Mistakes To Avoid When Remodeling Your Kids’ Room
Combining style with function is a crucial aspect of any remodeling project. When it comes to a kid’s room, the stakes are even higher. Not only does the décor need to be age-appropriate, but every square centimetre of the space needs to be planned in terms of storage, maintenance needs, functionality, and durability. A room must accommodate multiple activities: a play zone, a study section, and a rest area. Finally, to avoid having to remodel the space every two years, you want to make sure you “age-proof” the room. So, before you get started, check out this list of some of the pitfalls to avoid when remodeling your kid’s room. This will help you save money, time, and, let’s be honest, a bit of sanity. We all know how stressful remodeling projects can be!
Shying away from bright colours
Neutral pallets of grey, white, and beige may be a tempting choice for a kid’s room. After all, “they go with everything!” While painting a room in calm colours is a surefire way to create a timeless décor, it is also an unimaginative solution for a youngster. This space should breed creativity, imagination, and positive associations. While we don’t suggest you paint the entire room in a bright red colour, adding a pop of colour through an accent wall, curtains, bright picture frames, or wallpaper will add energy and warmth to a room.
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Going overboard with bright colours
Sticking exclusively to a neutral pallet is not advisable, but neither is the other extreme – adding too much colour to a space. A combination of orange walls, bright green curtains, a blue desk, purple rugs, and a red chair will certainly create an energetic feel in a room, but you do want your child to calm down and relax eventually, right? It’s a well-known fact that different colours have different psychological effects on us. Some are more conducive of creativity, others are more soothing and relaxing. That’s why you should always strive for a balance between bright pops of colour and more neutral calming pallets.
Purchasing expensive items
The only thing predictable about children is their unpredictability. They are the ultimate explorers, discovering the world around them and testing limitations. Investing in an expensive wallpaper that can’t be easily cleaned with water is money down the drain. Stay away from expensive furniture items. We guarantee that you will regret this decision the moment your five-year old discovers paint, glue, or scissors. As a parent, it’s natural to want to invest in durable quality items for your kid’s room, however, it’s best to do so when a kid is old enough to understand how to care for these items. Until then, lower your expectations and check out a few flea markets and more affordable furniture stores. You can always personalise them to your kid’s unique style by turning it into a DIY project.
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Painting wall murals
Wall murals are, without a doubt, a stunning way to add character to a space. However, a child’s taste and preferences change faster than most people can afford to keep up with. Sure, your six-year old may be obsessed with Olaf from Frozen at the moment, but, before you know it, he or she will switch to Harry Potter or Marvel superheros. The easiest way to accommodate the ever-evolving interests of a child is through removable wall art and decorations: framed posters, prints, drawings, and toys or action figures displayed on shelves. We recommend to stay away from removable stickers, though, as over time the colour around them will fade, leaving you with a visible outline of the sticker once you remove it.
Installing carpet floors
This is a big no-no! Pretty much everything in a kid’s room should be easily cleaned with water: floors, walls, upholstery, curtains, and furniture surfaces. Instead of covering the floor of your kid’s room with a carpet, opt for laminate or hardwood floors. You can then add a a few smaller area rugs, which can be easily thrown in the washing machine. Vinyl is another durable and low-maintenance option, however, keep in mind that it contains some toxic elements and is not environmentally friendly.
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Failing to incorporate cleaning needs in the design of a room
Every parent will attest that kids have an almost miraculous ability to get things dirty even when there’s no dirt around. From cookie crumbs, to tiny Lego parts, old crayons, leaves and stones from the yard – no nook or corner of a kid’s room is safe from getting dirty. That’s why it’s crucial to think through the arrangement of furniture in your child’s room in terms of how accessible the tiniest corners are when cleaning.
Designing storage based your needs, as opposed to your child’s
To encourage your children to be organised with their toys and keep their room tidy, you should make storage as easy and accessible to them as possible. While you can reach a top shelf of a closet, your eight-year old probably can’t. Incorporate your child’s storage needs from the get-go to avoid unnecessary costs and hassle in the future.
We hope you found these tips useful. Are there any remodeling tricks and hacks for parents that you’d like to share? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.