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Your little bundle of joy is now grown enough to move around with a reduced amount of supervision. They are starting to assert themselves and their artistic ideas on the world. As a parent, an excellent skill that you have added to your resume is worrying. At this stage, it is no different. Is the space you’re currently living in the best that you can do for your child? Well, there’s always room for improvement.
There are many different ways in which you can transform your home into an enabling abode for your child. You may choose to have an artistic environment, a reading environment, a playful environment, or all three rolled up in one. This is an understatement owing to the fact that there is a myriad of possibilities.
Whatever it is you are looking for in a home, here are some of the essentials you will need.
When accessorising your home, it would be best, to begin with, the area they’re going to spend most of their waking time in; the living room.
Sofas with large sections are the best if you would like to use them for relaxation and sitting for a good number of people, or when your child has all their friends over. It would also be prudent to think about soft pillows and squishy teddy bears to liven up the room.
2. Bean bags and pillows
It’s safe to say that children won’t always sit still in one place. They’ll be up and about, moving around and being simply busybodies. Getting onto and off a sofa may become tiresome. An investment in a variety of giant bean bags will sort out this issue. They can sit on them, lie on them and do whatever gymnastics their learning minds tell them to do, safely.
A number of pillows of different sizes will help in sparking their creativity. They can use them to build forts and castles and add some “reality” to their imagination.
3. Choice of colors
Colors have an effect on how we perceive and respond to things and stimuli in our surroundings. It’s the reason why we associate red with danger and green with life. This is an innate human ability that children also possess.
According to a medical study, children respond differently to a variety of colors. Bright colors prompted positive emotions while the inverse is true of darker colors. Choose a color palette that suits your child well. A good example is when you have an active child, the color red has been observed to make a child overly energetic throughout the day. Colors like green, purple or blue would be more appropriate as they are cool.
Shelves will come in handy when providing a form of storage that a child can easily and safely use. The bottoms sections of a floor-standing cube shelf are excellent places to stow toys when they are not in use. The tops could be used to store items that are not meant for the child, out of reach.
Floor-standing bookshelves can also serve the same purpose as the cube shelf. Coloring books, fairy tale books, and other comics could be stored on the lower sections to allow the child to access them. This could also be a good way to start teaching them neatness and the importance of arranging their stuff.
5. Sanctum Sanctorum
Your child may crave some alone time once in a while, or space they could call their own. They could “decorate” it how they feel like. Going up the stairs to their room may be a bit of a chore. If it is shared with a sibling, it may not be as private as they would wish.
If you have a large enough living room, adding a teepee or small tent with a few pillows in there could come in handy. They could have their own little “camping adventure” or they may choose to involve you. Either way, go with the flow.
If you are the DIY type or have some carpentry nous, the space under the stairs could be turned into an excellent “Little House in the Prairie”. A small mattress or some pillows and some books inside will personalize the space for them. Their own little Fortress of Solitude.
If your living room also doubles up as the play area, then they will surely use your furniture for their play. You can craft a coffee table that they can also use as a drawing board for their art, Police and Robbers car chases or real estate for their model train.
Kids will be kids, and they will draw on walls. The good thing is there are a variety of matt and vinyl paints that can be easily wiped clean when your child decides to channel Vincent Van Gogh. Their attempts to recreate Starry Night may not be as detailed, but it’s an excellent start.
Whenever they make drawings, you can frame them up and turn one of your living room walls into a gallery. Your responsibility as the curator is to ensure the gallery is up to par with the playful standards of your child.
8. Dining Room
Meal times are a sacred time among a lot of families. This is where you get to sit down together, discuss what’s going on in your daily lives and bask in the severely understated magic of enjoying a meal with your loved ones.
Your child may have different ideas though. If they are easily distracted, then it would be best to have a plain wall. An artistic décor may have them lost in exploration instead of concentrating on the food right in front of them.
Having windows around your dining area is a great way to let in natural light; well lit during the day or having a candlelit dinner under the stars is a dream dinner many would love to have with their families and is also a great way to educate your child on the various beautiful constellations.
A breakfast nook bench is a great idea if you’d like a different style to the traditional table surrounded by chairs set up. This can work long term as it provides multipurpose seating for meal times as well as a private corner to put your legs up and enjoy the latest magazine.
If you are the type of family that tend to spend a lot of time at the dining table talking and sharing euphonious conversation, your child may not be as inclined to join you. They may decide to have some fun on the floor around the chairs while the adults are conversing. Having open chairs allows them to zoom in between them and drive that toy Chevy Camaro around the dining room track.
Kids, being naturally curious, will follow you into the kitchen. If they do get interested in what it is you do to come up with delicious food, they will want to try it out. This means more likely than not, you will end up with a messy floor. Seeing how you hate looking at that eye sore, you will find yourself cleaning up several times when preparing a meal.
An easy way out of this is to have a floor with patterned tiles. This will help camouflage these messes and allow you and your child to concentrate on coming up with a delicious family meal, and they can be easily mopped up when you are done in the kitchen.
That kitchen island could also be a good place to keep them busy if you don’t want them to leave your sight. Adding a drawing board on one side will ensure they concentrate on honing their artistic skills while you come up with a meal worthy of The Last Supper.
If there is one place that your child will want to have independence and privacy to navigate and handle their business, it is the bathroom. A good starting place is to have steps in the bathroom to allow them to reach the sink with ease.
Yes, they will play with water to ensure that the steps have a high friction co-efficient to reduce the chances of a nasty incident happening.
It may be tempting to go crazy with decorating the bathroom with all the cartoons and book characters that they like but it may be a stretch. Simple bright colors will do. You can upgrade the design as they grow older.
This is the one room where a good wallpaper will work wonders. A fun pattern will help lighten up bath times.
If you have a large bathroom, you can add storage options that the kids can reach. This can be useful when dealing with items such as towels and soaps. Instead of your kid throwing them on the floor, a basket, or a hook are some simple ways to have things in order.
In contrast to the play area, having bright colors in your child’s room may be counterproductive. Soft colors and lighting are the way to go to calm them down and settle their energy. Wallpaper of their favorite characters would work wonders in this room.
Depending on what age they are, clothes rack will be a welcome addition to their room when they begin insisting on dressing themselves. Installing an exposed rack that they could reach will start you off on the right foot. You still get to pick out their outfits though.
12. Lighting and ceiling fixtures
In different rooms in the house where your child spends significant time in, you can spruce things up by doing away with the traditionally plain bulb on a socket or seriously adult lampshades.
There are a variety of lamp shades and lighting fixtures shaped to look like a good number of things. Imagine the adventures your child will dream up when he sees that chandelier in the shape of a spaceship or a jet engine fan chandelier. Crystal chandeliers in different colors will really spice up the room with the glossy colors they bring.
Having your home be the best nurturing environment your child could ever have is not a difficult affair. All it takes is some imagination and a bit of work to turn into a reality.
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