To make the right choices and avoid certain errors in the layout of a baby's or child's room, it is better to have a few main principles in mind. Overview of essential rules.
1 - A practical, healthy and safe room
Convenience and safety must take precedence over aesthetics. The watchwords of the layout of a baby's room must be: - solidity: all the furniture must be of any kind of resistance. - washability: floors, paint, carpets, curtains, cushions, furniture, toys ... everything must be washable. - rationality: think "practical" before thinking of design, whatever the piece of furniture or accessory to buy. - safety: potential dangers must be anticipated, bearing in mind that the child will walk, grow up… - health: from floor to ceiling, it is better to favor the healthiest solutions (solid furniture, paints without solvents…)
2 - A scalable room
Unlike other rooms in the house, the child's bedroom will have to evolve quickly to adapt to the needs of the growing child: play mat, toys, activity table, small desk, etc. So avoid cluttering the space. At first, the baby's room is only used for sleeping. Keep free space on the floor to allow him to crawl, and free space on the walls to install future storage. Be creative, but not too much, at the risk of getting bored and of your child when he grows up. Think of evolving furniture: bed that follows the child's growth, changing table that turns into a desk or storage, desk with adjustable feet… Weigh the pros and cons because evolving furniture is often more expensive.
3 - A multifunction room
A child's bedroom is often a space for many activities: sleeping, breastfeeding, changing, playing, studying, receiving friends… Think of all this by installing a night light for sleep, an armchair to comfortably bottle feed, possibly a space change, a play area…
4 - A Zen room
Even if the room is used for many activities, it must remain a serene and reassuring space, where the child can fall asleep calmly. Whether you believe it or not, feng shui can provide you with good ideas for space planning. And perhaps, moreover, there will emerge positive waves. Some examples: the bed must be installed perpendicular to a wall and the door must be in the child's field of vision. Avoid placing a table or desk between the door and the window. Avoid very tall cupboards and mezzanines too close to the ceiling. Prefer furniture with rounded angles. Separate or delimit the activity spaces. Avoid electronic toys in the bedroom at night. Favor soft and calm shades and use bright colors in touches.
5 - A cheerful bedroom
To be cheerful, a room must be colored. A white room will certainly be soothing but will lack charm for the child. Blue is a zen and fresh color. Pink is a classic that comes in a multitude of shades that blend very well with each other. Purple has soothing properties. Green can be soft or bright and is suitable for both girls and boys. Whatever color you choose, avoid the total look and don't use more than three bright colors in the same room.
6 - Beware of thematic rooms
A theme spread throughout the room can be quite charming ... at first. Children love it, but only for a while. A child grows quickly and their tastes change as quickly. So think carefully before. And if your child is old enough, discuss with him the universe he would like to create. Think of the stickers, which are easy to put on and take off. And always leave a free space so that the child can express his creativity. To know more :
"Fitting out your baby's room is smart" Alex Lefief-Delcourt, Editions Leduc.s