Room to Grow

Home & Decor (Singapore) - - Feature -

When it comes to chil­dren’s rooms, it’s only nat­u­ral to want to pro­vide a space con­ducive to their well-be­ing. Here are some bed­room de­sign ideas for their grow­ing-up years.

CRE­ATIVE PAINT

Just like ev­ery­thing else in a child’s life, imag­i­na­tion and cre­ativ­ity must be nur­tured to keep them alive. Bright colours like blue, pink, green and yel­low ap­peal to chil­dren and stim­u­late their minds. Why not go a step fur­ther and paint the walls ac­cord­ing to a theme they love? Du­lux’s Far Away Places kits pro­vide a paint­ing sys­tem and the tools for cre­at­ing an in­spir­ing room. There are eight themes for chil­dren to choose from, in­clud­ing the pi­rateth­emed Trea­sure Is­land, Africa-in­spired Sa­fari Land (pic­tured) and, for as­pir­ing su­per­heroes, City of He­roes.

SAFE TOYS

Toys and an en­gag­ing en­vi­ron­ment help a child’s de­vel­op­ment. When choos­ing toys, con­sider those that are safe and kind to the en­vi­ron­ment. Wooden toys of­fer the ben­e­fits of dura­bil­ity, ver­sa­til­ity and time­less­ness. They also en­cour­age imag­i­na­tion, of­fer less dis­trac­tion and help build fine mo­tor skills. With wooden toys like these from Miso­toys, avail­able at Na­ture-K, there’s no worry if the kids bite them – the way chil­dren tend to!

SLIDE FOR MORE

When kids move into their tod­dler years, they be­come more ac­tive as they de­velop more so­cial skills and build their imag­i­na­tion. As chil­dren learn to ex­plore their en­vi­ron­ment, they find ex­hil­a­ra­tion in classic play­ground toys like the slide and the swing. Let chil­dren en­gage in play with their friends in the com­fort of home with the Essa Slide, avail­able at Essa Grace, which is suit­able for kids be­tween two and six years old.

PER­SON­AL­ITY PICKS

Every kid has his or her own per­son­al­ity, and it shines through in their choice of colours, toys and habits. Ac­ces­sories make a dif­fer­ence, in terms of how a room looks and how chil­dren feel in their own space.

LIGHT UP

Light­ing is es­sen­tial for com­fort, safety and prac­ti­cal­ity. In ad­di­tion to gen­eral light­ing, in­clude the fol­low­ing in a child’s room: a desk light for do­ing home­work, a bed­side light for story time, and a night light so that the room is not to­tally dark at bed­time. The size of the light should be pro­por­tion­ate to that of the fur­ni­ture, like these (pic­tured) from Ikea, in or­der to re­duce vis­ual clut­ter.

SUP­PORT DESK

Ed­u­ca­tion is a pil­lar of a child’s life. A study area pro­vides a space where chil­dren can learn with­out dis­trac­tion. En­hance their com­fort with er­gonomic fur­ni­ture. With rounded edges for safety, the Im­pact Ergo-Grow­ing Desk, avail­able at Er­goworks, is per­fect for the chil­dren’s room. More im­por­tantly, the work­top’s tilt and height can be ad­justed to suit dif­fer­ent pur­poses, as well as ages. Chil­dren can still use it later in their teenage years. Pair it with an er­gonomic chair, which is height- and back­rest-ad­justable.

“SOME TIPS TO AC­CES­SORISE: USE DUVET COV­ERS WITH TRENDIER DE­SIGNS, PUT UP PIC­TURE FRAMES WITH PRINTS THAT IN­TER­EST KIDS, AND ADD COOL MATCH­ING CUSH­IONS AND RUGS.” — SHAHIRAH AZ­MAN, IN­TE­RIOR DE­SIGNER, MAKE ROOM

SHAR­ING A ROOM

Many par­ents choose to have their chil­dren share a room to en­cour­age a strong bond be­tween sib­lings. Space can be an is­sue, though. Go for bunk beds to free up space for play. That said, it’s vi­tal to max­imise func­tion­al­ity in the space, too. The Tempo fur­ni­ture series, avail­able at Ac­tus Hause, features a bunk bed, and comes with a third bed. The space­sav­ing de­sign can also be cus­tomised to in­clude a wall shelf and a wall desk or stor­age boxes and hang­ers.

THROUGH THE AGES

For par­ents who wish to get more mileage out of the fur­nish­ings, a bed that takes a child through the grow­ing phases would be a prac­ti­cal choice. The solid pine Space Dream bed, avail­able from Kuhl Home, is sturdy and also sen­si­ble. Drawer stor­age can be fit­ted be­neath. The space-themed side panel not only ap­peals to chil­dren, but also keeps them from fall­ing off dur­ing slum­ber. Should the child’s love for space travel wane as they grow up, the side panel can sim­ply be re­moved.

Ikea’s Luriga hedge­hog LED night light keeps the room softly il­lu­mi­nated – per­fect for a child who’s afraid of the dark!

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