Planning a kid’s room is not a child’s play. It’s a complex process where an adult has to incorporate safety features with childlike fantasy. The difference between a child and an adult is that kid’s ideas and liking change more rapidly; they need a flexible environment.
Thus kids’ room decor needs to be less expensive and easily changeable. They need separate areas for sleeping, playing, and studying. They also need more elbow space than adults. Similarly, younger kids need more floor space to spread out while playing. A typical room needs a bed, study table, and storage. These three things are fairly stable provided they are designed futuristically. Thus it is wise to invest in these stable furniture pieces. However, while decorating a room you can be as thrifty as possible. Below are some ideas for low-cost décor.
1) Preschoolers and toddlers love primary colors. These bright colors and complex patterns engage them for a longer time. The most inexpensive way to decorate their room is by using paint. However, their tastes change too fast so it is not a good idea to paint the walls or furniture in primary colors. The key is to keep these in a neutral color. Instead,
- You can make large murals on poster boards with complex patterns and colors and hang them. If you are not comfortable with painting it on your own you can just stick pieces of colored paper and some pictures from the magazines or stickers. These murals are not costly and can be changed easily. You can make three or four of them and change them every week or fortnight thus giving your child the change of environment.
- You can hang posters discussing some science phenomena or some theme depending on the age of the child.
2) The tradition of a colorful area rug is another way of adding the color to the room. These rugs come in all sizes. Pick one most suitable for your child’s needs. Create a cozy corner with a rug and lots of pillows. The kids love to snuggle down for reading or quiet games there. You can also place a bookshelf next to it to define the purpose of the place. This can work for kids of all ages. A play-mat is another alternative for rugs. They can be made at home from a twin bed-sheet with batting placed between two sides. You can make reversible play-mat by painting different designs on both sides. Kids can make these themselves. This is very important especially if siblings share the room. Each one can have a corner for them and they can choose their colors and theme.
3) Decorative shelving is another way of adding functionality and charm to a kid’s room. Buy simple, plain, and inexpensive shelves or make them out of plywood. Paint them in the desired color and decorate them with designs, motifs, or stickers. Affix them to brackets. They are great for displaying books and soft toys. Add a few colorful knobs, and it’s great for things like bags, belts, and caps.
4) For some temporary storage, get some black or white metal carts that can be stored away when not in use.
5) As a rule of thumb, storage in a child’s room should be accessible to them. If you have less floor space vertical storage becomes necessary. Then you can store all less frequently used items on top.
6) Inflatable furniture is a quick and inexpensive way to fulfill the changing needs of furniture. It comes in a variety of colors and designs and is appreciated by kids of all ages. It is also easy to store away when not in use or when more floor space is needed.
7) For preschoolers and toddlers hang a large blackboard or whiteboard on the wall at their level. This satisfies their need to write on the wall without actually doing so.
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You will find much more useful information about the decor of other rooms in the house in the section DECOR by ROOM