FUN and FUNC­TIONAL for kids

Dec­o­rat­ing your child’s bed­room can be oh-so tricky but re­ward­ing for both of you

Waikato News - - Design, Build & Maintain -

AS FADS COME and go and lit­tle kids be­come big kids, dec­o­rat­ing your child’s room can be tricky. Your child’s tastes are con­stantly changing, and their room needs to change as much as they do. That might sim­ply mean a change in paint colour, a more so­phis­ti­cated du­vet cover or a desk that’s suitable for home­work as op­posed to tod­dler art­work. Or it might mean a com­plete over­haul. Ei­ther way, a child’s bed­room de­sign should be fun and func­tional, and colour is a great place to start.

“Don’t be afraid to em­brace colour,” says in­te­rior de­signer Anna Cuth­bert from Cuth­bert In­te­ri­ors, “be­cause ev­ery time you look at it you’ll feel good.”

Juicy hues of lemon, orange and berry cre­ate a fun, en­er­gis­ing at­mos­phere, while na­ture’s gar­den-fresh greens and sum­mer sea blues pro­vide a fresh, re­lax­ing feel. A sooth­ing wall colour like laven­der or pale blue cre­ates a calm­ing, ready-to-sleep en­vi­ron­ment.

“For in­fants and young chil­dren I use soft colours— colours that aren’t too bright— that in­duce good sleep pat­terns,” says Anna. “So you could do very pale yel­low for boys or very pale duck egg blues for boys or girls. I’ve used Resene Robin Egg Blue and Resene Smalt Blue, both from the Resene Karen Walker range. Or you could use colours like Resene Es­cape [a pale cerulean blue] and Resene Flour­ish [a soft lime].”

A fea­ture wall can add spice to a room with­out over­whelm­ing it— and it’s easy to up­date as your child grows.

“Try a soft pink room [Resene Slip­per] with a bright pink fea­ture wall [Resene Bal­le­rina],” says Resene colour con­sul­tant Becca Long. “Al­ter­na­tively, use a metal­lic paint [Resene En­chanted] as a fea­ture for a ‘pretty pink’ girl’s room, from the Resene KidzColour chart.”

Or cre­ate a fun, play­ful vibe by pair­ing stripes and bright colours.

“Mask out stripes or some funky chevrons with mask­ing tape and have fun with a va­ri­ety of colours,” says Becca. “Red, blue and white stripes are clas­sic for a young boy’s room. Try Resene Get Reddy, Su­per Du­per and Alabaster.

“Or try a bold, yel­low rac­ing stripe around your child’s room, us­ing Resene Fizz. Then, to make the stripe even cooler, coat the stripe in Resene Wri­teon Wall Paint— a clear paint that al­lows you to write on your wall with white­board mark­ers.”

Resene Black­board Paint makes a fun, in­ter­ac­tive back­drop for a bed­room, too, and walls and stor­age clos­ets can be painted with Resene Mag­netic Magic to al­low your kids to tack up art­work, lists, notes and word mag­nets.

For the per­fect fin­ish­ing touch, add cheer­ful ac­cents like rugs, throws, cush­ions and bed linens, which can be changed as eas­ily as your child’s in­ter­ests.

“I of­ten cus­tom-make rugs for kids’ bed­rooms,” says Anna. “In the past I’ve done great big mul­ti­coloured dots that have been scat­tered across bed­room floors, to surf boards, to stan­dard colour neu­tral shaggy pile pur­ple rugs that co-or­di­nate. I like putting rugs in bed­rooms be­cause they de­fine a play space and they keep an area warm, es­pe­cially if you’ve got a tim­ber floor. Even with stone floors and un­der­floor heat­ing, the floor is warm but it’s not tac­tile, so it’s nice to put down a rug.”

Mix­ing styles (stripes, flo­rals and geo­met­ric shapes, for ex­am­ple) can work well if you stick to a con­sis­tent colour pal­ette. A flurry of pat­terns can also be bro­ken up by us­ing plenty of neu­trals in be­tween.

If your chil­dren share a room but don’t share the same favourite colour, pick­ing a colour for the walls can be dif­fi­cult.

“Try mask­ing out a fun pat­tern like polka dots and in­cor­po­rate all their favourite colours in a funky pat­tern,” says Becca.

When a boy and girl are bunk­ing to­gether, it gets even trick­ier.

“To suit both gen­ders, try mix­ing limes and pinks. This combo will add both a fem­i­nine and a mas­cu­line feel to the room,” Becca ad­vises.

Or go for com­pletely gen­derneu­tral colours to make both kids feel at home.

Think be­yond pale blues and pinks though if you want your cho­sen paint colour to grow with your child. Becca sug­gests look­ing at ‘tran­si­tional colours’ — colours that will take your child through their ages and stages from tod­dler to teen.

“Resene Sports Star is a great soft blue that a young boy can eas­ily carry through to his teenage years,” she says. Resene Eighth Stone­henge, a change­able muted grey, is an­other colour that will eas­ily adapt with your chil­dren as they grow.

In any case, do em­brace colour.

“I think the more you ex­pose kids to colour at an early age the more they will ap­pre­ci­ate it and en­joy it as they grow up,” says Anna. “En­joy your­self. Be happy. Em­brace it.”

DREAMLAND: The Resene colours for this de­light­ful kid’s bed­room are: walls, Seag­ull; clouds, Quar­ter Alabaster; head­board cloud, Alabaster; sun, Gorse; floor, Spin­naker; desk, Shake­speare; stool, Jelly Bean (base) and Shake­speare (top); and bed­side ta­ble, Jelly Bean.

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