Colour & light is child’s play
Some ideas from Bharat Gandhi on creating a lively ambience in your kid’s room
Try not to impose your own tastes and ideas on your kids room. Let the child create his own fantasy environment. Many kids have strong ideas about their living spaces, and allowing them to decorate or choose their own themes will make them more cheerful when they are in the room.
You can start with plain bright colours as a background, and then allow them to add cutouts of cartoons or cars or heroes’ posters, sports posters and even school / college timetables. All these can be stuck on the walls with double-sided tape so that they can be replaced at will, as tastes and obsessions mutate.
Using red and / or yellow as the background colour can make your kid lively, as these colours are good stimulators.
The furniture in the room has to be practical and adaptable, so that it sees a child through more than one stage of development. Teens would love to have lots of area covered with mirrors, music should always be a major component of the room, and space for friends could make them more social.
The best part of decorating your kid’s room is that old unused furniture like discarded units from the master bedroom or the overhead storage units from a kitchen can be painted bright and used in this room as storage units. The spaces between the units can have wooden shelves to keep books and toys.
The bed needs to be strong enough to withstand leaping and bouncing. A metal or wood bunk bed would be a space saver – leaving more open space on the floor – if more than one kid is going to use the room. Just ensure that the upper bed has railings to prevent the kid from rolling off in his sleep! If your kids refuse to use a bunk bed, try to fold away bed underneath a single bed, which can be pulled out at night to accommodate a second child or a friend.
Try using roman curtains on the windows, which can be pulled up at study time for extra light. Besides, a brightly lit room will always make a kid livelier. And do ensure that all the windows of your childs room are well protected with grills.
Kids love to be one-up on their friends. And you can help them achieve this by giving them something in their room that others don’t have! It could be a 3-D effect using painted stars on a dark ceiling, or even hanging mobiles, aeroplanes or spaceships.
For your own peace of mind, make sure kids room is properly sound-insulated; or the techno, house and rock may rive you batty!
The fan for your room
Style file / Bharat Gandhi
A ceiling fan can add a distinctive accent to a room as well as provide a cooling breeze and help distribute heat more evenly. Yes, a fan does not cool; it only distributes available air. This helps perspiration dry, making you feel cooler.
Here are some points to keep in mind when buying a ceiling fan:
The most important elements of a fan are the motor and bearings. Look for a high quality manufacturer and check that the motor has quiet, smooth operation. Never insist on ultra fancy fans as the frills may put extra load on the motor and bearings, reducing their lifespan.
Choose a blade size that corresponds to he room’s size. A 24-inch fan would be appropriate for small and narrow rooms and passages; however, due to very high-RPM motor, they are very noisy. A 36-inch fan is appropriate for a room of approximately 120 square feet; and 48- to 52 inch fan for 250 to 300 square feet. A room larger than 350 square feet might require two fans for adequate comfort.
A fan should hang no lower than 7 feet (2 metres) from the floor. Measure ceiling height to determine the right extension-rod length.
Make sure the blades are perfectly balanced and equally angled so that the unit will not wobble when rotating.
Many fans are available with wall controls (regulators) that require only the standard lighting wiring.