The right accessories will not only grow with your child; they’ll also help your child to grow. A child’s room is a personal space, so reflect and encourage that personality while also encouraging the expansion of knowledge and interests.
An Art Display Gallery
Kids are prolific artists, so give them a place to display their favorites. Remember that a lot of these pieces are enormous, so a standard cork board may not be big enough. Strips of cork board are a better choice; stack them horizontally, with ample space between, to create a display wall. Another option: attach clothespins to a strip of plywood and hang it so your child can clip favorites with the pins. A magnetic board and colorful magnets are another option. An art gallery is both decorative and functional
Bring bold design into your child’s room with these colorful, graphic works of art. Easy to install, easy to change, inexpensive, and dramatic, they take up no space but make a tremendous impact. Install a large world map to encourage curiosity about the world, or post words of encouragement to remind kids of your family’s values. There are lots of great styles available to suit your tastes and your child’s interests, and they come in a range of colors and sizes, everything from mural sized to more discrete offerings. It’s the easiest way to change the look of a child’s room—again and again.
A Classic Bookcase
Encourage a love of reading early by storing books in your child’s space. Children’s books are oversized, so look for a bookcase with deep shelves that can be repositioned. A sturdy bookcase can also hold baskets for odds and ends, soccer trophies, and other decorative items that are special to your child. A bookcase is an investment that your child will never outgrow. It’s flexible storage space that will be equally useful when he or she moves into that first apartment.
In the digital age, teaching time on an analog clock is an uphill battle. Prepare your child by bringing an analog clock into his or her space. There are lots of choices that are both decorative and functional, but even a simple clock will do as long as it has easy-to-read numbers. Point out the time (“We’re off to bed; it’s 8 o’clock”) to pave the way to learning this important skill. If you know someone living in a different time zone, consider adding a second clock set to the time where they live.
Give your kids a radio or a CD player and encourage them to use it. Introduce them to the music of other cultures and other eras and help them to hear the beauty in each genre. Exposure to music expands brain capacity and enriches life. Help your child to appreciate our diverse world and all of its artistic expressions. Kids will still probably fall in love with the same music their peers like, but giving them early exposure to other music is still a great learning opportunity, for you and for them.
A child’s room should feel safe and comfortable, but it can also provide ways to promote adventure and big dreams. The right accessories can make all of the difference!
Alison Evans is a Home design writer, and manages Wallart2u.co.uk – an online retail store specializing in Art decals.