If you’re designing and decorating a room for your little ones, you want it to be safe and durable. Here are five things you should consider when designing a children’s room to make sure it passes the test of time.
- Pick your paint with precision. A key thing to think about when picking your paint is, of course, the colour. You can get some great effect paints for youngsters to enjoy such as glitter finish, confetti, glow-in-the-dark, metallic sheen and even a chalk board effect that lets you write on the walls and rub out when you’re done. But if you also want something practical that will survive sticky fingers and wear and tear then you also need to consider paint that can be wiped clean. Look for paint options with a finish that is tough enough to withstand being washed with soap and water and wiped down.
- Select your furniture carefully. Beds, chest of drawers and wardrobes are some of the more expensive items you’ll buy for a children’s room so it’s important to get these items right. If you want them to last, look for sturdy items that are well made. You might also want to pick furniture that can be re-painted incase you need to update in line with your child’s changing tastes. Have a look online for those all important pieces of furniture and considering buying second hand if budgets are tight, for example you could browse at http://www.ebay.co.uk.
- Have fun with lighting, but make sure it’s out of the way. Instead of a bedside lamp, a trail of fairy lights attached to a bed frame, shelving unit or wall offer reassurance with a gentle glow. Something like fairy lights are also less likely to get knocked over and broken. They also stay relevant and stylish as your children grow up. Always pick LED varieties as the bulbs don’t get hot.
- Wear and tear proof fabrics. For any fabrics used in a children’s bedroom, from beanbag covers to curtains and duvets, make sure the materials you pick are hardy enough to survive day-to-day use. One of the most forgiving fabrics is ultra suede. It looks good and yet is one of the most durable and cleanable coverings available.
- Pick the right flooring. Until recently, carpets were the most popular option for parents decorating their children’s rooms but increasingly it’s hardwood floors that are being selected. Some flooring types are less slippery and will reduce falls. You might also need to consider whether allergies are an issue, in which case it would be best to do without carpets. When selecting rugs, make sure they are machine-washable. If you want your flooring to last you need to pick one that will wear well – think about the impact of crawling, running, toy cars being zoomed back and forth, spills, scratches and stains. The key is to figure out which type of flooring is going to work best for you bearing all this in mind. Finally, you may want to consider future needs as well as immediate ones. Aim to ensure that the flooring type, style and colour you pick not only works now but will work in the future as your family’s needs change.