Kid’s room is not simply a bedroom – it is a fairy tale castle, a pirate ship or a cave, a laboratory for all sorts of experiments, an oasis for the kid’s imagination, and a starting point in the efforts to uncover the secrets of the world.
No matter how stylish the design is or how modern the furniture is, lighting is what can make or break a room.
So, consider all its aspects.
Primarily, there should be as much natural light as possible because it is the healthiest source of light for kids’ eyes.
As for the illumination: apart from its functions in other rooms in terms of functionality and aesthetics, in the kid’s bedroom lighting gives a child a feeling of comfort and security for a peaceful sleep without nightmares for monsters under the bed.
Furthermore, keep into consideration that the lighting needs of children will vary, depending upon their age.
There are a lot of techniques to achieve flexible lighting that brings warmth, charm, fun and comfort in the kid’s room.
For instance, consider using at least three sources of light at different levels, e.g., suitable ceiling fixtures/chandeliers, pendants/ as ambient lighting to illuminate the whole room, including play areas, which are usually on the floor. The most suitable are milky white coloured shades whose glow is soft and evenly spread in contrast to transparent ones. Decorative colour light that fits the atmosphere and the décor of the room can also be used.
Install one, two or three down – lights or up – lights sconces to achieve a softer illumination of the space.
Adequate task lighting – usually provided by a table lamp, is compulsory for the study desk zone.
Fixtures of different colours and shapes – for example frogs, bees, butterflies, airplanes, ballerinas, stimulate kid’s imagination and create a suitable bedtime story atmosphere; furthermore, such fixtures add a feeling of spirit and beauty and enhance the room even when the light is off.
There should be a safe, cool to touch night bedside lamp; mini night-lights are a must-have from a kid’s point of view because eliminate any insecurity about sleeping alone in a dark room; another option is a motion-detector light, which goes on when the light sensor detects motion. Consider using night-lights with a dimmer to control the brightness to gradually lower the light density over time, thus you may be able to wean your child off the night-light.
Always keep in mind that safety comes first – lamps for children’s rooms should be kept out of reach of young children and all cords and cables must be hidden behind furniture. Use night-lights with neon bulbs, to prevent possible fires in the child’s bedroom. In case you have a solar plate, solar-powered night-lights which do not require electricity are also an option.
You could meet your kid’s wishes with a themed lighting:
Show up your creativity, with suitable fixtures you can even “draw” a fairy tale.
Arranging and decorating the kid’s space could turn to be a tough challenge, so consider some basics:
• Make use of your imagination, trust the tastes and desires of your kid/especially if he/she is grown up/, think practically; when decorating a kid’s bedroom it is the balance between creativity and reasonableness that will let the room “grow up” along with kids.
• Since the kid’s room is multi-functional, think carefully how to organize the space; consider zoning to harmoniously unite all functions. Lofted bedrooms are a very good option, especially for smaller spaces – the room is divided into two parts, with a loft in one of them to incorporate all needed elements – a bed, a desk, shelves, drawers, plus plenty of storage place, and the other part is an open play zone.
• Use pastel colours, they reflect light, as a result, the space seems lighter. In case your kid prefers bright colours, use them within limits to add accessories to the décor. Eye- catching wallpapers and trims add a colour to the space.
• Choose transforming, multi-functional furniture and playing modules that stimulate child’s imagination and could grow, change, and adapt to new uses and needs; occasionally add themed accessories that could be easily thrown away when your kid’s tastes change. It is advisable to choose movable, influence – resistant furniture.
1. Safety first, consider all its aspects – there should not be sharp edges, insecure cables and plugs, all materials should be harmless and ecologically friendly; it is advisable to use cotton bedding; avoid long draperies and window decorative elements – finials, beads, and cords that could easily be grabbed; do not place flowers in a kid’s bedroom – they could cause allergies.
2. Consider accessibility; arrange the space as to ensure an easy access to everything in the room.
3. Give your kids space and light – choose the largest and the brightest room to arrange their space.
4. Avoid placing too many furnishings and toys – they create clutter and chaos that burden the child; instead, provide for enough different in colour, shape and material containers – drawers, boxes, baskets, to store toys, clothes and other belongings.
In general, do not try to make your own dream bedroom come true; consult with specialists if and when necessary, let your kids have a say, consider their needs and wishes, use some imagination and try to create their fantasy world – a room to meet their necessities, a safe, functional, colorful, and stylish place.
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