Room to Grow
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!