Every space in a child’s room needs to be maximized to allow for every essential furniture and fixture a child may need, including those that allow for activity, interior designer Sharlene Lanzarotte said. PHOTO BY IDR SHARLENE LANZAROTTE
FOR families, having children is a part of life. As they get older, they will be wanting to have a space of their own in the house. Usually, their bedroom is probably the only place in the house where they find solace and sometimes serves as their safe space.
This is especially true during the Covid-19 pandemic as children had to stay indoors. Interior designer Sharlene Lanzarotte said: “This gave us the idea to bring the outdoors indoors. Children are very hyperactive and they tend to change activities from time to time. Our goal is to introduce different forms of activities to the children as they grow up.”
Whether it is DIY (do-it-yourself) or hiring an interior designer, here are tips on how to design children’s rooms.
Find a theme
Finding a theme can both excite your child and keep the space looking cohesive. Choose a color scheme that suits the rest of your home to make the room blend with your overall design. Even if the theme may not originally match the decor, incorporating its subject in the right colors will keep things feeling clean and intentional.
Determine what types of furniture and decor you will need to source and what kind of floor plan might work best for the space you are working with. The floor area will determine what furnishings and fixtures you will need. It is suggested you play around with the floor plan before pushing forward. It is recommended you choose modular furniture that serves many functions such as a bed that has provisions for storage space. Furthermore, go for durability. Get furniture children will not outgrow, which they can still use as they grow older. It is unavoidable that a child’s room will be cluttered with stuff. Therefore, it is necessary to provide storage spaces. Style is encouraged — use vibrant colors or decorate the furniture rather than leave it drab to make for exciting visuals and make cleaning up a fun activity for children.
Keep colors neutral
It is advisable to stick to neutral colors. This is because a child’s room can fill up quickly with various items such as artwork, books and toys. In addition, light colors are easier to touch up with paint. Another is to mix and match various patterns of items such blankets, bedsheets and pillow cases so they can stand out without clashing with the walls.
When the time comes a child goes to school, they will need a corner where they can study and do homework in their room. This corner needs to have ample lighting. If the light in the room is not enough, a simple desk lamp is a big help to brighten the corner and keep the child alert while studying.
Lanzarotte shares her experience in designing a child’s bedroom. “Every corner of the room has been maximized. In this design project, interactive and fun elements were incorporated in the bedroom to engage the children with different physical activities. The focal point of this project is the custom-built rock-climbing zone. Given a limited floor area, the upper section of the custom bed is also maximized as a play area in daytime and an additional bed in nighttime. The stairs also have full length drawers for additional storage. This room is a Scandinavian-inspired project that focuses on simplicity and functionality of the design.”
Not just for kids
While a child’s bedroom is their private space, it does not mean it is off limits to parents. While in their formative years, parents are encouraged to hang out with their children in their rooms. Therefore, in designing their room, it has to be in such a way that it is an extension of the home.