Ladybug has officially moved from her cot to her big girl bed. *Wipe Tear* She has become such a big girl!!! Big girls have big girl beds and new funky décor for their room (to go with the big girl bedding).
Here are some tips from Dulux and Im definitely going to use them! So watch this space and keep an eye out for the reveal of her big girl room!
Children’s Bedroom Décor Tips
By Dulux Colour Specialist Sonica Bucksteg
Children love bright and bold colours as it reflects the liveliness of their nature. So why not include them when it comes to selecting colours for their rooms? You may just be amazed by how their openness affects your viewpoint regarding bold and bright use of colour in other parts of your home.
However, it is important to be aware of colour proportions when it comes to bright, bold tones which need to be balanced by either neutral colours, white and sometimes even black – the ideal effect would be a stimulating environment but one that also offers comfort for children to retreat and relax in.
Deep colours and black are not one’s usual selection or preference when it comes to children’s décor but these choices should not be disregarded as these colours add dimension to the space, allowing other bright décor elements to pop against them.
Where to start?
Start with the right words – Get your child engaged in the project by thinking about warm, emotional words that create an interesting colour story for them, compared to that of an abstract approach which children may not be able to relate to.
Bear activities in mind – Identify the spaces in your child’s bedroom where he/ she will play, sleep and study (older children). For play area’s select bright and vibrant hues that encourage activity and sensorial enhancement. When it comes to sleeping, keep surfaces that are in your child’s direct visual field (such as the items they see when lying down on their bed) neutral with minimal bright colours and shapes.
Items that can’t change – Keep in mind that the colour of the flooring, light fittings etc. may not be changeable items, so you need to consider these items when choosing a colour scheme ensuring all elements and colours complement one another.
The age of your child – Your five year old may select colours that stimulate his/her sense of fun and play, these may include colours from the “Dulux Rich” or “Fresh” colour mood range, whereas your 16 year old may prefer funky, fashion-led shades found in the unique Dulux ColourFuturesTM trend forecast. Visit www.colourfutures.com for more information.
Correct paint product – The surfaces in a child’s bedroom need to be hardwearing and washable. For walls use a product such as Dulux Luxurious silk with a 10 year guarantee and repaint small furniture, cupboard doors and trims with Dulux Pearlglo, a water-based enamel that is not only knock and chip resistant, but also quick drying and low in odour, making rapid entry back into the room possible. Paint smooth surfaces such as melamine, glass and wall tiles with Dulux Supergrip etching primer prior to painting with colour.
Suggested Dulux colours: