Great Design Ideas Make Your Child Feel Important

Filed in Design and Decor by on July 25, 2014


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We all want our children to be comfortable in their environment, but did you know their development is affected by their environment? Most people kid-proof their personal spaces to be kid-friendly. Their confidence and development is built on their ability to control, enjoy and easily use their own space.

The two rooms that should focus on the abilities and personality of a child are his or her bedroom and bathroom. Bathrooms are expensive pieces of real estate in a house, so changing it out frequently as a child grows is not a fiduciary option. Some great ways to encourage good hygiene and independence is to build in adjustability and usability from the start. one example is as easy as creating an adjustable-height shower head by using a hand-held on a slide rod. This allows a child to control the water spray when she is short and when she sprouts into that six-foot volleyball player.

Consider selecting lever handles at the faucet and the doors so small hands can use them. Another fairly invisible and simple design technology is to design a step into the vanity. If you reverse the design of the cabinets to have the drawer on the bottom of the vanity, it can start out as a pull out step so the child can easily get to the sink for grooming and brushing teeth. Then as the child grows the step can get changed out to a usable drawer with little expense.


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Keep the tile, plumbing fixtures and other long-term investments neutral in color and pattern and add the child’s personality inexpensively in the towels, accessories and paint, all of which can be changed out as they grow.

Flexibility is the key in the bedroom as well. Consider paint-able furniture so it can be changed out to fit the age of the child. Don’t forget that cabinet knobs are a great place to change the look of the room for a minimal cost. Knobs can come in many shapes and every color in the rainbow and any theme from animals or sports to flowers.

Also look at modular furniture that can be re-configured and is simple to move. Children like to rearrange their space as much as adults do, so make it easy for them to create their space. Closet systems are a fabulous addition to any bedroom. Plan ahead and buy various components (in case the system is discontinued in the years your child grows from a toddler to a teen). Start with a lower-height rod and baskets and raise it as needed.

Baskets are great for toy storage and later for purses, ball gloves, caps, etc. Also consider removing the closet doors and replace them with fabric drapery. This is easier to handle and can also create that safe, mystical hiding space.


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Teach organization at an early age. A bookcase or cabinet with baskets or boxes which can be labeled is fun and flexible. Baskets are easier to manage than heavy drawers and encourage use.

Keep window treatments simple and add fun splashes of color or personality with a top treatment. Not only is this less expensive to replace, but it is easier to keep clean and a safer option for toddlers. Of course all of the blinds and shades should have child-safe lift cords. Again, a paint-able wooden rod is a great way to change the personality of the room.

There are also various paint options, some of which were developed for conference rooms which can make the child’s walls into one big coloring easel. These paints look so much like regular paint that the only issue you may have is explaining to your child that he can’t draw on all of your house walls. Other paints act like chalk boards which can release your child’s inner creativity.

But all design elements aside, the most important part of designing a child’s room is to get her input. Ask what she wants to do in her room, not just what color or theme she wants. It has to function for her at her height and abilities. As in adult spaces, “form follows function” works just as well in kid-friendly spaces.

by Betty Ravnik

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