Decorating Tips: How to make your child’s room exciting but safe
Are you challenged with how to create a room that will appeal to your child and provide you with the peace of mind you need? Take a look at these tips from Sally Morse, the director of creative services for window fashions leader, Hunter Douglas.
To create an appealing atmosphere, take a cue from your child’s special interests. Select a theme to create a place they’ll look forward to spending time in. Some examples include:
• Ocean—If your child thought their vacation at the beach was pure heaven they can return there in memory with a beach-themed bedroom. Use watery blues on the walls and sand- colored floors. Wallpapers, posters and prints with beach scenes also add to the seashore setting.
• Animals—For the child who is crazy about animals, select wallpaper, posters and prints featuring those they like the most. Whether inspired by the jungle or a favorite stuffed toy, animals can, with a child’s imagination, turn into pleasing imaginary playmates.
• Sports—Sports enthusiasts of both genders enjoy having memento’s of their favorite sports, whether in the form of trophies, room accessories or team pennants. Skates that have been outgrown can become decorative elements on shelves. For the child who developed a passion for rowing, oars painted in bright colors can be transformed into wall décor.
• Gardens—Stencil, paint or glue flowers on lamps, headboards and walls to help recreate the natural beauty of an outdoor garden inside the room.
• Stars and moonlight—A little night owl will enjoy seeing the planets on the ceiling and perhaps a few shooting stars that decoratively land on walls and furniture. Natural light can be transformed with the right window treatment to help create an ethereal mood across the room. Silhouette window shadings softly diffuse light and protect against harsh UV rays while still enjoying light and a view.
To help ensure the room is safe, use: window guards and safety netting to help prevent falls; corner and edge bumpers to prevent injuries from sharp edges; and use outlet plugs to prevent electrical shocks. Minimize the safety hazards posed by window covering operating cords with a cordless lifting system, like the LiteRise which is offered on Silhouette shadings and other Hunter Douglas window fashions.