Baby & Kids
Children are the apples of their parents’ eyes. When they enter your life, your kids bring along joy, hopes, and expectations. Your heart bursts with joy and pride as you watch them grow, play, and learn new things every day. Yet, it is at this beginning phase of their life journey that your children are at their most vulnerable and helpless. They don’t know their requirements nor have the capability to communicate their wishes. You owe it to yourself to keep them safe, comfortable, and happy.
The Baby and Kids’ Room
It’s important to create living spaces designed for your children’s needs and wants through their growing years. As babies and kids, your children usually have the run of the entire house. But apart from this, they also need a room of their own. Apart from teaching them to become self-reliant, this arrangement inculcates the learning spirit in children. They can spend time playing, learning, and developing their hobbies. Of course, your kids’ room has to factor in all these elements at the design level itself.
Apart from the room layout, and the color scheme, it’s the furniture that plays a vital role in the look, feel and utility value of your children’s room. Taking adequate care while designing the children’s room, will help in the physical, mental and emotional development of your children in their growing up years. Remember, as your children keep growing, so will their needs, wants, and interests. When it comes to designing your children’s room, the challenge lies in creating a balance between functionality, safety, and style. The room should be a home, school, play area, and den rolled-in-one for your kids.
The challenge with children's rooms is that they need to be both functional and perky at the same time. So, though you can let your creativity flow while doing up your children's room, care must also be taken to ensure that it comfortably allows for everything a child's room is meant to provide.
Types of Baby and Kids’ Rooms
Nursery: Basically, these are meant for newborn babies and toddlers. Nurseries are meant to be comfortable and reassuring to the babies, especially when they wake up, and find that mom is not around. The idea is to let the décor exude a soothing and calm ambiance. Soft fabrics for beds and curtains, pastel colors for decor, and small-sized wooden furniture with rounded edges, help keep your baby safe and in good spirits. Furniture components here range from cribs and baby cots to changing tables and storage for clothes and toys. A comfortable chair will also come in handy for the mom to sit and nurse the baby.
Kids Room: The style and décor in these rooms depend upon factors such as the number of occupants, their gender, age, individual likes, and dislikes. A kids’ room usually accommodates one to two siblings. The privacy factor comes into play if the room is shared between brother and sister. While maintaining an overall theme of uniformity, shared rooms have some scope for individual privacy and preferences. This is achieved by apportioning a part of the room for each child, for storage and study purposes while leaving some common space for combined activities such as games and hobbies. Meant for several activities such as sleeping, studying, and spending their free time, kids’ rooms usually contain furniture basics such as beds, study sets, shelves, and cabinets.
Elements of Designing Your Baby and Kid’s Room
Light: Well-lit rooms are essential for your children’s eye health as well as their emotional well-being. Ensuring ample light during the daytime as well as at night is a basic aspect of designing your kids’ room. Allow natural light to stream into the room during the day. For the evenings, you can experiment with a combination of ceiling lights, LED lamps, and study table lights. Apart from ensuring healthy eyes, this arrangement helps your children feel safe and cozy in any part of the room.
Color: Children, especially, find colors very fascinating. No wonder, every child had a favorite color or two. Colors can be used to great effect in the children’s room. Bright, pastel colors add a warm, friendly feel to the room. Similarly, floral patterns, your child’s favorite cartoon characters, animal paintings, you name it, the walls of the room can be used as a canvas for your child’s fantasies. Complement the thematic color scheme with furniture and accessories in matching or contrasting colors. Your kids will just love the effect!
Storage: When it comes to designing your kids’ rooms, storage is a major factor to keep in mind. With toys, playthings, books, and sundry other knick-knacks, people are invariably tripping all over the place. To avoid potential injuries as well as keep away clutter and chaos, it’s important to organize sufficient storage space. You can choose from shelves, and almirahs to wall-mounted cabinets to store your child’s paraphernalia and keep it out of sight. Cleaning the room also becomes easy when you have everything stacked away. It also helps your children to learn how to stay organized.
Furniture Essentials in the Nursery and Kids’ Room
Cribs: Considered the most important nursery essentials, the crib is where your precious little one will spend its sleeping hours. While cribs are available for every budget and style preference, just make sure you choose one that’s sturdy and secure for the baby during unguarded moments.
Changing Tables: With dirty diapers being the constant during your baby’s first year, you’ll need a changing table to keep things simple and easy. A stationary changing table with storage capacity is a standard fixture in the baby’s nursery. While choosing a changing table for your baby, make sure it has a comfortable pad to lay your baby on.
Beds: Adequate rest in the form of sleep is essential for your child’s growth and development. The bed you choose has to provide comfort, safety, and aesthetic value to the room. From bunk beds to more elaborate versions such as a cartoon or fairy tale-based thematic beds, you have a wide variety to choose beds for your kids. The bed should not feel cramped or stuffy for a growing child. Rounded corners, anti-bacterial laminates, soft but firm mattresses are sleeping essentials in your child’s room.
Study Tables: Your kids will need a study table from around when they begin their formal learning process. A study table designed for efficiency serves as a functional space for your child’s homework and exam preparations. Ergonomically designed study tables will help your child maintain posture and do their work in comfort. The study tables should be of appropriate height, made of child-safe material, and be equipped with good storage drawers or cubbies.
Play Tables: Young kids require ample floor space for freely moving around. A play table can be used as a focal point for children’s activities in their room. While keeping the kids safe, the play tables can also double up as study tables if you’re short on space. Rounded corners, sturdy legs, and a tough but lightweight tabletop material are what you should be looking out for.