International interior designers and furniture manufacturers focus on the colors chosen for children’s rooms and play areas for this age group, because of the strong emotional effects of colors on them. According to an interior design engineer living in Canada, Dania Farhat, who specializes in decorating children’s interior spaces, colors can play a role in exciting or calming their occupants, on the contrary, knowing that warm colors, such as: red, orange and yellow are the most stimulating, in contrast to calm colors Cold, such as: blue-green.
In the context of reviewing the colors of children’s interior spaces, white is known this year for its restoration, and it is at the forefront of the walls, according to the designer Dania; The white used in the paint makes the rooms appear larger, brighter and airier. In addition to white, other neutral colors used to paint the walls in 2022 include: gray-beige, cream colors and light gray.
Conversely, bold colors go for different shades of green, dark blue and black. The mentioned colors are mainly used on the walls, and they are suitable for both boys and girls room.
Enriches the texture of the decor
It is worth noting that both wallpaper and wall stickers are currently popular in children’s bedrooms and are used in the context of enriching the texture of the decor and adding attractiveness to it. In this context, the designer recommends covering the central wall in each room with wallpaper, deriving clear colors in it, for use in other elements in the said architectural space. She says what is presented represents a formula in the work she follows.
Multifunctional baby space
Practicality is a hallmark of successful bedroom design for school-age boys and girls; In this context, the designer says that he attaches importance to making the mentioned spaces multi-zones and functions (sleeping, studying, playing or relaxing), while letting each designed area fully fulfill its roles, and ensuring that there is multiple storage is. places in it, this factor is essential.
If the children’s spaces are small, the storage function is integrated into the beds, as are the side tables with multiple drawers, with one seat at the back of each bed, provided the seat is provided with a place suitable for storing items and belongings .
In study areas, spacious desks are used to store supplies and wall shelves. In every play area or relaxation area, a soft beanbag-shaped armchair fits in, as well as a place to store toys and books.
8 general tips for decorating a children’s room
Designer Dania Farhat calls for adherence to the following general rules for decorating children’s bedrooms, at school age:
1 Choose a neutral color scheme, knowing that accessories and design combinations can be changed as youngsters get older, and their style and preferences change.
2 In the context of the psychology of colors, it is recommended to avoid the use of red and orange in the bedroom, because the two mentioned colors are stimulating, and can make the small inhabitants of the rooms irritable and excitable. On the other hand, the two mentioned colors seem more suitable for the playroom.
3 Maximize the use of the available space in each room by making it several areas with different functions, as well as using the wall. In addition, it is correct to use multifunctional furniture with storage spaces.
4 To make the rooms look bigger than they are, it is correct in theory to use light colors in the decor, with mirrors on the other side of the windows and the curtains from the top of the ceilings.
5 The larger the storage space in the rooms, the easier it is to clean it.
6 Use books and toys to decorate cupboards and bedside tables.
7 Multi-level lighting is made by means of a dimmer, to create a comfortable atmosphere.
8 Covering the floors with carpets to enrich the texture of the decor, connect the parts of the rooms and reduce noise.
Girls’ preference for bright colors
In a study issued by the Department of Child Welfare and Development, California State University, to investigate children’s emotional association with color, sixty children (thirty boys and thirty girls), aged between five and six and a half, were asked what their favorite color. After that, the study sample was presented with nine different colors, one by one, and in a random order, asking each of them: How do you feel about the color?
It is worth noting that the children’s reactions were positive towards bright colours, such as: pink, blue and red, and negative towards dark colours, such as: brown, black and grey. Children’s emotional responses to bright colors were increasingly positive with age, with girls in particular showing a preference for brighter colors and an aversion to darker colors. Conversely, boys were more likely than girls to have positive emotional associations with dark colors.
The study discussed potential sources of children’s color-emotional concepts, such as: gender-related experiences and personal experiences.