WE'VE reached September again, that hectic time of the year when the kids go back to school. Many children will have embarked on the big move from primary to secondary school and this is undoubtedly a nerve-wracking transition for all involved, but it's also an exciting phase in a child's life, as they make new friends and gain new interests.
During this period of change, as a parent you may find that your child is starting to outgrow their bedroom, not just because their tastes have changed, but because as they grow up they have different needs. Whereas the bedroom would previously have been a space for sleeping and playing, it is now a space of relaxation, entertaining friends and doing homework. If you are considering re-designing your child's bedroom in line with these changes, here are my hints and tips to help you along the way.
I know it's easier said than done, but it is important to keep their new bedroom as organised as possible. It can be a real challenge to sort out a child's bedroom as it is, but when they move to secondary school they are likely to be bombarded with piles of work books and folders with no place to keep them all. By making storage a key element in the design of the room, you will hopefully avoid any incidents where bits of their PE kit go missing on the morning they need it!
The move to secondary school can also mean that you have more uniform to store away. Fashion also becomes a more important part of their lives with a need to wear the latest on-trend items and you will soon find that their bedroom has transformed into a boutique clothes shop with T-shirts and dresses scattered everywhere! Investing in shelving or even storage boxes which can be hidden under the bed will allow you and your child to give everything its own place.
If you want to make a long term furniture investment though, Rossetto have some fantastic versatile wardrobe solutions, meeting the exact requirements of the spaces in which they are incorporated. The ranges available are of a sleek, minimalist style, meaning they will last for years to come without your child outgrowing the design.
By organising your child's room, you are also giving them a little more independence whilst taking the pressure off of you when it comes to tidying up. Making sure your child has a wash basket for dirty clothes, plenty of hangers in their wardrobe, and items such as a desk tidy and folders for papers and stationary gives them a chance to look after the space themselves! It also means you might have less cleaning-up to do, which is a definite bonus in my book!
If your children are anything like the kids I know, their tastes change from one minute to the next, depending on whatever the 'in thing' is at that time. For this reason, when re-decorating their room I would recommend applying a neutral colour to the walls which they will never be too mature for.
While I'm sure a lot of pre-teen girls would love to paint their rooms pink or purple, it isn't the most practical choice. Make a compromise by keeping the walls fairly neutral and then introducing their favourite colour with the soft furnishings you choose. Cushions, curtains and bed linen can easily be replaced at a fairly low cost and can be updated as they grow older.
Letting your child make their bedroom their own is really important when re-designing the space. By this I don't mean let them lose with a paintbrush and a can of paint just allowing them to partake by making their own photo montage or choosing a chair that creates a bit of a feature allows them to put their stamp on the room. This also gives you overall control meaning the room fits in with your own design preferences.
Think about how to cater for their every need from the start to try and provide the room with as much longevity as possible. If you have a daughter, you may want to think about purchasing a full length mirror and a dressing table where they can experiment with their hair and make-up as they grow older.
If you have a son, you may want to think about comfy floor seating if he likes to play video games with his friends.
Last but not least, although the re-decoration process can be a stressful one, it should always also be a fun one, think of it as a good opportunity to bond with your pre-teen and enjoy it! After all, their growing up fast!