Designing spaces for children and adolescent tweens can be challenging. It requires balancing practicality with your own style and with their often changing personal taste. One way to do this, while giving children the chance to express themselves, is by using colour. Sharon Grech, Benjamin Moore Colour & Design Expert shares her tips on how to create trendy, functional spaces for kids:
Plan Where to Invest: Save money on small accessories, such as throw pillows which can easily be replaced as their personal style evolves. Multi-functionality is key for investment pieces – look for bedding with reversible patterns, or furniture that can be refinished or has hardware that can be changed as tastes mature. As children can be very rough on walls, don’t skimp on paint. “A high quality paint, particularly one in a higher gloss finish, will endure the wear and tear, be easier to clean and be less likely to need touch ups,” says Grech. “Benjamin Moore Natura has incredible durability and also has zero VOCs and zero emissions. This makes it a safer paint for your family and for the environment without any sacrifice to performance.”
Let Kids Get Involved with Colour: Letting kids have a voice in colour allows them to explore their personal style while managing your budget. Many children are attracted to vibrant and deeply saturated colours. Don’t shy away from these bold tints – painting is an easy and affordable way to refresh and transition a room from childhood to adolescence.
“Geometric patterns are very popular in kid’s room this year – and there are so many fun ways to incorporate this fun, kid-friendly trend into their room,” explains Grech. A geometric statement wall, dresser, or ceiling can easily be achieved with a can of paint and stencil, and will allow for a trendy room that can be changed easily if needed.
Avoid Clutter: Bedrooms are for more than sleeping. They are a place to do homework, to unwind and to play. Maximizing storage is crucial. Baskets, shelves or hidden storage units within furniture can help minimize the look of clutter. Visual clutter can also be reduced by confining posters and photos to a single gallery wall, or paint a large rectangle in a contrasting hue to create a smaller collection.
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