Between the ages of five and 13, children begin to experience their world in an imaginative, creative way. Liberated from the developmental milestones of early childhood but not quite into the final stretch towards adulthood that is adolescence, children of this age have the freedom to discover their world and their individual potential. During this time, decorating their rooms to reflect their interests becomes an important outlet of expression, and recently, this focus has helped create a boom in sports bedding options for both boys and girls. Parents can help guide this discovery through decorating process by helping them design their room.
Elements to Decorating a Child's Room
Grade-schoolers can be “all over the board” with their desires and imagination. As with preschoolers, they still need space to move about and kick up their heels without risk of injury. However, like the older group, they have begun to discover sports. Moreover, they begin to feel excitement as their parents get excited over professional sports on TV, or they may enjoy seeing football, basketball and baseball games in person. Their exuberance spills over into their creative play, and parents can facilitate this with soft, plush and functional bedding in favorite themes such as Atlanta Braves bedding or any other popular professional team. The goal should be to create the space yet maintain safe features such as soft corners and edges.
A parent may be inclined to make all of the decorating decisions for a grade-schooler, yet many are old enough to provide input and choose the theme. Allowing them to participate in the decision making process will foster ownership in the care and appearance of their sports themed bedding and pillows, in addition to toys, wall décor and window treatments. Children of this age are developing interests, hobbies and talents as part of their self-determination, so parents can reinforce those positive feelings by letting the child choose the sports team or overall color scheme.
Pulling the Room Together
What could be more fun for a child than to support a favorite sports team by decorating their room with key elements dedicated to them? The crucial item to pull the room together will be the bedding, throws and pillow covers. It is quite easy to design a fun room concept without gutting the space and starting from scratch. For instance, a boy’s room may have light turquoise walls, which may seem to clash with the bold midnight navy and white colors of New York Yankees bedding. Yet, a simple sports themed wall decal with multiple colors above the bed will complement and pull together the entire room.
Using Accent Colors
A simple, proven method to decorate a child’s room includes choosing a color scheme of two to three shades, then marry the shades together with one to two accent colors. For example, with the midnight navy and white of the New York Yankees bedding mentioned above, one or two bright accents will add a splash of color and pop to complete the room. Bright red, orange or yellow accents work well.
However, the best way to finish a room may be to ask the child. Grade-schoolers have unlimited imagination and resourcefulness. Unleashing and fostering that ingenuity may create a result that surprises and delights any parent.
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+jodi Call ll graduated Brigham Young University and has spent years in the home design and décor business. She offers tips and advice for home decorating enthusiasts regularly at her blog at Bedbathstore.com