The Flufftastic Fairy Says: Make the Most of Your Small Space - the Kids' Rooms
Okay! This will be one of the funnest posts! Kids rooms, even small ones can still be fun and functional! (Here are some tips for your Living Room, Kitchen, Dining Room, Master Bedroom, Bathroom & Home Office)
Buy a daybed. It can be used as a 'big comfy couch' during the day and a great bed at night! Lots of fun cushions that can double as floor seating for friends' are ideal for lining the wall and making a statement.
Trundle beds are great, with it's hidden mattress, good for sleep overs!
I love bunk beds! I never had one, but one of my friends did! Or the loft bed; where the bed is on top and a desk area is below. Perfect for a small multifunctional child's room.
If the room is narrow, install wood flooring parallel to the short wall to make the room look wider. Cork flooring is softer and you can place the tiles diagonally to fool the eye. It's also good for wheeled toys. An area rug by the bed will help for comfort when needed.
By placing furniture around the edges it will leave a play area in the center.
Paint colour is very important in a child's bedroom. If you want the child to sleep at night choose cool tones (blue based) that will help with creating calm. Warm colours give a room, and its occupant, more energy! Be aware that matte paint may hide imperfections in the wall surface, but will show if a wall has been marked and cleaned. So a higher sheen is better for cleaning.
As always; the same colour throughout, ceiling, trim and walls will make the room appear larger. (Although painting something fun on the ceiling or a stripe along the wall, can capture a child's imagination) A neutral tone is best, that way you can accessorize with the child's favourite colours, and change accessories when the child's taste changes!
Patterns on rugs or comforters will hide stains (that's why I always wear patterns) but choose wisely and bring your paint chip or a pillow case with you.
Most kids like shiny things, so have items in the room that will reflect the daylight coming in the window! Mirrors will always help with light and children love mirrors for dress up and practicing making faces!
Bed side tables with drawers are a must in a child's room. Free up the table top with a wall mounted swing arm light.
Storage is a must in a child's room, there are many under bed, storage ideas as well as stack-able containers that can store items not in season for closets.
Children's toys can be put on a cycle, put old ones away and bring them out in a few months when the new toys have become old news. Keep re-cycling them and the kids will never get bored and the room stays relatively uncluttered.
Clothes need to be reviewed seasonally for the same reason. I don't know about you, but growing up, my winter boots would never fit from year to year...
Hooks and hanging storage is always fun in a child's room, and some hooks are quite funky!
Kid's artwork can be dealt with by taking a photo of it and storing that on the computer or a digital frame for anyone to view at anytime.
Storage benches or ottomans are great for extra seating as well as treasures.
Remember a child's room is how they express themselves and where their imaginations can run wild. Let them help with colour choices as well as accessorizing.
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A small room doesn't have to mean a small imagination!