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ITS TIME TO TACKLE YOUR KIDS/SPARE BEDROOMS spare bedroom
August 2nd 2017 |

Unless you live in a studio or one-bedroom apartment, there will be child/teen or guest/study rooms in your home, that I’m sure could do with a little TLC.

Kids bedrooms:

When it comes to needing personal space, kids are no different than adults. They too need a personal sanctuary that they can call their own, and are happy to retreat to when they need to escape from the world. When children are in those pre teen years, they travel through the different development stages so quickly and their personal space needs to change with that. To cater for this, I would suggest choosing a basic colour pallet that can be easily updated. As the child’s personality evolves and they develop their own sense of style. Younger children usually spend lots of time on the floor playing with their toys. So, careful consideration will need to be given to toy storage and flooring options in these rooms.

 

kids bedroom

Photo by Bastien Jaillot on Unsplash

 

Teens bedrooms:

When your child enters the teen years, it is even more important that they have a space that they love and can retreat to. It’s a time in their lives when they need lots of privacy and a space that reflects their personality as they enter adulthood. Yes, there will be some mementoes from their childhood, but most of the childhood toys will now be banished from this space. There will be a requirement for a study desk, different clothing storage, lots of power points, internet access and often a larger bed. Often their choice of colour pallet will change to dark moodier tones, just like their temperament does.

 

teen bedroom

Photo by Gabriel Beaudry on Unsplash

 

Guest bedrooms:

This space needs to be a welcoming retreat for guests coming to your home. When choosing a colour pallet and decorations for this room, ideally it would cater for both male and female guests of varying ages which will provide a pampering and relaxing zone that they can retreat to. To ensure that your guest has everything that they need, take some time to consider what you would like to have provided for you when staying with friends and family or hotel accommodation.

 

guest bedroom

Photo by Riyaz Hyder on Unsplash

 

Craft room and home office:

A home office or craft space does not need to be a huge room, to provide that creative space away from the rest of the home. For this space to function well is needs lots of storage and a carefully planned layout that caters to the personality and purpose of the space. Whether you are enjoying some time engrossed in your favourite hobby or hard at work completing the task at hand. This space needs to be an inspiring one that suits your personality and will welcome you into the space.

 

office

Photo by Rob Bye on Unsplash

 

Question time:

It’s time to cast a critical eye over these rooms and take a photograph of this space. This will help you see the space as it really is. Then, take some time to ask yourself the following questions, which hopefully will give you a great starting point to work from.

 

  1. Does the décor match the personality and design style of the rooms occupants?
  2. Does this space meet the requirements for its intended use?
  3. Is the lighting in the room fit for purpose?
  4. Do these bedrooms have a full length mirror in each of them?
  5. Is there adequate heating and ventilation in this space?
  6. Is there enough easy access storage for each item that needs to be stored in this space?
  7. Are there enough power outlets?
  8. Do the rooms that require it, have good internet reception?
  9. If there is a bed in this space, does it provide a comfortable sleep and is dressed with quality bed linen?

 

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Time for action:

Now, it’s time to get stuck in and give these spaces some tender loving care, turning them into spaces that its occupants will love.

 

  1. Remove everything from the space that you can, and give the area a thorough clean.
  2. Sort through everything that was emptied out of this space. Only keeping the things that you love, use regularly and are in good working order.
  3. If you don’t have a clear picture in your mind of how you would like this space to look. Spend some time in your favourite interiors stores, in magazines or on Pinterest getting some inspiration.
  4. Now it’s time to address any alarm bells that were set off, when answering the above questions. Remember that it’s not just about throwing money at the project. It’s about thinking outside the square. Seeing what can be re-purposed from the things you already have.
  5. When planning the layout of this room, start with the largest piece of furniture and build your plan from there.
  6. Once you have done all you can with what you already have. It’s time to compile a wish list of things you would love to acquire when the time and budget allows.
  7. Take a photo of your newly transformed bedroom and compare the before and after pics.
  8. Celebrate your achievements.

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