelves just for the gathered little items, I find under the couch like puzzle pieces or car wheels, and every now and then, I go through that box and put the lost item in it’s appropriate place, (or throw it the bin !)

 

Colour.

I don’t believe a room should be bombarded with primary colours to be attractive to a child, neither does it have to be white. There are lots of ideas, patterns and colours and textures that make a room inviting and pleasing to the eye. Do what you think is right, I love the idea of a beautiful wallpaper, or soft coloured walls with matching curtains, or clashing for that mater. Have you seen my little video of my new craze ? I have totally fell in love with these cutest little stickers ever !  Have fun with this, you probably can’t do this in any other room of your house.  Don’t forget, it is a child’s room and it will probably change in a few years.

 

Read and work.

From the youngest ages, children love being read to and what parent doesn’t like that time of day when the times come to tuck a beautiful and tired child into a cosy bed?   The night time story will as years go by transform into reading time and later, homework and revision. It is important to cater for that essential need too. A ceiling light is not sufficient in children’s bedroom, choose a soft light with which the child can relax but also efficient lamps or wall light strategically placed, above or  behind the bed for example in order to read, work and play.

 

Most importantly, have fun, treat yourself because as well as creating a beautiful room for your child, you are creating the memory of a place they want to be, where they feel safe and loved and cared for.They do grow so fast and before you know it, will be taking charge of the decoration that expresses their own tastes and likes.

 

 

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3 Pro lighting tips to make you and your room look better

Don't stay in the dark !

 

Finding the perfect light is for many the hardest part of decorating a house.

It is like a minefield out there!  The amount of choice, price and style is mind blowing and unfortunately isn’t making the task any less difficult.

Yet, good lighting really finishes the room. Like the perfect pair of shoes finishes an outfit. It really does. The perfect lighting can also make you look better (I am not kidding, ladies, think about when you go bra shopping, need I say more? )

But I’m getting side tracked.

 

Let me share with you my pro lighting tips that will make you and your room look even better.

 

 To get the right lighting for your space, there are a few rules to obey.

You know, you have seen this gorgeous lamp in the shop, and you love it and then you buy it and take it home and it doesn’t even come close to your expectation ? That is so frustrating and we have been there.

 

 Pro Tip #1

Think about the height of the lamp.

Ideally, it should come to your eye level, the last thing you want when you are sitting on your couch or working at your desk is seeing any part of the bulb.

You really just want light, not getting retina damage. Make sure you think about where you will be positioning yourself not just the lamp.

 

Pro tip #2

I might sound silly now but think of the actual light itself.  I mean, is it going to be a useful light you actually need to write or work or prepare things, like you would at your desk or over a kitchen island ? Maybe you are just after some soft ambiance lighting in the living room so you are not watching TV in total darkness ?  Thinking of this will help you choosing the right lamp.  

 

Pro tip #3

Have more than one light source in the room

Depending what sort of lighting you have on the ceiling, a pendant or a set of down lights, dimmers are always a good idea.  They really help controlling the mood you want to create, no one wants to wear sun glasses while having dinner for example.

I also recommend you have more than one source of light, mix different ones around the room, a couple on a side table, one floor lamp and and maybe a wall  lamp ? Think about it next time you visit your favourite restaurant, have a look at the lighting.

All these tips will make your room, your decor and yourself look better.

I hope I have helped to take the hassle out of choosing the right lighting. For more tips and regular updates, scroll down a bit and  become a Roaming Atelier VIP. 

 

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