Less is More: 7 Minimalist Designs for Your Kids’ Bedrooms

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Piles of toys on the floor, untidy sheets on the bed – does this sound like your kids’ bedrooms? Ask parents everywhere, and most of them would admit that their children’s bedrooms are a nightmare. What with all the clutter, it’s almost impossible to clean up the mess and put things back in order. Asking your kids to organize their toys after playtime sometimes works, but most of the time, you still end up doing the tidying yourself.

Good news to all the parents out there. You can now turn things around by applying a minimalist design to your kids’ bedrooms. It’s an efficient way to de-clutter the rooms and keep them clean and tidy. With a minimalist design, you can also impart to your children the value of living with less. They will understand at an early age that material possessions are not everything.

Without further ado, here are 7 minimalist designs to make your kids’ bedrooms look better.

An open space for them to play
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An ideal bedroom design to minimize clutter and still maximize space is the open space design, which leaves more floor area for your kids to play. Instead of filling your kids’ bedroom with toys and colorful displays, why not allot a space for them to do whatever they want? When you limit their toys, you expand their imagination. This is a scientific claim that was proven by Strick and Schubert in an experiment that they conducted to learn how kindergartners would respond when  toys are eliminated from the picture. The study found that when there is a lack of resources, kids are more likely to use their imaginations to invent new forms of entertainment. The participants ended up creating their own games and using available resources in their surroundings to have fun. Don’t give your kids everything – let them discover that the gift of imagination offers more interesting adventures than any doll or toy car can ever provide.

Have fun with colors
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Don’t think about crazy fun. Otherwise, you’d end up with a bedroom design that is the complete opposite of minimalism. Think about disciplined fun, or that kind of fun that is coupled with consciousness and awareness. When designing your kids’ bedrooms, you should keep in mind the different colors you use. Choose a monochromatic color palette that suits your taste and that of your kids. Add another color if you think the first one is lacking. Limit yourself to those two colors. You’ll be surprised at how they can add life and character to the room without making it look noisy.

Another reason why you should focus on colors when redesigning your kids’ bedrooms is that they can help improve your kids’ sleeping routines. As Suzy Chiazzari, a consultant at Color Therapy and Holistic Interior Design, said, “Your bedroom décor can certainly have an impact on the quality and quantity of your sleep per night.”

In a study conducted by Travelodge, it was found that blue is the most sleep-inducing color for the bedroom. It slows the heart rate and reduces blood pressure. As a result, people sleeping in a blue room get almost eight hours of sleep every night. Coming in second and third are yellow and green, respectively. Colors to avoid are purple, brown, and gray. Purple can stimulate thought, so it’s not ideal to use in the bedroom at all. To ensure that your kids get enough sleep, stick to blue.

Old toys and books as decorations
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Don’t worry about finding bedroom designs for sporty kids, music lovers or book enthusiasts. The room will mold itself after the owner – just give it time. You don’t have to buy new decor to adorn your kids’ bedrooms. For the room to become truly minimalist, you have to take away many elements, toys included. Leave behind only a few and use them to decorate the room. Pick a handful of toys that reflect your kids’ tastes and personalities, and put them on display together with some books and art pieces. With fewer toys and more books, your children will be more immersed to literature, which can stimulate their imagination and develop their creativity. You can also add musical instruments and sports equipment if those are what your kids prefer. What’s important is to cultivate an environment where your kids can naturally develop their skills.

Choose a focal point
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The focal point in a room refers to that one thing that commands the most attention. It can be a design element, an architectural feature or a piece of furniture that pulls the entire room together and influences the value of the other objects surrounding it. When designing your kids’ bedrooms, think of the focal point. Is it a stylish sofa bed, a decal on the wall, a huge stuffed toy? What is the first thing that a visitor would be drawn to when he or she steps into the bedroom? This is important because it can determine the mood and energy of a room. Make sure that the focal point on your kids’ bedrooms is neither too childish nor too formal. Balance design and functionality.

A place for everything
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When your children have a lot of stuff that they can’t seem to let go, consider looking for minimalist storage designs that will hide all the clutter and leave the most useful things in full view. If you can find a bed frame with drawers underneath, that would be superb. It won’t only be a space saver but also a cool innovation to make the kids’ bedrooms look more creative. If under-the-bed drawers are not possible, you can always buy containers for your kids’ toys and other stuff. Just make sure that they won’t pile up in one corner of the room.

Incorporate the walls in the design
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Gone are the days when walls are just passive spaces. Now, you can put stickers, removable decals, and artistic landscapes on the walls. Accent walls are versatile. You can add sporty bedroom designs or musical landscapes if you want. A superhero cityscape is also popular among kids today. Ultimately, it’s the kids who will decide what goes up on the walls. Encourage them to use their creativity.

Choose durable furniture
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Never trust cheap furniture. Even when you’re on a tight budget, don’t buy cheap furniture for your kids’ bedroom. It’s better to buy high-quality items on sale rather than poorly-made materials that can compromise your kids’ health and comfort. Invest in good mattresses and beds that will make your kids feel cozier. Make sure that the foam in every pillow is soft and firm. Remember, going for a minimalist design doesn’t mean going for mediocrity. You’re cutting on the quantity, not the quality.

Choosing a minimalist design for your kids’ bedrooms will serve you better in the long haul. The less your kids have in their rooms, the better they can interact with one another and learn to develop their innate abilities. Give them less so they can have more.

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Patricia Evans is an Interior Designer, Residential Designer, Art Crafter, DIYer and a full time mother. She writes about interior decorating, she loves working with shapes, shades and spaces. She is also into green and simple living, she loves cooking and having tea. You can know more about her by following her on Twitter @patevans016.

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