6. Encourage learning
Homework doesn’t seem to be dying out anytime soon, which means your little one needs a kid-friendly work area to not only fill the time, but stimulate their physical- and mental development.
Best of all is the incredible range of child-friendly furnishings, which often includes a bed-and-study-desk rolled into one design to save on legroom while keeping clutter in check.
7. Focus on the right flooring
Carpet seems to be the most popular for kids’ rooms thanks to its gentleness and effective noise insulation. But let’s not forget about those stains caused by spills and splatters. For a practical flooring surface, try the dirt- and stain-resistant polypropylene that often shows up in children’s rooms via furniture and decorations.
hint: Ditch the carpet to save your child’s allergies and instead opt for flooring alternatives like vinyl, wood, laminate, etc.
8. Stick to a simple design
As your child’s room will be altered about two or three times before they’re off to university or work, sticking with a simple design can actually help you save big bucks. We recommend choosing pieces that can grow with your child (that cancels out those race car beds!) like monogrammed bedding, shaggy Moroccan area rugs, appropriate bookcases for storage, and adult-sized furniture that work for any age.
9. Light it up
For ambient lighting, most people go with a ceiling pendant, downlighters or track lighting. For your child’s room, consider hanging a pendant with a quirky shape or funky colour. But just in case that lighting isn’t effective as all-over illumination, be ready to layer your lighting with a floor/desk lamp, wall sconces, and/or some decorative string lights (this is more about a charming vibe than efficient illumination).
10. Treat them to soft furnishings
Not only do soft furnishings like rugs, curtains, and bedding provide new opportunities for pattern and colour, but those layers of fabrics also ensure softer (and safer) spaces for little ones.
If you have the space and budget, see where you can add more fabrics to up that “soft” style like a canopy bed, extra scatter cushions, an upholstered ottoman (with built-in storage, of course), etc.
Courtesy of Johannes Van Graan of Homify