Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Guest Article by Eva Stephen

Colour and Creativity: 2 Main Tools for Styling Your Child's Room 

 HELLO LITTLE KNICK KNACK READERS! I AM EVA FROM SHOP 4 FURNITURE. I’D LIKE TO SAY THANKS TO MEG WHO GAVE ME AN OPPORTUNITY TO WRITE A GUEST POST ON HER BLOG. I HOPE YOU ENJOY IT. 

No other room in a house, besides the children’s bedroom, can pull off being over-crowded with “stuff” and painted with mismatched, screaming colours. However, these traits are more than welcome in a room that’s designed for games, fairytales and innocent dreams.

Some rules do apply, though 

The best thing about decorating a child’s room is the enormous freedom of expression that is allowed. However, there are certain rules that should still be followed. Here are a few things to consider:

• The room size
• Position of children’s beds in relation to toys
• The overall effect it creates

 For example, if the room is very small, there are wonderful solutions and furniture choices to make the best of it. Children’s furniture that can be two beds, a desk, and a toy cabinet all in one provides ultimate organization and utility.
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Another design criterion is to pay attention to is the position of the furniture. If space allows, it is wise to separate sleep area from the play area and teach children about the importance of healthy sleep.

Though children’s rooms are usually crowded with stuffed animals, games, posters, dolls, cars and blocks, there’s a limit to how over-crowded a room can be and still look charming. A room crowded with toys and bright wall stickers, curtains, lamps, bed covers, pillows, pajamas, etc. might be overwhelming. Finding a balance of toys and color is key.

Colours are the playroom’s soul

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You can really have fun painting your children’s walls and choosing furniture colour. If your kids have a strong desire for a blue, red, or any other coloured room, you should respect their wish. If not, go ahead and use your imagination. You can either paint the room in different shades of one colour, or try out hot pink with green, screaming red with purple, etc. 


 Some people like to give their children a sense of freedom by letting them draw on the walls. That, also, can turn out to be quite an artistic and creative activity

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Frugal and adventurous decorating

You don’t need to spend a lot of money on fancy furniture and expensive toys. What your children want is a sense of adventure. Think about what interests them: princesses and pirates, scary forests and dangerous caves, animals, insects and curious devices. 

Imagine their joy if you made something as simple as a tent-bed, using inexpensive pieces of wood, any old linen and some other fun objects. You’d be creating a scene from their favourite story and they’d especially like the feeling that none of their friends have such a bed. 

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Imagination knows no boundaries 

Here’s a wonderfully hip girls’ room:

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Pay attention to details, colour choices, rugs in different shapes, princess-like bed and modern looking decorations hanging from the ceiling. Take a look at the bold black-and white walls and ceiling, futuristic flowers, a mix of the childish in the googly eyed green chair and adolescent in the trendy handbags.

Visit some home decoration blogs, take a look at other people’s ideas and don’t be afraid to steal them. Most people agree that styling a child’s bedroom is one of the most entertaining part of decorating one’s home, and you should fully enjoy it. Just focus on happy colours and don’t shy away from any “crazy” idea that you might have.

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