A proper choice of curtains can improve your home’s interior, making it cozier and more beautiful. The same is relevant for kids’ rooms. Curtains are the soul of the interior, in the opinion of many US designers. Without curtains, a children’s space would be inconvenient from the functional standpoint and incomplete from the viewpoint of visual and aesthetic appeal. It’s one of the few elements that allow you not to fear overdosing brightness and saturation of colors and patters. The curtains in the children’s room can be very unusual, as the scope of designer’s imagination is limited only by several rules partially determined by common sense.
9 golden rules of choosing curtain’s for kids’ rooms.
Curtains for the kids’ room, as we know, should be quite dense, able to protect the interior from bright sunlight, nice on touch and, ideally, made of natural materials. But what other recommendation are provided by the leading designers from the USA?
- The textile material the curtains are made of should be dense; however, impermeable curtains are a heavy, dust-absorbing burden on the interior. Opt for dense cotton or linen for the curtains, and taffeta or organza for the net curtains, as these materials are natural and won’t fade upon washing.
- Heavy curtains build up a solemn, official atmosphere, while light, semi-transparent textiles will infill the kids’ room interior with sunlight and joyfulness.
- Curtains that are simple to take down, wash and iron are your best choice.
- Purchase several sets of curtains of different designs, if your budget permits it. Change them as seasons of the year go by – it’s a great idea to instantly fill the room with summer joy, winter holiday expectations or autumn tranquility. Your child will never have enough of such a changeable interior.
- Usability and durability are what matters besides aesthetic properties. Don’t purchase curtains made of expensive materials – otherwise you’ll be constantly anxious, fearing that the kids might stain, cut or spoil the costly thing.
- Design of the curtains is an important constituent of the interior. Optimally, curtains and other textiles present in the room should have something in common: color tone, pattern, etc. This will turn the curtains from a dissonant element of the interior ensemble into the finishing touch that entails the effect of entirety and unity.
- The three pillars to base your choice on are: the kid’s age, his/her preferences, and position of windows in the room.
- Take care about your child’s health and opt for curtains made of high-quality environment-friendly materials that may not bear any allergens.
- The choice of curtains is an essential phase of designing a room. If your children are 7 or older, let them have a say.
Choosing curtains for kids of different ages.
For children aged 3-11.
For children aged 3 and older, the surrounding color palette is a factor that contributes to development of mentality, imagination and curiosity. Opt for curtains of clean colors, such as yellow, blue, green, but avoid using too motley, many-colored patterns, keeping in mind that toys alone bring enough brightness to the interior. Note that abundant presence of red and orange in the curtains may annoy the kid. During the day, when such curtains are sunlit, the irritating effect almost doubles.
Teenager’s room (12-18 years).
Teenagers adore their rooms as a small secluded home. At this age, kids already have particular interests and hobbies. Both these factors should be taken into account and exploited when designing a teenager’s room.
The curtains may function as a bright attention-grabbing accent, but oftener they are picked to match the rest of textile elements and the furniture. If the furniture is bright, opt for curtains of neutral shades. A pastel interior can be added some more charm with curtains of juicy colors. As observed by psychologists, teenagers typically prefer natural shades: green, blue, purple, ochre, orange, cow-berry.
Patterns and decorations.
Patterns and decorations applied to the curtains should match the overall interior concept of the kids’ room. Whether be it tiny horses or dogs, flowers or hearts, princesses or cartoon character – the main thing is to avoid fussiness. Keep in mind: contemporary design trends push forward the idea of adorning curtains with decorative elements. The choice of such decorations is really wide: beads, sequins, bows, differently shaped tiebacks, etc. Keep your temper and don’t overdo it, as the curtains are not an all-season substitute of the Christmas tree.