If there’s anything we can take from the year 2020, it’s the need to fill our homes with comfort and joy. Spaces that will make it easier for us to work, rest and play, and multifunctional rooms that can adapt with the (almost continually) changing times. The key is to think about your own family requirements, and design according to your own priority list.
For living spaces in homes, it may be quite obvious that you might require an adaptable office/living space, or maybe even a space saving dining table set up to create extra room for home offices. We’ve also seen some incredible micro desk spaces formed from wardrobe interiors that can blend seamlessly into a bedroom by being all shut away again at the end of the day.
But, what about children’s rooms? How can these be adapted to suit what seems to be very much the new normal?
For us, childrens’ lives are all about story telling. From setting daily routines, to attending hobbies and engaging in imaginary play, this theme of telling tales is endemic in the behaviour of children and also the tools we provide them with to help them nourish and grow.
It therefore makes sense that their own bedroom space should tell some form of story. A story about their dreams perhaps; maybe it’s telling tales that involve their favourite books or toys, or even expressing elements of their personality. Anything that helps them create their own little world and develop their identity for the bigger, wider world outside their home.
So, here are some ways that we think childrens’ rooms can be reframed for 2021:
If you need multifunctional rooms that act as entertaining, sleep and distance learning spaces:
You may have nailed multifunctional living spaces downstairs, but when it comes to the childrens’ rooms they might need a little something to modernise them.
High sleeper beds have been one of our best sellers for 2020, and it’s not really a surprise to find out why. – They can be tailored to your child’s needs; whether that’s a study, sleepover and bed space, or a cosy chair, storage and sleep space. Ultimately, the high sleeper works hard to alleviate space taken up elsewhere in the room by utilising the area underneath the bed for more furniture.
If you’re looking for a child’s bedroom to have lots of different uses, it may be helpful to zone areas in their room, to encourage treating the various areas differently. For example, if the sleep station (bed) is up at the top by the ceiling, all the bedding should be kept up on this platform.
If you’d like to use the space underneath for studying and relaxing, it’s best to keep these separate. – Always ensure that a child’s desk has a chair at an appropriate height for them. This will remove any inclination to use a comfy chair/sofa as the work space.
How to add some comfort through texture and materials:
Now more than ever, there has been a greater shift towards being eco-conscious with our material choices. This has transferred into one of the biggest interiors trends for 2021, which is the use of both natural and recycled materials and refurbished items.
Warm colours such as gold, brown and cream are all cosy, comforting and relaxing colours and pave the way for adding pops of colourful personality on top after. Neutral bases are also the easiest way of dealing with changing minds as their tastes and interests adapt.
Already a huge interior trend, the Scandinavian styling of simple, clean and warm interiors are set to continue into 2021, and warm products such as wooden beds and brushed cotton fabrics will make it a space that your children won’t want to leave.
Maintaining healthy minds
However we’ve been affected by the pandemic so far, it has at times been difficult to restore some sense of ordinary in our otherwise upside down world.
With children having breaks from childcare and education, it’s only natural that they may be feeling a little anxious about the on-going events. Communication; listening and talking are of course the most important ways of counteracting negative thoughts, but here are a few ways of injecting some positivity into childrens rooms, too:
Wall art quotes. – Perhaps there’s a particularly funny saying that you use in your family unit, or maybe there are phrases or words that make your child smile.
Make a mural. – If there’s an obvious, blank wall in a child’s bedroom, why not paint a mural? There are so many wonderful types of murals out there nowadays, and they’re certainly not limited to fairytales and scenes of yesteryear. Murals are also a really clever way to pull a colour palette together in a room. If painting directly onto a wall fills you with dread, however, there are some fabulous large scale wallpaper prints available, as well as easy-peel decals.
– In short, fill their walls with things they love, and it is sure to have subconscious, positive effects.
So there we have it; just a few ways to re-imagine your child’s bedroom for 2021. After all, the home has ultimately just become the centre of our universe, and you know what, that may be no bad thing.