A home should be a comfortable space for everyone who lives in it. More often than not, children’s opinions are undermined when designing a home. Adults must pay attention not only to kids’ needs but also their comfort and tastes, especially so when designing their personal space. Let’s look at some tips on how to create a child-friendly home and make the setting of your kids’ earliest memories really special.
Involve children in the interiors planning:
Decorate interactively with your kids. Letting children voice their choices early is a positive start to helping them make decisions. However, it’s important to guide their selection because kids are prone to indecision. Provide them with limited choices to help them. For example, from a paint palette of 4-5 colors which you may have considered, ask for their pick.
You don’t have to go for the usual girly (pink) or boyish (blue) themes as a norm. Think out-of-the-box by reflecting on your children’s personalities and the fictional characters that excite them. Then select a theme together, if you want to go with one.
Ask kids about all their storage needs when planning that aspect, and maximize storage. Create colorful, vibrant boxes to organize well. Give children the flexibility to choose or discuss where their toys and things should go, for easy access.
Shop for furniture & accessories with the children and personalize their space:
Personalize your kids’ living space for them. Make a few trips together to craft and home décor stores. It not only will be fun for them, but will also ease your mind, since they won’t be left alone or with a sitter. Choose letters for their name or inspiring quotes.
Buy frames to showcase children’s artwork in the home. Frame the ones they want you to, which will make them feel proud. You could create a “wall of achievements” to display their accomplishments.
Go furniture shopping for your children’s room with them in tow. Let them select adornments.
Use home decorating as an opportunity to teach kids important values:
Teach kids the importance of the environment. Plant a nice garden. If you don’t have the luxury of space, include some plants in their room. Let them sow the seeds, which will flower with their nurturing.
Install fittings that conserve electricity and water.
A home evolves as a family spends time in it. This is even more so with one that has young children in it. New purchases are made, and some old possessions are let go of. Letting children be involved is an ongoing process. One must handhold them in letting go of their possessions as they grow older, making room for new ones.
Designing a kid-friendly space is an exciting journey for children as much as it is for parents. An open mind, patience and empathetic approach–going to your children’s level, can go a long way in making a home not just functional but also a fun space to cherish as a family.