Your little one is shooting up and outgrowing everything – from his clothes to his beloved room. Time for an update? We give you some amazing décor ideas to refurbish your child’s room
By Komal Porecha
We are living in a time when fads and interests change by the minute. Design must also be fluid to incorporate change – these days even a pram for babies comes with a pre-fitted provision for a mobile or a tablet.
As children grow up, their needs and preferences also undergo a transformation. Their room needs to incorporate their growing tastes. With clever planning and design that is flexible, you can turn your little girl’s space into a room fit for a tween. Similarly, when it comes to designing a room for a newborn, it could don many avatars as the baby grows; all it needs is creative and clever solutions.
Here, we give parents some amazing ideas to refurbish their child’s room in a creative but cost-effective way:
Walls play a defining role in the look of a room. Since most children love to doodle and write on the walls, allow their creativity to flow by painting one wall with blackboard paint. You can get it from any hardware store or order it from most paint companies. Once painted, the wall serves as a large blackboard for the kids to let their imagination run wild. The chalk writings are easily removed with a regular blackboard duster. You can alternatively use whiteboard paint. So, whether its homework or a play date with the best friend, the blackboard wall is a win-win!
Art and craft materials are readily available in any home that has a growing child. Often, the scraps of chart paper, quilling strips, gift-wrapping paper etc., are just thrown away. Now, you can use these to make something creative.
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Switchboards are a utilitarian part of a room's decor. They never add an aesthetic dimension to a room, no matter what the model. In a child’s room, these can be cleverly transformed into a fun, quirky design detail by painting your child’s favourite cartoon character around it. As the preferences change, the designs can easily be changed and repainted.
You can teach children about emotions through a decorative homemade chart that uses colours for different feelings. Fix 12 nails/hooks on the wall in a grid of four rows and three columns. Download and print a chart which helps the child connect different emotions with different colours. Keep thread spools of these colours handy. If green stands for ‘happy,’ help your child take the green thread and tie it randomly across the nails on the wall. On another day, if he is feeling angry, help him tie a red thread up and discuss the same. This not only is a great way to help a child identify and understand their emotions but also makes for an ever-evolving piece of wall art!
When we read a book or a quotation, some words just stay with us. It is a good idea to put these words on the wall for inspiration. Pick the child’s favourite quote from a book or couple of lines from her favourite poem and paint these along a coloured band on the wall. You can also make stickers of these wordings put them on the wall. The embossed effect of the words will add charm to the little room.
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That’s how design works hard at keeping up with these transitions. The trick is to keep it simple.
Komal Porecha is an author, interior designer and founder of Komal Porecha Associates.
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