How should you decorate your child's room?

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There is a lot of research over how you should decorate your child’s room, from the colour of the walls to the furniture in the room itself.

Literature such as Decorating Kids' Rooms: Nurseries to Teen Retreats (Better Homes & Gardens) in the Better Homes and Garden books and Ideas for Great Kids' Rooms by Jane Horn which dedicate themselves to uncovering the best living space for your child, all demonstrate how interior design covers all areas of the home.

Are there, however particular rules or designs best suited for different children and should rooms be designed according to gender or personality?

How important actually is it to focus on your child’s interior environment?

Speaking with psychologist Ms Emma Karitu we are able to unpack some questions about children and their well- being with regard to rooms.

Ms Karitu says that paying attention to children and the colours they choose is tantamount to understanding their emotional well-being.

“Kids communicate using colours…even in therapy we give them colour pencils to draw.”

She says that colours are often reflective of their emotional state, with colours such as yellow showing enthusiasm and joy, whereas colours such as purple often indicate a sense of loneliness or depression.

Ms Karitu also mentions that creating ‘gendered’ rooms is not so important (i.e. pink for girls and blue for boys)

She says: “That is something that someone decided”.

She suggests that gendered rooms are of social construction, and perhaps do not hold as much value as we believe in regards to the impact on a child’s upbringing.

Ms Karitu also mentions that bright colours are good stimulators for children, and whilst they may not need to be gender based, children can benefit from having lively colours in their room.

She concludes by saying that including children in the discussion of their room is important in building a relationship between you and your child, however it is also important to provide guidance especially to younger children on how the room can be decorated.

Rooms provide a source of safety and comfort, and in considering both your own and your child’s needs, it can serve to meet in the middle somewhere.

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