Kid Spaces Designed with the Future in Mind
The challenge with designing kid rooms is ensuring that you are investing in pieces that will last, as well as listening to their point of view. It’s a bit of give-and-take, and hiring a designer can help take the pressure of making those big decisions off of the parents.
Being a mom of two growing boys, I can attest to how quickly they move through phases. Find out how I helped this family create two fun and functional rooms for their 7 year old daughter!
Sofia is a sweet and energetic little girl that was dreaming of having a big girl room. She is lucky enough to have two rooms to use, one for sleeping and dressing, and the other for reading and doing school work.
» Space for all activities
Do you want your child to have a desk in their room, a place to read, space to play, or to simply use the room for sleeping? These are questions that will help me determine the ideal floor plan for the room.
For example, knowing whether a desk is a must-have or not helps to determine the size of the bed—a twin, a double or even a queen.
If needed, I can create two floor plans—one for now and one for the future. This will show you how the room will evolve as your child grows up, giving you confidence to invest in the right quality pieces that will last for many years to come.
» Generic colour scheme
After the floor plan, the next thing to determine is the colour scheme. I recommend staying away from specific characters, and choosing a colour scheme that can grow with them.
If your child is young, you can use an accent colour found in the rest of your house as jumping-off point. If your child is old enough to have opinions about colour, this is a great time to get them involved.
In this case, Sofia loved really bright hues, especially deep pink and yellow. I found an absolutely fabulous wallpaper mural, and I had so much fun using other colours in it around the room. Keeping the furniture and built-ins white helps calm the space and lets the colour stand out.
» Lots of thoughtful storage
Do you ever find that your kids have a hard time tidying their rooms? I’ve found that having an organized and decorated room encourages kids to clean up and take pride in their surroundings. It totally works for adults too!
While Sofia’s room had a large closet, it lacked shelves and rods at her height so that she can put things away on her own. I designed a custom closet featuring adjustable shelves and double rods. As she grows, one of the rods can be removed to make room for longer dresses and pants.
In the reading room, we removed the doors on the closet and added adjustable shelving to make room for bins of stuffed animals, board games and books. As she grows, this space can be used to store school projects and art supplies.
I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to help this family create rooms that they enjoy spending time in! They have already told me that Sofia is taking such great care of her big girl rooms, and she even makes her bed every morning! That’s a win for sure.
Want help designing your kid rooms? Book a call today to chat about our process!
Here’s what my clients had to say about their experience:
I have worked with Natalie since the beginning of my many projects and she was wonderful! She always listens to our needs and finds great solutions. I have very much valued her suggestions and it’s been so easy to work with her and CPI team, and her ideas are amazing. The quality and services we received were absolutely beyond our expectations. I would definitely recommend Natalie and CPI interiors. Thank you Natalie for the great work! Looking forward working with you again on my next project!MJ Boucetta – Kanata