We all want to dwell where we feel most alive – and so do our kids. Over the years and through a few incarnations, we’ve collaborated with our children when designing (or revising) their rooms. Our approach remains simple: they choose the colors, décor staples and a flight of whimsical details. After all, this is a space they will vividly carry with them always. Our role? Tie all that love together with a few stitches of shui so ideas grow and dreams flourish.
If you’re in the spirit, here are a few considerations for your little one’s stomping grounds:
Prep (for) school. We all want an inside advantage for our littles’ scholarly success, right? Round out their bedrooms with a globe to encourage curiosity. Cosmic charts of the moon and stars give your supernova the sense of endless horizon. And any world map helps ground boundless energy.
Channel Goldilocks. If your little babe has a desk, make sure it’s “just right.” If a work area is too big, she might not feel up to the task in front of her. If a desk is too small, it can leave him feeling stymied. Desks are a potent creative space, a place where kids can both seize the day and playfully unwind.
Talk about clutter. When we have conversations regularly about our stuff, we teach our children to not rely on their things for confidence. A good rule of thumb: everything has its own place, even homework. So, strike a balance between their creative expressions with a few house rules for structure. When we make order a priority now, it provides increased ease later.
Boost self-esteem. Mirrors represent how we “see” ourselves. So, if she has a mirror in the bedroom, hang it at eye level. When a mirror is too high, it subtly suggests she won’t measure up. And if a full-length mirror hangs on the door, go for the widest option available. If he doesn’t “fit” into a mirror, it can distort his self-image.
Let love rule. What does your star see from her bed every day? Visions of love are reassuring, so photos of parents and grandparents in her room are a very good thing. They're a beautiful reminder of your child’s place in a happy family. And all those objects of affection he collects – artwork, stuffed animals and the curated daily artifacts – are punctuations of self-expression and comfort.
Whether for sleep or play, a room is a first declaration of self-definition. It is wide open space for children to express who they are. More importantly, this space is a reflection of who they dream of becoming. And when they spend time in surroundings they truly love, it inspires full-strength use of their imaginations and personalities – a fetching force for good energy indeed.
p.s. For more design inspiration, don't miss this boys' bedroom revamp, complete with wild (but temporary) wallpaper.