Decorating Your Kids’ Rooms An Investment in Their Future

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By Gina Heumann, Designer and Owner of MadLand's Playhouse- Littleton
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When parents find out they are expecting a new addition, some can’t wait to go shopping for bedding, furniture, drapes, and artwork. Others are content to let the new baby sleep in their bed or a drawer, seeing interior design as a waste of money.

In this uncertain economy, is kids’ room decoration a luxury? Or is there a real benefit to creating a unique, professionally designed environment for your child? Believe it or not, there are some great reasons you should give your child a special room and even better reasons why you should enlist the help of a professional.

Some questions to consider: Do you want your child to eventually sleep in his or her own room? Or, do you enjoy the entire family squeezing like sardines into a bed designed for two?

By giving your child a room that he or she likes to spend time in, bedtime battles can be significantly reduced. With careful selection of the bed location, the color palette, and the type of window treatments, the room can enhance your child’s sleep habits and help the whole family get more rest.

Kids generally get one of the smallest rooms in the house, and that can create some challenge for room design. Interior designers are well trained in space planning and have a knack for getting the most out of small spaces by using wall units, built-ins, or careful furniture placement.

The type of furniture selected can help with smaller spaces, as well. Loft beds with shelving and a desk underneath can almost double the size of the room. If your child is afraid of heights, though, a lower captain’s bed with drawers underneath eliminates the need for a separate dresser, creating another way to maximize space.

Do you want your child to keep his or her room clean?

Only about 5 percent of the population is born with an “organization gene”… the rest of us struggle on a daily basis to locate our keys or produce matching socks.

With the help of an interior designer, children’s rooms can be better organized with tools such as bins, dividers, or drawers chosen to hold particular items. Having such tools can give your child a leg-up on learning this elusive skill. In addition, when a child is invested in a room that represents their interests and personality, he or she is eager to show it off to friends, therefore attempting to keep it neat!

Winston Churchill once said, “We shape our environments; thereafter they shape us”. Your child’s room can significantly impact their behavior and sense of well-being. Their environment should be a place to be nurtured, a place to escape from stress, and a place to unlock their creativity. When children are surrounded by things they love, they feel a sense of security that leads to improved self-esteem.

It appears that kid-friendly, personalized room design can in fact lead to a happier childhood! But that doesn’t mean you have to break the bank to provide a kid’s room that is functional, organized and fun.

Although it may seem like an additional expense, an interior designer has the knowledge to choose correctly the first time, plan for the space so it is functional and can easily grow with your child, and will work within your budget - saving you money in the long run.

Think of a well-designed kid’s room as an investment in your child’s future!

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