Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Room to grow

Here's a peak at a some of the elements being used in a boy's room I'll be working on later this week.

The challenging aspect of designing a child's room is achieving the perfect balance between being age appropriate today and ensuring there's room to grow beyond tomorrow.

Consider these ideas:

1. Relate the room to the rest of the house. Your home interior benefits immensely from continuity and cohesiveness. Use similar tones of color, styles of furniture and fixtures throughout your home, then add bits of color and pattern that reflect your child's personality and style.

2. "Just say no" to themes. They are everywhere, but I urge you strongly to think ahead a mere two years before you select dino or princess decor - or worse, a licensed character from a new movie release. Themes will only limit you when your child changes his or her mind. How much simpler and versatile (not to mention pleasing to the eye) it is to incorporate a few items on a shelf or a poster on a wall, than to base the entire room around one item or character.

3. Choose the best quality you can afford for items that will stay long term. A classic well-made dresser can take a toddler through his teenage years, and maybe even off to college. A handsome geometric print (in curtains, for example) will coordinate well with nearly any style. A wool rug will hold up to the wear and tear of rambunctious kids playing hours at a time on all fours. By making sure these investments are not too age specific, you will save money in the long run.

4. Display toys and collections. Don't hide all those [....]! (Insert: rocks, Legos creations, feathers, dolls, etc.) Instead, think of ways to incorporate them into the decor. Toys placed with a few stacks of books on a shelf are not only within reach, but they also create an interesting focal point. Paintings, drawings and posters become art when nicely framed and hung together.  Grouping items that are similar (or even just the same color) makes an instant collection. Labelled canisters, photoboxes or jars keep extra supplies or collections organized. And, if you don't mind one quick appeal, please keep our landfills free from stuffed bears and battery-operated gadgets. Consigning or donating toys, books or clothes is earth-friendly, and it's also one more way of showing your care for others in your community.

5. Perhaps most important: involve the child! For the room featured above, fifteen minutes sitting criss-cross apple-sauce with my 7 year old client (without his mom in earshot) proved to be all that was needed for inspiration and direction!
2 comments on "Room to grow"
  1. sooo I pretty much did ALL the no-nos on that list w/ my kids:) Where were you a few years ago anyway???

  2. Great tips!! Hope we get to see the finished room -


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