As Charlotte Moss said many years ago, an empty room is a story waiting to be told, and you’re the author. It’s why we decorate, furnish, and accessorize our homes.
So, if you’re wondering whether you should decorate the kid’s room, you can already guess the answer. Yes, you should decorate your kid’s room. If you don’t decorate, the story is incomplete. Let’s look at some of the reasons why you should decorate your child’s room.
1. Give your kid a personal style
Kids, like adults, have style preferences. Although they have wilder imaginations, they always have a few things they love more than others. For instance, some kids want to become astronauts from the moment they’re born. You’ll know so because they are constantly watching space exploration videos and take a keen interest in astronaut magazines.
Meanwhile, others want to be doctors so much they will find any reason to visit the hospital. They constantly speak about the doctors in your family and never miss shows with medical themes.
Designing their room in a way that captures these fantasies and imaginations is an excellent way to encourage the little prince or princess to pursue their interests. It offers them the opportunity to choose furniture, bedding, and wall colors that inspire them to stick to the journey. Decoration also affords you the opportunity to provide the little one with shelves to display their favorite things.
In the end, you’re able to create a space that the kid feels meets their personal tastes – a place they feel they own. This can be very important for their development.
2. It fosters responsibility from a young age
We all want to see our kids grow into responsible, independent adults. You want the young one to grow into an accountable adult who knows the importance of organizing spaces and keeping their home tidy and welcoming. You also want them to grow into adults who understand their duties and what’s required of them.
Raising such a kid requires that you begin training them from a young age. They need to learn the importance of sorting items and storing away things they don’t need. For instance, they must understand the need to store their books on designated shelves from a young age, ideally in a logical manner. You also want them to know from early on that they must take good care of books.
The same applies to clothes, toys, and other belongings. You want to raise a boy or girl responsible enough to take good care of these items.
Decorating their room and having them take part in the process offers an opportunity to instill these skills.
3. Boosts learning and mental development
Aside from helping you raise a more responsible, more organized adult, decorating your kid’s room directly impacts the young one’s learning and mental development. Scientific studies show that a well-thought kids room that keeps in mind the young one’s likes and dislikes helps overall development.
For instance, maintaining an organized kid’s room boosts the child’s vision. It helps them differentiate colors and learn more about the different things in their environment. In toddlers, they can learn about different animals and professions faster just by looking at paintings and pictures.
Decorating your kid’s room also instills positive values. For instance, having a nautical or sea theme in their room can provide an opportunity to remind them of the importance of large water bodies. Wallpapers and artwork can also help them understand the need to preserve the environment.
Above all, the different pictures, framed or not, help kids develop respect for people in their circles. For example, a framed picture of firemen will make them respect them more, just as notes from their teachers will make them respect teachers more.
4. Help them make friends
Children need friends. Whether at home or in school, they depend on friends to play and do homework. Without friends, the kid’s growth is negatively impacted.
Decorating your kid’s room can be a great way to bring more friends into their lives. Why? Because the term “friends” loosely translates to a group of people who love the same things. Therefore, by designing the kid’s room to a certain theme, you’re helping them attract other kids who share in the same fantasies.
For example, kids who love superheroes will often be found together. Others will be batman, others superman, and so forth. But they often come together to play different roles.
If you want to keep the friends coming back, designing the kid’s room to capture the young one and their friend’s shared fantasies is one of the first steps.
Although you can decorate the kid’s room yourself, the best idea is to involve the young one in the decoration.