Guest post from Amanda Green, a freelance writer on assignment.
Raising children can be a bittersweet experience because they grow and change so fast. The cute and cuddly phase quickly turns into the frilly and flouncy princess period which will eventually morph into pop star adoration season. Along with chef, chauffeur and gofer duties, moms need another skill set: Interior decorator to update room décor as needed. In this endeavor, LTDCommodities, a home goods and accessories retailer, can be a big help with inspiration as well as affordable, usable items.
Add Storage Options
Children are messy creatures because they come with so many accessories contrived by grownups for entertainment and educational purposes. Toys, books, art sets and other doodads need an assigned home to keep everyone in the house safe and sane.
Consider adding open shelves and baskets. Children can be trained to toss things back into the baskets on their own. Shoe shelves, book shelves and toy trunks are all good additions to keep a child’s room organized. Take advantage of rolling under-bed storage for bulky items.
Sometimes, a fresh coat of paint is all that is needed to create a new look for a child’s room. Use appliques to add a touch of whimsy or to emphasize the room’s decorating theme. Craft stores and the @LTDCommodities Twitter page are good sources for unique and easy-to-apply appliques that will leave children amazed at mom’s decorating prowess. Browse the online catalogue to get fresh ideas and to determine how far the decorating budget can go.
Update the Bedding
Sheets, comforters, pillows and pillowcases represent the easiest ways to create a design theme by using color, pattern and licensed characters. Give the child a chance to help select the bedding as this will give them ownership of the redesign and an incentive to keep their updated room picked up.
Improve the Lighting
The light needed for a child reading on his own is different from the light needed when the child’s bedtime ritual involves a reading session with mom and dad.
An independent reader will need different reading nooks in his room: A child-size desk, an easy chair by the window and a place in bed. Ensure that these areas have sufficient light from natural sources or with energy-efficient lighting.
When furnishing a child’s room, there are a number of considerations to juggle. Make sure safety and comfort are prioritized in order to minimize if not eliminate any hazards.