Children are great at decorating their own spaces when given the opportunity to do so, and since they are likely to spend most of their awake time in play what better place to confine all of their mess than in a self-designed playroom where they can let their imaginations run wild. Helping children decorate a playroom is fun, and a great way to teach them about making decisions, in addition to giving them a feeling of satisfaction and personal accomplishment.
The best place to start is with the walls, as starting any other place may cause damage in the long run. For instance, designing the floors before the walls is virtually asking for the kids to drip paint on them. Start with a simple color that is a low- or no-VOC paint brand, since the low odor varieties allow the children to be involved in the painting without being exposed to the harsh fumes of typical paints.
Once the painting is finished and allowed to dry thoroughly, let the children choose a theme
for the room. After that, which could take a bit of time if you have more than one child, begin
the process of helping them bring their idea to life. Locate wall borders, wall hangings, paint
stencils, and anything else you feel will make this task as easy as possible.
Once the walls are finished and completely dry, begin gathering materials for the floor. The ideal flooring for a playroom should be easy to keep looking clean without taking away from the overall playfulness of the room itself. Flooring such as brightly colored carpeting or rugs, for example interlocking puzzle mat pieces, work very well as flooring in a playroom. When you get the flooring done it is time to move on the real fun: adding the decorations.
Wall Décor and Furnishings
The best places to find wall décor, children’s furniture, and storage accessories include scouring yard sales, flea markets, and secondhand stores. They are all treasure troves for forgotten pieces of furniture just waiting for a new coat of paint or a few screws to be made new again. Be ready to allow the children to help paint each item so that they are able to continue the sense of personal accomplishment. Once each piece has been adjusted securely and painted, bring it into the playroom where it will be most useful. Avoid or severely limit tall shelving so that the children will be able to reach all of their toys without climbing on something dangerous.
Toy organizers are an essential component to any playroom, allowing children to know where each toy belongs and helping them in the clean-up process after playtime has finished. Children who know where toys belong are also more likely to be willing to help with the cleanup than those who have no idea where to put the toys when finished. Organize toys by types within the toy organizers and place books, board games, and puzzles in groups on shelving to help ensure ease of access, use, and cleaning.
Designer and writer, Alyssa Davis of Metal-Wall-Art.com, has many ideas for bringing style to your home with turtle metal wall art and coffee metal decor.