Designing Your Child’s Room

by Editor on June 5, 2013

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As the saying goes, children are our future. As such they deserve their own space within your family home; just like adults, children have their own likes and dislikes. Some are not quite as easy to translate in a design, while others will seem to flow naturally. When you design your child’s room, make sure you also keep their safety in mind.  Below you will find tips and ideas to help guide your design.

Purpose of the Room

The first step in designing any room in your home is deciding on its purpose. This step becomes even more crucial when you are thinking about the design of your child’s room. Is the room also going to double as their playroom or is it going to be solely for sleeping? Knowing the answer to this question will help guide the rest of your design choices.

Safety First

Once you have determined the purpose(s) of the room, it’s time to start thinking about the design. As you lay out every piece of your plan from the paint you choose to the furniture and other design choices, it is important to keep safety in mind throughout the entire process.

Place a safety cover on all electrical outlets. These covers are important to ensure that your child cannot harm themselves. There are even covers that allow you to still use the outlet while keeping your child safe.

Make sure all furniture is safe and sturdy on a level surface. Round off all sharp corners to avoid inadvertent injury. You can purchase covers that will allow you to do this without permanently changing the look of an object.

Fire safety is also important in your child’s room, as it is throughout your entire home. Make sure there is a working smoke detector in the room as well as easy access to a window in case of emergency.

Choosing a Paint Color

One of the most important aspects of any design is choosing the right paint scheme for the room. Ask for your child’s input if they are able to convey to you their favorite color. You can even incorporate a favorite character into the scheme.  If they are unable to convey exactly what they want, you can choose the colors from a color wheel. Keep in mind that certain colors may help stimulate your child’s senses while others will help calm them.

Time for the Furniture

 Include your child in this step of the process as well. Make sure your choices are not only safe, but accessible to your child as well. Purchase a toy box as well to help keep the room looking tidy. You can create a theme around a special character or design and carry it through your furniture so that everything looks and feels coherent in the space.

Window Coverings

 Beyond the furniture, your child’s room will also need window coverings. These will not only help to tie together the overall theme of the room, they will also help to keep the sunlight out as necessary for naptime and bedtime.  Fabric window treatments are a great choice as they are versatile and easy to clean and care for when needed.

Designing your child’s room will be a process, but in the end the reward will be them enjoying their own space for a long time to come.

About the Author

Ashely is a part of a team of writers who have contributed to tons of home improvement blogs. Follow her @AshelyMarie1985 to see what else she has to say!

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