A child’s bedroom is different to a normal, adult bedroom. There are many reasons as to why this is, and to why getting it right is so important. A child’s bedroom provides them the security of their early formative years of sleep, and should be the place they feel the safest in the entire world. However, this is not only what a child’s bedroom should serve as. If you have the space to gift them, it might be worth ensuring they are treated to the following matters in your next redesign:
Somewhere To Recharge
A child’s bedroom should be associated with relaxation and refreshment in the mind of your child. This allows them to understand no matter how hard the day, they can always find comfort and security within its walls. For that, it should be as comfortable as possible. It might be you purchase a low bed with a strong and comfortable mattress. You might purchase bean bags around the room for when they want to relax with a book on their own. It could be that day and night blinds allow for naps to be taken whenever needed.
It should at the very least be tidy and efficiently organized, so they can navigate the room and it will have a comforting effect, rather than a distressing effect on their mental state. After all, our environment can influence our mood, and that is even truer considering the sensitive and observant nature of children.
Children should see their rooms as place to recharge and feel better about themselves. It can pay to rework it with this in mind.
Somewhere To Play
Children do not play because it’s a frivolous activity that saves them from boredom. In fact, it’s an incredibly important tool to help them develop and experiment with social situations, or to learn more about the world. While you might have toys downstairs, and you might find yourself picking them up quite often, it’s also important for a child to have their own place space. This might be a doll’s house area, or a lego set construction zone. Children love to play with siblings, but they also enjoy playing alone, and can find their imagination develop much more profoundly this way.
If you have the space for it, allowing a child this room to explore with their toys can be a wonderful boon in their development, and give them a place to stress-bust with ease.
A Place Of Protection
Bedrooms are the place where we feel the most comfortable in the world. This means we need to feel protected there. Of course, usually an adult feels safe with a lock on the door, but this will not work for children. A child feels safe knowing you are near, and that the room is connected to the wider house. A child feels connected with blankets on them at night, and the window shut tightly. This means you might consider implementing a night light here, or opening the door a little to the corridor they can reach you through.
This also means keeping your child’s bedroom in relative proximity to yours, so that they know you’re only around the corner and can come at any time. It’s amazing to see just how soundly a child can sleep when they are protected in this environment.
A Place Of Imagination
Children love to play, but there are many more forms of nurturing creativity than this. When redecorating a children’s room, it might be you implement fantasy elements as a design trend. You might stencil beautiful images of mermaids around the room, or even pain a fantastic beautiful aquatic scene on one wall, or even hire a painter to mock up your child as one of these fantasy heroes or heroines.
To do so allows the child to feel their bedroom as separate from the world, as a personal fantasy space where they are King or Queen and they are the most important person possible. In rooms with more than one child, you might have them collaborate on their different styles, perhaps allowing for two designs to meet. Of course, it might take a little more creative input on your part, as children are usually happy with a form of theme. It’s important to realize that the bedroom of your child will be something they remember lifelong, and sometimes the memory of a fantasy landscape can stick with them long after they grow and paint over those walls. Before that happens, promoting imagination can be a truly wonderful prospect.
A Child’s Domain
While it’s unlikely that your son or daughter is currently paying you rent, it’s important for them to have a feeling of ownership over a space. This could mean having them complete certain chores of their of the right age, such as making their bed or tidying their toys. It might also be that you ask them for their limited input when decorating and moving the space, such as giving them two options of where the bed could be placed, or how to place their Lego kingdom along their desk.
A child can develop well when given this sense of personal space, as it starts teaching them responsibility, or at least to respect their surroundings. Of course, the room will still be strewn with toys, and the bed will not go made every day. However, these simply surface tasks (with your help) can allow for a long-term and healthy attitude towards ‘their property,’ and those drilled in attitudes should stick with them when they move out.
Places Of Pride
Children are desperate for your validation and approval. Why not give them this? Use their bedroom to display their best achievements, from fun artwork they have made lining the walls to that amazing swimming certificate they gained at age six. These things should remind them of their interest, their effort, and just how well they have done. That’s a great way for a child to build self-confidence, and that is just as important as imagination to foster within them.
By now you should know six functions of a children’s bedroom, and they might not have all been what you were expecting. Implementing but a couple of suggestions on this list can help you decorate and design the dream children’s bedroom they will thank you for in the future.