Grounding, Soothing Colors and Themes
For some time now, it has been the style to make a kid’s bedroom feel like a carnival ride or an explosion of Saturday morning cartoons. The problem with this, of course, is that while these types of decors are conducive to playing, they are not conducive to restful sleep. And since restful sleep nourishes every aspect of a child’s health and overall well being, this is a challenge for a whole number of reasons. What’s more, if a child is of school age, he or she will not be likely to have an easy time studying in a room like this either.
I’m not saying a room has to be no fun, I’m just saying maybe tone down the super bright, primary colors and replace them with predominantly warm fleshy and earthy tones, perhaps accented with some more muted jewel tones. And, when choosing themes maybe go for something a little cozier and mellow – such as teddy bears, turtles, boats, flowers, or trees – rather than active choices such as loud vehicles, action characters, or pop stars. (Of course, it’s good to give kids some freedom with their choices if they are old enough, but maybe just step in and help establish a nourishing balance of active and grounding.)
Clutter in bedrooms can make it difficult to sleep and focus, since on some level, our awareness takes note of everything in our environment. And I know that clutter seems to accumulate around children at least twice as fast as around the average adult – which is why it’s especially important to clear out the old as often as possible. Since some degree of clutter in kid’s bedrooms is all but inevitable (let’s face it), it’s also a good idea to choose things like cupboards, chests, and drawers rather then shelves so that you can hide all the little doo-dads and create a more relaxing, centering vibe. Or, if you already have shelves, you might consider curtaining them.
Distinct Study Area
When a bedroom doubles as a study area, it can be helpful to set up the study area in such a way so that the child isn’t gazing toward her toys or her bed as she tries to study. This is because gazing in either direction will siphon off some of her mind’s ability to focus on her studies: the former will remind her of play, and the latter will remind her of sleep. So, while in many cases (i.e. adults’ office areas), facing desks toward the wall is not ideal, in kid’s rooms, it can often be the best option.