Blog by Naomi Cook
As a child grows, the bedroom goes from a nursery to a playroom. The decorations you chose for your baby will probably be replaced by decorations that reflect your child's interests.
Vibrant, colorful decor with lots of shapes and eye-catching detail can brighten a small child's room and offer visual interest that helps kids learn. As the child gets older, you can let them make choices to turn their bedroom into something that reflects their growing personality.
One of your priorities might be adding security cameras to make it easy to monitor your child for safety in their room. Don't forget about fun, though. Colorful Disney collections and other themed decorations can help make your child's room a fun place to be.
A decorated nursery or baby's room won't just make you happy when you walk into it, but it will also help foster your child's creativity.
Long before children can speak, they're learning and developing through all their senses. Different textures, like the texture in a carpet or throw rug, excite their sense of touch. Patterns, colors, and shapes give them something to look at and process.
Of course, hearing others speak also helps babies' brains develop. A decorated room will give a baby more to look at, try to talk about, and explore.
By the time babies become toddlers, they've developed some preferences. They might have favorite colors, animals, foods, books, and TV shows. Unless you have a separate playroom, your child's bedroom probably reflects some of their favorite things, like the toys and activities they prefer.
As your child grows, let them have a say in how the room looks. Allowing your child to choose designs and colors helps them develop a sense of self and independence. If they get to decide whether to have bugs or teddy bears in a wallpaper border, they'll enjoy the room even more.
Children don't get to make many choices. They eat the food you prepare for them and wear the clothes you buy. They can't drive themselves anywhere or decide to take a trip.
Letting children help choose things like food, clothing, and room decorations helps them learn to make decisions. A choice of room decor can help a child feel more in control of their environment and create a sense of pride in how nice the room looks.
Compromising with your kids about room decorations helps them problem solve and make their case for the things they enjoy. As your child grows, they'll want to change the decorations and color scheme. Remember that even if you dislike a choice your child makes, it won't be permanent.
The Bedroom as a Safe Haven
We all want private space that we can come home to at the end of the day and feel secure and relaxed. Kids' bedrooms should be no different. A child should be able to go into the bedroom and feel comfortable.
For some kids, comfort might include being surrounded by their favorite toys and colors. For others, it might mean lots of books or stuffed animals. The room decor should give your child a feeling of familiarity and safety and reflect their interests more than yours.
One great way to get your child involved in decorating the room is to let them help. You can start by choosing colors and any themes you want together.
Sports, nature, fantasy worlds, and nearly anything that interests your child can appear in the room by painting with stencils, using wallpaper, or purchasing themed collections to decorate the walls. Choose a paint color together, and if the child is old enough, let them help paint the walls.
If your child is too young or you don't want them to help paint the walls, compromise with art. They'll be able to point to the drawing or painting they created on their wall and feel a sense of pride.
You can frame finger-paintings or drawings you have on hand. It might be even more fun to let them create something specifically to hang in the room.
Organization as Decor
Part of an attractive, decorated child's room is organization. Be sure you have enough furniture and storage to give your child places to put toys, books, and other objects away when they've finished playing.
Plenty of storage lets you teach your child how to keep the room clean, which will improve the appearance of the room and foster good habits for a lifetime.
Blog by Naomi Cook