Every parent wants their child to have the most beautiful, comfortable and cool bedroom. Therefore, room planning sometimes begins long before the baby is born!
Also, the question of a new bedroom for a baby arises when repairing or moving. And, of course, reading advice is not enough. It is necessary to know the mistakes that should be carefully avoided.
Mistake # 1: age mismatch
Making a bedroom "for years" is one of the main mistakes of parents who want to kill 10 birds with one stone. A baby doesn't need an interior with "pirates of the Caribbean", and an elementary school student needs an ergonomic room in the style of a "modern teenager".
This applies not only to the interior, but also to the functionality of the furniture. Why put in a large bed and equip a study space if the child does not even go to the kindergarten yet?
Sometimes the situation turns in the opposite direction: the child "grows" out of the room and surrounding furniture. And if you can take away the boxes with toys later, then you can not hesitate with the purchase of a new bed or desk.
Too small furniture can cause irreversible processes in a young body. Curvature of the spine, flat feet, headaches, fatigue - all this is the result of too short a bed or too low a desk with a chair.
There is only one way out: the bedroom should change as your child grows.
Be mentally and physically prepared for the fact that the repairs that you are doing now are not for long. After 2-3 years, it will have to be changed, including some furniture.
Mistake # 2: choosing impractical materials
Many parents spare no expense for their children. And this is understandable - they want to give the child all the best! But sometimes, some families go too far.
Expensive wallpapers... will still be painted by kids. Designer curtains... will be used for dressing dolls. A solid walnut desk... will be scratched with rulers and scissors, there will be a lot of glue and marks.
Yes, you need to take quality items. But not too expensive so that replacing them does not become a financial disaster for the parents.
Another problem is impractical materials. For example, an upholstered chair that cannot be removed and washed. Choose materials that are easy to clean. So you will be saved from big problems.
And the child will be saved too: you will not scold them for the mess in THEIR room. Since the baby's room is their territory, their fortress. And here they must have space for their games.
Remember that the bedroom after repairs will be in good condition for 3-5 years. And then you still have to update it - in order to correspond to the psychological and physiological parameters of the child.
Mistake # 3: too bright colors and flashy designs
Childhood is associated with fun, brightness, and saturation. In addition, pediatricians recommend showing babies bright objects: in order to attract the baby's attention.
Of course, this is partly true. A gray-beige room for a five-year-old child is just not suitable. But it is simply impossible to overwhelm the bedroom with a mountain of multi-colored and even more torn-eyed things!
Remember: everything should be as harmonious as possible.
If you want to do it without the help of a designer, here is a useful color matching algorithm for the bedroom:
- Choose one or two vibrant colors. If there are two, then they must be combined. These can be “related colors”: red + orange, blue + emerald, yellow + light green, pink + purple. Or contrasting companion colors: yellow + lilac, orange + denim, turquoise + terracotta, turquoise + fuchsia, etc.
- In total, bright colors should occupy about 30% of the interior.
- Match bright colors with several neutral companions. The first neutral companion should be as simple as possible: beige for warm shades, gray for cold ones. It will take up another 30-40% of the total space.
- The second neutral companion is a richer shade of beige or gray. Will take about 15%.
- The third neutral companion is a pastel "brother" of one or two bright colors. Will take about 15%.
- You can add dynamics and clarity with black and white details, but there should be very few of them.
By the way, another common mistake is to fill the nursery with all sorts of shades of the same color. Often parents sin this for their "little princesses", turning their room into a solid pink Barbie house.
Even if the child insists on one color - slowly diversify it with pastel and neutral tones, just a little bit.
Mistake # 4: thematic design
Children are fickle people (like some adults). Today they are fans of one character, and tomorrow they switch to another. This mainly applies to preschool children.
The term of fanaticism in young children is only a few months! You will not constantly re-glue the wallpaper after your kid has been impressed by a new cartoon?
Therefore, the advice to parents: don't do too much. Don't glue your wallpaper, just order a giant poster print that's easy to hang and take off. Add more little things that can then be removed or sold out - figures and figurines, small textiles (napkins, pillowcases). Furniture can be decorated with decals or adhesive pictures, which can then be easily removed.
With schoolchildren, as a rule, you can consciously conduct a conversation. Explain that theme design is annoying. And parents cannot make repairs in the nursery every six months. Usually, after a serious conversation, a child agrees to one attribute of their favorite movie / cartoon / fairy tale instead of themed repair. For example, on a desk lamp or bedding.
In addition, after about 10 years, the first permanent addictions are already forming in the little person. For example, a child loves horses - they are unlikely to bother them in their entire life! Then you can make a thematic nursery.
Mistake # 5: bulky and simply "adult" furniture
A huge sofa in the nursery is useless. The same as the solid wood cabinet. Firstly, such a thing will eat up a lot of space. Secondly, the child definitely DOESN'T NEED it. But we always start from what the little owner of the room needs, right?
Furniture that is too "serious" in style will also spoil the whole impression. The nursery should have a light image, regardless of what gender the children live in it. An exception may be for adolescents from 15 years old.
Note: sometimes parents, for lack of space in an apartment or house, install a closet in the kid's bedroom. In order to keep some common things there.
Of course, in no case should you do this: the child loses the feeling “my room is my fortress”. And this does not have a very good effect on the still unformed psyche. Finally, it is inconvenient for the parents as well.
Mistake # 6: unsafe materials or furniture
It would seem: which parent is the enemy of their child? And what parent can choose unsafe things in the room of their kids?
Of course, no one will intentionally harm their child. But here ignorance or banal inattention can play a role. Here is a small selection of what can be dangerous in a kid's bedroom:
- Anything that smells unnatural! The smell of wood is normal, the smell of plastic is prohibited.
- Vinyl wallpaper and silk-screen printing are very toxic things.
- Stretch ceilings are also plastic. The exception is fabric ceilings.
- Embossed plaster accumulates a lot of dust, dirt and even fungus.
- Glass wool and polystyrene - if you need to insulate the bedroom from the inside, it is better to take stone wool.
- Odorless paint with lead and other harmful substances.
- Polished furniture - a child can chew it.
- Unrestrained furniture, loose furniture, sharp edges and corners.
It is also important to pay sufficient attention to the storage system. All cabinets, shelves and doors used by the child must be very durable. Eliminate the risk that the box will fall out with a sudden movement. Or the fact that the door will fly to the baby's forehead.
And of course, do not forget about safe sockets, door restraints and other modern gadgets that make the bedroom and the whole house safier.
Mistake number 7: too heavy textiles, its abundance
Plain fabric is, in general, impractical for a nursery. It will have to be constantly washed, stained, and eventually replaced with a new one.
Therefore, it is reasonable to limit to only the necessary set of textiles:
- Linens. It should be removed after sleep. Ideal if you don't use bedspreads - for example, if the bed is folding.
- Lightweight curtains or roller blinds. Should be easy to wear and not look heavy.
- Easy-to-wash or non-staining chair covers (to make sitting softer), bean bag chair, mini-sofa.
- Thin and easy to clean carpet. If the floor is not very warm or too slippery, it makes sense to put it in the baby's rug. But sometimes it is more optimal to carry out a "warm floor" system or put a good, non-slip coating.
Heavy textiles should also be avoided. Which will deprive the air of the room and become a strong dust collector. Not to mention the fact that children can spoil it, and it is not cheap.
Things to Avoid:
- Thick, long-pile carpets are the accumulator of dust, dirt, and hair. And for small children, it is also inconvenient when walking.
- Heavy curtains, multi-level curtains - they are absolutely useless in the nursery. If the design involves draping curtains, it is better to choose a thin and light fabric, plain or with an unobtrusive pattern.
- Canopy - yes, sometimes you want to decorate the bed with a canopy. But this should be done with caution, avoiding too dense and dark materials.
Of course, textiles create coziness, and you can't live without it. But in the nursery, you should still leave it to a minimum. So you will save the interior from clutter - and yourself from endless washing.
Mistake # 8: not having enough room to move
The child is an active creature. They run, jump, spin, dance, stand on their head... And best of all, if they do it in their room. Therefore, do not allocate the smallest room for the kid! This is the most wrong decision.
If possible, give the baby the most spacious room. After all, adults often need less space. And a small room can be taken under the office: in it, parents will definitely not jump and run.
And if there is no possibility? Then place the baby's crib and study place in a small room, but be sure to equip it with a play place in a large room, for example, in the living room.
A good option for a private house in Cyprus is to make a space for outdoor games for children. For example, under a special canopy outside - or prepare a balcony for this.
What about teenagers? Here, too, it is not recommended to save on space. At least because a teenager is an addicted person. They have a lot of things, both educational and those related to their hobbies.
In addition, it is very important for a teenager to have a personal space where they can invite guests or just be alone. And a cramped room where the bed and table can hardly fit is not the best option.
Hint: if there are several children, it is better to do it differently. Give everyone a small room so that everyone has their own place. And in the common room, organize a play space.
Mistake # 9: there is no way for a child to be creative
If your little artist is actively seeking to paint all the walls in the house. Let them do it! But only in one room - in their personal place.
To do this, you can select both all walls and part of them, for example, one or two. White or very light paper wallpapers are perfect. Another nice option is the ready-made wallpaper-coloring. A child of any age will be delighted with the opportunity to paint a wall! Even if they are about to graduate from school.
Can't let your child paint the wallpaper for some reason? Then be sure to find an alternative. For example, a huge drawing board, like in school.
If your child is actively making something with their hands, give them a whole area for creativity. This is not only a desk at which they will sit, but also a large rack for their crafts. Let the corner of creativity become the pride of both the child themself and the whole family.
A separate moment is a child who is engaged in music or a teenager who likes to listen to music loudly. Do not force them to do it with headphones all the time!
And it's not just about hearing impairment. To develop musically, you need to hear the sound clearly and, let's say, "life-size". Therefore, for a little musician, it is simply necessary to lay soundproofing - such that they do not disturb their household with their activities.
By the way, speaking of soundproofing...
Mistake # 10: lack of soundproofing
The children's room must be quiet! So that no sounds from the outside penetrate into it. We all know that children's sleep is very sensitive, and a sudden loud sound can even cause severe psychological trauma to the baby.
In addition, silence gives a sense of security, no matter how old your child is.
Therefore, it is important, before starting repairs, to take care of the soundproofing of the nursery:
- It is optimal to insulate all 4 walls, but sometimes you can get by with 2-3 walls, for example, facing the street and bordering the neighboring apartment.
- Remember about windows: in Cyprus it is better to install double or triple glazing. By the way, they will help keep warm in winter.
- The door to the nursery should also be "modernized": at least make it so that it fits as tightly as possible to the jamb. To prevent noise from entering the rest of the apartment or house.
Well, if your child is seriously engaged in music (as mentioned above), you will have to spend money on double sound insulation: external and internal. But peace and tranquility will reign in the house. And this is the most important thing!
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