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Interior Design for my Children’s Bedrooms

This is a diversion from the usual topics covered on this site, but I have been looking into decorating the kids bedrooms and as a result I thought I would share some of my thoughts on here too.Children in their early years should be exposed to the many marvelous elements of our world. They should be able to perceive that which is beautiful and respond with eagerness to explore new and exciting things.

Children in their early years should be exposed to the many different elements of our world. They should be able to perceive that which is beautiful and respond with eagerness to explore new and exciting things.

Children tend to be amazed by brilliant spectacles that they encounter in their daily lives. They resonate to the colors of the rainbows which make them appreciate colorful candies and balloons that replicate those vivid shades.

The physical environment that surrounds children should spur their young interest and ceaseless curiosity into the realms of the unknown. It should allow them to have a tight grip on good information and beneficial knowledge. An accent mural in the classroom evokes within them a lively and cheerful mood that translates to vigor and enthusiasm to discover more wonders and eureka moments.

The playground with its colorful obstacle courses, slides and swings challenges not only the physical stamina of the child but also his social skills. These essential facets are the ones that should be looked into when designing the ideal children’s bedroom. It must be an interactive place where they can seek their potentials and nurture them.

It will also be their own personal havens, a territory that they will mark as theirs to protect from invisible enemies and even from well-meaning parents that can sometimes disrupt their creative musings and play times.

Elements in a fun and functional children’s bedroom

Children that are no longer toddlers and yet are still far from the adolescence stage enjoy the best of the past world that they have already emerged from and the future world that is welcoming them soon. They have play and leisure activities but they also have advanced tasks to tackle such as homework and projects. They need a place where they are free to play and enjoy which will also provide them a peaceful ambiance conducive to studying and doing homework.

Children at this stage can choose the colors and the themes they want to have for their bedroom. They have hobbies, interests and ideas that will guide them in their decisions. They are still young however, and their personal tastes are still shifty and fickle. They might change their minds from time to time. What they need is a bedroom design that is not too literal and that will last at least 5-10 years so that it will be easier to redesign and redecorate in the future.

Bedroom Area

Children need to sleep in the most comfortable setting in the house. The interior of the bedroom should be pleasant and serene enough to induce them to sleep and recuperate from their busy days. An accent wall with loud colors and terrifying abstract images can be placed in a room that harbors a teenager who happens to be fond of rock alternative music and haunting poetry, but in a child’s bedroom which promotes peacefulness and a restful and dream filled slumber, this element will be completely out of place.

The walls should be painted in pastel colors to provide a background for other elements that are more attractive in appearance. Light colors should be applied to larger surfaces while striking colors should be limited to the accent pieces. Wallpapers with whimsical prints such as fairies, butterflies, blossoms and the like are a great way to adorn bedroom walls. However, they should only be placed in far corners or unfrequented places so that they will not be damaged easily.

Paint is an inexpensive alternative to wallpaper. They can be applied on walls to create fantasy and sci-fi scenes that the kids will surely love. A small brush and several cans of paint plus a colossal imagination are all you need to create these attractive wall murals and paintings. You can use roller blinds and Venetian blinds for the window treatment.

If you choose to have curtains, then consider the plain, structured ones rather than the lacy and frilly ones that is prone to the accumulation of dust. Children might also be tempted to play with them and write on them. Hardwood floors should be used instead of carpets because of their easy cleaning maintenance.

The bed should be simple and comfortable. The design will vary depending on the gender of the child. The size of the bed can either be single or semi double. The sheets and pillow cases that should be used are still of pale colors or cool colors such as blue and green. The length of the bed can be shorter and they can be designed as cars or boats depending on the theme that you and your child have agreed upon.

However it is still wise to stick to the standard length, and the design need not to be too literal because the child will grow out of it eventually and will be asking for a conventional bed in the future. Double Decker or bunk beds are perfect for the kid’s bedroom because they use a small amount of space and kids like to play in them while dictating their territorial limits.

It is very important to note that these beds should be models of safety. They should be well-constructed. Parents should especially check the upper portion to ensure they are equipped with stable ladders and high rails on the sides. The construction should always be sturdy.

Play and entertainment area

Children want to play games and listen to music. They should be able to explore their talents and potentials through games and other recreational activities, that is why a play area should be designated in a small portion of the room. The kids have to take pride in their rooms and must enjoy the time spent there. A bedroom should be one of the safest places they can be. This should be a space where parents can keep an eye on them and make sure that they are safe and secure.

Children should be trained to take good care of the things that they own and learn to value them. A smaller version of a dining table can be added to the room so that they can have tea with their dolls or have a surface where they can color or play with favorite toys. A window seat or a loveseat can be added so that the child can comfortably listen to music or read a favorite book.

Study Area

The study area can be a separate entity or it can be incorporated into the double deck bed. The desk should be wide enough to accommodate a desktop computer, books and paper, and still have enough surface to write when necessary.

A reclining swivel chair with striking red leather upholstery and stainless steel metal arms and legs will be perfect for a funky study area. Sufficient task lighting in the form of pendant down lights and a table lamp should keep the children awake while studying.

Every room needs storage space, especially the one with lots of toys, books and coloring paraphernalia scattered on the floor. The drawers under the bed and closet are excellent storage places. When they are full however, you can use baskets, boxes, plastic containers, etc.

Innovative ways to maximize children’s space

Place floating shelves and cabinets on top of the study desk area so that provisions for storage space can be added. You can have them painted in different colors so they will serve as functional decor too.

Surf the internet or look for furniture suppliers that can customize children’s bedroom systems that combine the bed and the study desk, the bed and the closets, etc.

Use abstract and sculptural chairs, tables and accessories that will keep the kids guessing about their true forms. Their quest for knowledge should always be challenged by the things they see around them. The geometric patterns on the floor and a framed multiplication table hung at the corner of the desk can help them stretch their minds a bit more.

Make use of casters in the furniture pieces such as the bed, study chair, study desk and tables so that the arrangement of the furniture pieces will be flexible. It will also be easier to clean the bedroom if the furniture pieces are movable.

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Joining the MacResearch Team

I’ve been a regular visitor to the web site pretty much since its inception, so I was very pleased to be able to accept an invitation to join the Executive Committee.

MacResearch is a web site that targets the Mac-using Scientist. It provides a wide range of services, including news feeds, software reviews, how-to articles, forums, a script repository, and — most recently — access to a 4-node Xserve computational cluster.

But one of the more important roles that MacResearch has taken on is that of mediator: Polls are held regularly, and the results summarized in a report which is communicated directly to Apple, and released to the community at large. If you want to know more, either visit the site, or check out the new web cast, in which Ivan Judson and Joel Dudley explain it all much more eloquently than I ever could.

What will my role be at MacResearch? To be honest, it’s a bit too early to say. I will certainly contribute content, most probably related to scientific software development in Cocoa, Python, C++, and Fortran. I also have some ideas for applications of Xgrid, but I can’t say much more than that until I find out what the existing MacResearch team have in mind. Whatever happens, I’m sure it will be an interesting ride…

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