How to Use Interior Design to Bring out the Best in Your Child
There’s so much excitement involved in designing and decorating your kid’s room. From picking out the right colors to selecting a theme, furniture, accent pillows, and more – the entire process is both fun, and daunting.
But as you get sucked into flipping through catalogues and hours of online searches, don’t overlook the function of the room or the psychology of your child. With a little thought, you’ll be able to ensure that your kid’s room doesn’t just look great, it also contributes to their overall development.
Carefully consider the details of your children’s room decor. Research has shown that “a well-made interior can increase personal efficiency, improve mood, develop talents, and even help bring up the kids.”
All the elements used in the interior design – shapes, lines, colors, sounds, textures, images, and symbols – will have a psychological effect on your child’s personality and mood. With some planning, you can even affect visual, auditory, perceptible, and olfactory sensations – and strengthen cognitive development.
Using Color to Impact Moods
Colors can intensify, neutralize, or reduce inner consciousness.
When it comes to children, colors have always had a major role in their overall growth and productivity.
Color therapy, also known as chromatherapy, is used to treat children with behavioral or psychological problems. Children are known to react differently to different shades and tones, since each human’s perception of color is unique. Designers use colors that can create the perfect, happy, and calm environment for children’s rooms. Think about which shade is right for your child. This is probably going to have the biggest impact, so give it some real thought.
Finding the Right Design
The first and basic question any designer asks while creating an interior space for a child is the purpose of the room – is it going to be used primarily for studying, sleeping, playing, or just as a private space to sit and relax? Your answer should be the guiding principle to designing the perfect and peaceful space for your child.
Studies have shown that a bedroom filled with toys and other play items can negatively impact a child’s sleep, while a study room with a comfortable bed hurts focus. If you’re lucky enough to have multiple rooms to dedicate to each function, then be specific about designing the room for its intended use. But if you’re like most families, a single room, or a single room plus several nooks throughout the rest of the house, is going to need to fulfill several functions.
Think about how you can break up spaces to meet those needs. Perhaps a loft-style bunk bed with a desk underneath will help keep your child away from distractions when it’s time to sleep, and focused on their work during study hours. Maybe closed storage furniture like toy boxes that hide away playthings are just what your kids need to get through their math drills. Again, think about your child’s personality and design with them in mind. It’s going to reduce stress for both you and your child in the long-run.
Along with aesthetics, make sure to design with flexibility in mind so that you’re able to accommodate your child’s various needs – and modify easily as your child keeps growing, and as you find that priorities change.
How De-Cluttering Affects Child Psychology
Creating a neat and peaceful environment in a child’s room is known to enhance his mental and physical health. Clutter creates a sense of anxiety – be it in adults or children. A room full of toys, books, and furniture, all in one place can make it congested. Large open spaces contribute to the overall mental health of children.
When designing your space, cut down on unnecessary clutter and focus on creating empty spaces for relief. Focus on elements with a small footprint and lots of practical use such as storage cabinets, sleek furniture, and multipurpose furniture. Above all, remember that your child will keep on growing, and their needs will change. Be aware that while you may put your heart and soul into the perfect design today, you may just have to change it all up a few years down the line.
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