Small rooms are difficult to design an interior for, and twice as difficult if a kid’s room is meant. Traditionally, the room for children is viewed as the most bright and multi-purpose space of your home. Is it possible to squeeze the functions of a bedroom, study, playroom and even guest reception room into one space, especially if it’s quite moderate in area? Yes, if you follow the set of corresponding rules that were elaborated by US and UK designers after a profound head-scratching and hours spent on rearranging the furniture. In brief, the three pillars are:
- A light or pastel color solution;
- Vertical and transformable furniture;
- Few accessories (as much as practical) and a lot of storage units.
Expanding the space visually requires an appropriate color solution implemented in the finishing materials. A room filled with light colors always appears somewhat larger than it is in reality. Your child, however, is more likely to be fond of wallpaper with a pattern of his or her favorite cartoon characters. Kids often consider the very idea of a pastel design to be too boring.
The compromise lies in covering the ceiling with a white luster material to make the room seem higher. The dominant wallpaper color should be light as well; patterns are acceptable, but make sure the pictures are not too big. Designers of US and UK origin recommend to employ no more than three colors in a small room to prevent visual shrinking of the space.
Age of the child is to be considered, as well. Psychologists offer pretty convincing proofs that children of up to 7 years are excited about the presence of bright colors in their room, while older kids prefer calmer color grades. A universal solution to air up the room is to employ shades of beige, yellow or ivory combining them with light green or blue. Avoid schemes of aggressive or gloomy appearance – usually they contain lots of red, gray or black.
A small room for two kids requires a special design approach. If the children are a boy and a girl, or if they have a significant age difference, you should avoid the stereotypical pink and blue colors. Focus you attention on more neutral tones: yellow, beige, green.
Transforming furniture is recognized as the best choice for children’s rooms of moderate area. It allows for capturing all the necessary pieces into a small space, while leaving enough room for the child’s activities. Furniture stores offer compact transformable units to suit any home interior in the US, including beds with hidden storage space, double-deck beds with one of the decks accommodating a play area, a storage, a desk, etc.
A few hints on choosing and arranging the furniture:
- To spare additional space for the play area, the furniture in small rooms for children should be positioned square to the walls;
- For a small room, choose furniture of small dimensions;
- Prefer pieces made of light-colored materials (don’t forget to check whether they’re durable and easy to cleanse);
- Begin the furnishing process with picking up a bed. The sleeping accommodation should be located away from the window;
- Sliding door wardrobe is a good idea, especially if fit with a mirror for visual expansion of the space;
- A desk and a chair are not enough for the child’s work area; add to that a couple of drawers and shelves.
- For very small kid’s room, there are complex furniture units combining two or even three necessary areas. Such a unit may include a desk, several shelves, a wardrobe, and even a bed;
- If two or more children live in one room, separate out a personal area for each of them. Decorative screens or curtains are good at creating a sense of privacy, and you should at least equip the beds with such partitions.
Minimize The Accessories
Decorations and accessories should not be abundant in a small room for kids. If the room is cluttered up with small items, it eats up a significant part of the precious space. Since permanent perfect tidiness is almost impossible to achieve in a kids’ room, US designers recommend to fit into the interior some decorative drawers, chests, hidden shelves and other storage units wherever possible.
The “reserve” space – so they call the space in hard-to-reach corners, under the windowsill and the bed – can serve as a storage for toys as well. These are the furniture-free areas, so you are at liberty to place a couple of chests, boxes or shelves here.
Other Important Recommendations
Simplicity and compactness are the key properties of a successful kid’s room design in a small space. Pick up a bunch of built-in lighting fixtures and wall lamps instead of a chandelier, hidden shelf units instead of massive cabinets, Roman shades or fabric French blinds instead of heavy curtains.
Age and personal preferences of the room’s young owner should be considered. Thus, a boy’s room can be designed according to themes such as pirates, sea, or traveling, with a separate corner for sports requisites. A small room for a girl can remind of a princess’ castle or a Barbie’s house. A girl’s room should be designed to accommodate a console mirror in addition to the set of standard furniture.
Designing a small room for children, don’t forget to make sure that the furniture and accessories are safe and made of environmentally-friendly materials, preferably natural.
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