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How to make your child’s room cosy for Winter

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Cosy floor cushions, a fluffy rug and slippers within reach…

Here are some tips on creating that cosy oasis of calm in your child’s room ready for snuggling through the winter months!

 

Encourage that snuggly feeling

Layering soft furnishings in a reading nook and on the bed is a great way to soften a child’s room. Think beyond this by adding a fluffy, warm rug next to their bed for when they get out of bed first thing on a cold, dark winter’s morning. Think window seats lined with cosy cushions,  floor cushions, a lamb’s skin rug on a desk chair too soften it . The layering of texture is also a great sensory trigger for children and will help them relax and get the idea of calming down and cosying up.

 

Keep them Warm

Make sure duvet is the correct tog and that they are wearing the correct pjs and/or vest.

Make sure to use a tog rating suitable for the season, taking into account the warmth of your child’s bedroom. My son’s room is on the colder side and he runs hot generally so in the winter he sleeps in a vest, pjs and under a 13.5 tog duvet ( we have one that is made of a 9.0 and a 4.5 tog part so that you can use it all year round). Remember babies under 12 months should not be using a duvet. Over 12months they should use a 4.5 tog or less until pre school age when a cosy warm 10 – 13.5 tog can be used until the age of 10.

By the way I thought that I’d sneak in the “vest wearing” seems a little controversial and old school of me but vests really do help to keep anyone of any age warm. There is science backing me up here, by keep your core warm blood flows more freely to your extremities and keeps those warm too. So yes, in the winter (and spring and autumn if I’m honest) my 6 year old son wears a vest.

Cotton bedding could also be swapped for warmer brushed cotton sheets, cotton flannel or jersey knit.

Hang their dressing gown within reach for first thing in the morning and have slippers by their bed.

Consider hanging thicker curtains in a warm colour to keep out drafts, keep the heat in and make the room look warmer. My son has thermal blackout lined curtains all year round and they really do keep out a draft in the winter and keep the glare of the very early morning sun out in the summer.

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A warm cosy blanket and lots of cushions to enhance the feeling of cosy-ness.

Books

Well stocked book shelves will serve you well in the winter months especially. There’s nothing quite like snuggling up with a good book and this is an important thing to let your children appreciate. You can help them by making books and a cosy spot accessible to them and you never they may surprise you! I’ve frequently caught my then 5, now 6 year old reading to himself in bed first thing in the morning. I planted this notion in his head buy placing an Ikea spice rack made into a book shelf just over his bed which he can reach and choose his books from.

 

Have some Rainy Day Activities Ready

A stock of good indoor fun for rainy days is essential to keeping the little and not so little ones busy when the weather is just too grim. Admittedly we dress for the weather and get on with our plans regardless as we live in Edinburgh and we’d be housebound for the whole winter if we didn’t! But we also have science experiments, board games, marble runs, electricity sets, martian sand, digging for dinosaurs, junk modelling and all sorts at hand in a special shelf under the window in my little one’s room for that Sunday when you really just can’t face the weather.

 

Accent with Warm Colours

Accent with warm colours be it in the form of decorations or soft furnishings or seasonal artwork  this will jolly up the place during the darker winter months.

 

Lighting

Make sure you have adequate lighting for getting dressed in the morning and for story time at bedtime. A mixture of warm ambient lights and white task lighting will help banish the darkness and suit both morning and evening moods.

 

Scents

Try warming scents like cinnamon, orange, nutmeg and pine throughout the house to help get cosy for winter.

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I hope all these tips help you to make your child’s room cosy for winter so that you can enjoy the season together. I’d love to see how you’ve made your child’s room more cosy for winter and hear any thoughts, so please do comment.

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5 tips in Modern Kids Room Decor

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Scandi kids room with teepee.

I thought I’d give you a few tips on how to easily modernise your children’s room.

 

1- Start with White Walls

To achieve the bare scandi look, it’ll also help make the room look bigger. White provides a very clean backdrop for any colour you choose and works beautifully with wooden finishes.

 

2- Choose a Statement

This could be an amazing piece of furniture or bold colour or both. My son’s shelf of Ninjago Lego hits you as you walk in (not literally obviously as that would be very bad design indeed!) and provides a great statement of bold colours with an Asian theme. In the photo above the statement is the banana wallpaper and accents.

 

3-Curate Toys on Display

Let the items on display tell a story, this could be through a theme like action toys or a tea party or through a colour, like all red or rainbow coloured. Let your child help  in the decision and you will see a sense of pride blossom as they take pride in their belongings. My 6 year old Lego fiend only has Lego on display in his room, all built sets and mini figures, all his own creations are all on dedicated shelves. The rule is it can’t overspill once we have tidied up for the day. All his other toys are put away in their boxes and drawers ready to be played with. Above there is teddy having tea and a selection of wooden toys on display in the house shaped shelf.

 

4- Accent with Nature

Add varnished wood for that clean organised bringing-the-inside-in vibe. Add plants too to enhance this effect and to help your child connect with nature. Incidentally they can look after their plants and thereby gain a tad of responsibility and in turn the plants can help improve air quality which is especially important in towns and cities. Wooden toys are great for so many reasons but especially for that tactile quality. I=In the photo above you see banana leaves used as decoration.

 

5- Display Meaningful Art

Posters of your child’s favourite things or old family photos or your child’s masterpieces. Creating a memory wall of photos of friends and family you rarely see can also provoke thought in your child. Or even an ever changing memory board of photos from holidays or days out provide a lovely focal point and a great way to start conversations with your young child.

These tips should help you to create that Scandi feel and hopefully you will try them out and let me know how you get on!

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6 Easy Ways to add style to your child’s room

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As a former nursery practitioner and mum to a 6 year old I know a few tricks to keep the toys at bay and to make  your kids rooms more stylish. Believe it or not “a place for everything and everything in it’s place” really does help children to relax and grow more confident. Here are a few easy tips to help you to easily  inject some style into your child’s room. We shall keep tackling the clutter later….

 

1- Choose a palette

Deciding on a colour scheme can come from all sorts of inspiration, like your child’s favourite tv show or ice cream or an interest like space or horses. Choose a family of colours that go well together and a background colour and punchy highlight colour. Controversial as this may be I don’t hold with monochrome rooms for little ones, sure lead with black and white but add  punchy yellow or turquoise or orange accent.

 

2- Accents

Find or make accents in your chosen colour palette. These could include storage baskets, curtains, bed linens, toys… they will help to give your palette definition. They also make it easier to transform your room later (or even seasonally) by changing your soft furnishings.

 

3- Lighting

Often an afterthought, lighting is very important. Have a couple of different light sources in your child’s room for different moods and activities. Task lighting at a desk or bedside table,   night lights and main pendants all have a role to play in a child’s world too. remember to choose fittings that suit your feel and colour scheme for the room.

 

4- Plants

Bring the outside in. Children can benefit from plants in their rooms for so many reasons. They can help filter the air in a city environment, can encourage children to be responsible by looking after them and help keep children in touch with nature. Put plants at child height (from when your child is at least 3 years old) and up high to give them extra sensory stimulus from the touch and smell of house plants.

 

5- Displays of treasures/ vignettes

Get your child involved in displaying their treasures and favourite bits and bobs. This encourages their sense of self by providing physical reminders of past doings and helps them to forge connections with their surroundings while taking pride in their room. Help curate collections so that they don’t take over and try to suggest sorting using different criteria such as colour or a theme. But remember it is their room! In my son’s room he has an old printer’s tray which he uses to display all his Kinder Egg toys and anything special like rocks and shells he has collected. From time to time it does need a tidy but it generally survives as a rotating curation of what is special to him. I might even start taking regular photos of it to chart its evolution.

 

6-  Art

Kids aren’t too young for art on their walls. Together, you and your child could make some family art or choose a picture or design. I find that a little whimsy goes a long way for children’s bedroom art. I frame all my son’s certificates and display them along with a colour-in map of the world in which we follow his uncle’s travels.

So take another look at the photo above. Notice how the accent pieces tie the scheme together? How the art adds a touch of whimsy to the space? How wood is used throughout? How pink and yellow are featured in a black and white background scheme? How the plants are part of the room? How the lighting is industrial and coloured to fit the scheme? You can do this too. Hopefully you have gleaned a few easy tips for creating a stylish room for your children without spending too much time or money.