Maria Montessori was making a revolution around schools and kindergarten. She was lowering all furniture, especially tables and chairs, to the kids’ level. She wanted to bring the world closer to the children. That is what we need to focus on when we are designing a room for our small one. Not just bringing the world to the child, but creating his or her own world, with his or her imagination.
First of all, we need to know what we have:
- HOW BIG is the room
- where is the WINDOW and DOOR located, and the HEATING.
Then, we need to decide about the color, the floor, the furniture, and the lights, so it does not seem that we exerted minimal effort. The furnishing magazines give us ready-made kid’s room plans but most of the time, they do not fit our plans perfectly and could also be very expensive. But if we are creative, we can solve these questions too.
1. The room endowments
If you get a chance to choose, a kids room needs to be light, not too small, and definitely not a dark corner, and if possible, not close to the kitchen or the living room since they’re quite noisy. It’s also important to choose a good black-out system, which can be a good curtain or a shutter. Kid’s room needs to be well ventilated and well heated and the bed should be at least 1m = 3.28 feet away from the window and the heating. The floor can’t be cold stone. Floor mats are better but not the best, cleaning is circumstantial and also the best place for mites. Choose a good quality food floor, which is easily cleanable and can stand the strain, then put a few pieces of carpet for the playing area.
2. The wall and his color:
definitely don’t choose a dark color, try to avoid from shrill colors also, but any kind of pastel shade is possible, like: beige, lilac, light blue, light turquoise, rose, light pastel green, and yellow. Better to choose washable wall paint or wallpaper. We can put our framed pictures on the wall, or use special wall stickers to make the room look fun and more playful, or we can paint on the wall.
don’t choose too huge monumental pieces, this might frighten the kids, and they’re too heavy and not really useful in the kid’s room. Choose practical smaller pieces with open shelves. Kids need to see their games, since visual stimuli is good for their imagination, and they need to be reachable to them. Put the most important pieces close to the floor. Put the furniture around close to the wall; leave a place in the middle for the kids where they can play freely. Later, when they’ll need a writing desk, we can buy it earlier before they start their schooling. We can put it in the room, because they can draw or play on that desk from the age of 3 or earlier. Important: the writing desk must be on a bright place where there won’t be a shadow of themselves, and the height of the chair needs to be adjustable.
this is very important because a huge amount of toys will pester us after a while. Boxes, packing places under the bed, under the stairs (if we’ll build a gallery), can help the kids and us to keep their room clean and in order. Clothes also need to be in reachable places, so the kids can easily find and take whatever they want, or we can use it easily in the beginning.
5. Decoration, accessory:
it’s important to create a complex environment for the kids, where they can feel comfortable. Find consistency in colors, curtains, pillows, bedcovers, wall colors, and accessories. Style and harmony is very important from the beginning. And this is will help us when the kids are growing; we don’t need to change all the room furniture, just the colors and the accessories.
Finally, if our kids are already big enough, involve them in the planning and designing part. It’s their room after all.