Now that your kids are spending more time at home, here are a couple of tips from award-winning designer Katharine Pooley, on creating happy spaces for them.
Entering the “new normal”, Bangkok’s various establishments are making their comeback — albeit under rather different circumstances. Schools, however, remain closed for the time being. As we find our kids spending more time at home, it might be time to consider what we could do to truly create happy living spaces for our children. After all, a few tweaks here and there — say, for instance, a designated space for craft-making — could go a long way in making our kids feel happier about staying in, making the child-rearing process a little easier on us too. Thankfully, award-winning interior designer Katharine Pooley has put together a few of her top tips to creating happy kid-friendly spaces, from adding splashes of colour to incorporating playful details. Here’s how you can get started.
Tip 1: Toys
According to Katharine Pooley, hanging toys from the ceilings can really help to add a burst of life into your space, making it more child-friendly and adding a positive ambiance to your rooms. If you’re unsure which toys to pick, she says “aeroplanes and hot air balloons work especially well — time to order some airfix models!”
Tip 2: Dedicated Spaces
Just as setting up a specific “work area” can do wonders in boosting productivity, having a “dedicated desk for craft making, homework, reading or simply daydreaming,” is also important when it comes to creating a space for your child. As Katharine Pooley puts it, “a comfortable chair and ample book shelving is a must.”
Tip 3: Bunk Beds
Fans of Katharine Pooley’s designs, and her group of elite clientele from all across the globe will know that she absolutely adores designing bedrooms with bunk beds. Her reasoning behind this is simple — “children love them, as they create space for sleepovers and den making — so cosy and fun.”
Tip 4: Bright Colours
More than an aesthetic choice, using bright, vibrant hues in your child’s room can really change the overall atmosphere in the space. “Embrace brightly coloured accents. Playful details like bright orange cushions and lamps really lift a room and make it pop.”
Tip 5: Patterns
As Katharine Pooley put it, “pattern is your friend. Playful details like borders to window treatments add interest and character to brighten any room.”
Tip 6: Lighting
Known for her love of manipulating light in spaces, Katharine Pooley doesn’t skimp on quirky and playful lighting details, when it comes to homes for children. From lamps shaped like giraffes to more, you could really get creative. “It is a terrific way to make a bedroom feel like a cheerful children’s space.”
Tip 7: Funky Wallpaper
When it comes to adding colour, you can play around with decor — or you can take things a step further and be bold with your wallpaper choices. Katharine Pooley recommends “adding funky colourful wallpaper to wardrobe panelling — it will draw the eye and brighten the mood.”
Tip 8: Follow their Needs
Of course, hanging toys and bunk beds are all rather fun, until the teenage years begin to arrive. At that point, the needs of your child will change according to his/her age, and Katharine Pooley believes it’s important for their living spaces to reflect that. “Moving into their teenage years, it’s nice to add a bit of glamour to a girls bedroom,” she explains, “create a feature dressing table or headboard that is chic but not too serious.” As for teenage boys, Pooley believes “they deserve beautifully designed rooms too. I like to embrace and reflect their passions and create a refuge just for them.”
Tip 9: Wall Stickers
Perhaps not the most obvious element, but when you really think about it, making full use of the options you have available when it comes to wall stickering could really change up your space. Pooley describes them as “an instant fix to make a bedroom more child-friendly, and brilliant for adding a touch of whimsy.”
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