The attention new parents pay to nursery room design or decoration is a kind of proof for us that most people really believe surrounding space affects our general well-being.
And it really does. Our clients always seem to mention how they enjoy staying home after they’re done with apartment remodel. Even how less stressed they are since home maintenance is easier when everything is new.
When designing a room for a kid, there are three things you should have in mind:
1. Kids are more serious than you might think
Sure, at some point kids will want a scene from their favourite animated movie drawn on their walls just as much as they will want to be dressed like characters from that movie – after all, they ARE kids (there’s probably not many 5-year-olds who’d describe themselves as Scandinavian style enthusiasts) – but still, it’s never too early to create environment with aesthetic value for your kids.
2. Minimalism is not for kids
We’re sure you know kids learn everything from their environment. And there is not much to learn from an empty space.
3. Kids grow up
Kid’s room should be flexible in the context of time (usually, we talk about flexibility in the context of space) – which means adaptable to kid’s changing needs.
To be honest, it is pretty simple to create functional kid’s room – basically, all you need, along with standard furniture, is as much of storage space as possible and as much of completely free, play space as possible.
We already talked about how easy it is to design storage space if you know what is it you want to storage. Advisedly designed closet for kid’s stuff, with specific space for each and every item, will save you time in the future – time you’d be spending cleaning and decluttering.
Think about it: clothes (those they wear now, those that are to big but will fit in a few months, those they already outgrew but are just so cute), toys (the ones they play with, the ones they don’t, the ones you never opened and you plan to regift as soon as someone else’s child is born), books, coloring books. Furniture for play. Little things – like crayons, play-dough, chalks. Their drawings and sculptures, and an infinite amount of Legos or something similar they’re currently obsessed with.
If there is only one thing you’re willing to do in your apartment, an amazingly designed storage space in the kid’s room is the second best after bathroom remodel. Why second best? Because nothing beats new bathroom. Also, you can close the door of kid’s room and never ever walk into it after they turn 5.
But, although very practical, good storage and free space are not really something that will make kids love spending time in their room. Kids are funny that way.
Let us share with you some of our favorite inspirational blogs about interior design, decor, furniture, toys and fashion for kids. Since we are not only architects but also aunts of creative toddlers, we are sure that all of you moms, dads, aunts, uncles and grandparents will love them, too.