Designing a child’s room can offer plenty of possibilities for fun color choices and creative ideas, but there’s more to the process than meets the eye. If you want to create a space that will help your offspring grow well physically, mentally and emotionally, it’s worth considering a few key planning essentials.
Consider Ergonomic Needs
Adjustable chairs, are a great investment, as they will grow with children from their toddler years through elementary school. Having a chair like this will help a child sit well at a height that’s right for the table.
For the optimum sitting position at a desk, knees should not be bent less than 90 degrees; the head should be looking forward not down; the upper arm should be close to the body, with elbows bent no less than 90 degrees; wrists should be straight, bent no more than 15 degrees; and feet should be flat on a surface. The chair also should have back support.
Create Zones for Sleep, Play and Work
How do you establish good sleep habits for your child? Instill the idea that the bed is for relaxing and sleeping by zoning the bedroom according to function.
Provide a proper space for the desk, so your child will not be tempted to do schoolwork on the bed. Establish a separate corner for play too, to avoid clutter in the restful sleep area.
Provide the Right Lighting
You can help your child retain good eyesight by providing proper lighting. This means a good amount of natural light, a warm white light for general illumination of the room after the sun goes down, and a task light for schoolwork.
Some children may also need a night light for anxiety or nighttime fears, while others may be comfortable enough knowing that the light switch is within arm’s reach of the bed.
Provide Color Therapy
You can use color to enhance your child’s sleep, concentration and psychological comfort. Children with a lot of energy, for example, may benefit from a soothing color in the environment. “If a room is super fun, bright and stimulating, some children may have a harder time winding down for rest.
Some psychologists believe these hues promote certain feelings, so use them accordingly:
◦Red: passion, aggression
◦Orange: pleasure, optimism
◦Yellow: creativity, fun
◦Green: balance, harmony
◦Blue: peace, calmness
◦Violet: meditation, imagination
Let Them Add Their Own Touches
Pinboards allow children to decorate using their favorite things, while a world map prompts them to think of travels and adventures.It’s important to give your child some ownership in the design of their room. This allows the child to express his or her personality and creativity, and encourages taking responsibility for the room’s upkeep.