By Wolf & Hare – www.wolfeandhare.co.za
One of the biggest challenges when decorating a child’s bedroom, is that their needs and tastes change with age. For example, a small child needs to be taken on a creative journey in their bedroom whilst a teenager needs privacy and a space to study in peace. Spend the most money on the big items, like the bed and other pieces of furniture, and work creatively with the soft furnishings and other smaller items to change things up.
Amelia says, “You want to create a room where they can disappear into their own magical world. It should be a space they love spending time in because it is a special time that will not last forever! As they grow into teenagers, it is wise to provide a space where they can relax with their friends and feel they have some freedom in a safe place.”
Depending on the age and personality of your child, you should let them guide you when it comes to ideas for their bedroom. “Get your child involved in the process. It makes them feel empowered and will inspire their imagination. A child’s bedroom should be a space that will complement their unique personality,” she continues.
Bring in something special, like a night light to help them feel safe in the dark, or a comfortable chair to snuggle up on with a toy and a book.
“Don’t be afraid to have fun with cushions, wall colour, rugs and curtains, which you can change or swop around over time.”
The ‘Amelia Mariella children’s fabrics’ sold at Wolfe and Hare are used for cushions, upholstery, and curtains in children’s bedrooms. The fabrics were designed using the artwork of children from art classes run by Amelia over the years. These unique and beautiful art pieces were reimagined by Amelia, who turned them into designs of flowers and animals that are printed onto fabric.
There is a strong move towards ‘buy local’ due to the negative impact of COVID-19 on so many businesses. This is no different in the interiors industry, so source local toys and other items to spruce up your child’s room, whilst supporting local artisans.
“We are determined to help as many local businesses as possible by stocking their products. We sell an incredible range of children’s knitted toys made by a group of talented local women. We also have crocheted pouffes in funky colours, and rugs to brighten up a room and provide a warm, soft area for children to play on. We also have beautiful crochet baskets perfect for storing smaller items like Lego and toys,” she says.
Storage is one of the key elements in a child’s bedroom. It is important to have an organised space to work and play in.
“For little children, remember to have low shelving that they can get to. Under the bed pull-out storage is always handy. It is equally important for teenagers to have adequate storage, and a desk to feel organised whilst working.”
It is wonderful for children to be given an opportunity to express their personal style and put their own creative slant on their space according to their needs.