Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Furnishing a Child's Room

Whether you’re preparing to welcome a child home for the first time, or moving house it’s a chance to create the perfect bedroom for them. A child’s room is very important to them: they’ll be spending a lot of time there, and it’ll be the backdrop to their imaginative play for the first years of their life.

Today we’re taking a look at how you can make the right choices for a room they’ll love.

Making Space

The first thing you’ll need to do is make space. If you’ve been accumulating furniture for a while, from cribs to desks to wardrobes and so on, you need to clear it all out to create a blank canvas to work with. The same goes if this redecoration comes in the wake of a house move: you’ll need to get all those boxes out of the way. If you don’t have room elsewhere in the house look into the London storage options that are available, and you’ll find something to suit you, from self-storage to collection and delivery services.

Making it Personal

If you’re making a nursery for a new baby it’s difficult to make it personal for them. You can only speculate about what they’re going to grow into loving and hating. For an older child though, you can try to make sure it’s all about them. Even young children have favourite colours you can work into the decorations (as details and accents if you can’t bring yourself to paint the walls bright pink, for example), or an obsession with dinosaurs, ballet or football you can use to provide some personalised details.

Try to listen to the child in question, and not censor them. Remember this is their room, and should be for what they love, not what you think they ought to love. If your little girl tells you she’s obsessed with football, run with it, don’t enforce something more stereotypically feminine on her.

Anticipate Chaos

If there’s one thing children are, it’s chaotic. Try to work out how yours in particular manifests that chaos and find ways to channel it or mitigate it. If they’re a keen wall-artist, give them a blackboard style wall to draw on, and hopefully you can protect the rest of your house from the threat of the crayons!

If tidying away is always a challenge, a toy chest decorate like a favourite might help to motivate them to make putting their toys away part of playtime, rather than a resentful end of the day tantrum in the waiting!

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