This is how you turn the nursery into a creative study space

As children, many of us grew up in households where our parents forbade us to write on the walls. Scribbing on the walls is a child’s natural plunge into creativity and self-expression. And sometimes it’s not such a bad idea to let your kids enjoy some creative freedom.

The pandemic has forced people to stay at home. So, what better way to relax than doing some productive activities with kids? With schools now online, children have more time to spend at home. So you can give their rooms – and the walls – a makeover to make it a real study space.

Children’s rooms are a great opportunity to be adventurous, whether it be your choice of color, design or themes. You can also spend some quality time with the family on DIYs.

So give these simple ideas a shot.

1. Paints and Textures

Mixing colors, textures and patterns in your child’s bedroom is a great way to give the space some personality. This can also work to your advantage as you can work with products that fit within your budget. Rather than trying to perfectly match the different elements of the room, mixing and matching different textures and colors can actually make the room look spicier and more interesting. Opt for wall paints that are not just solid colors, but a mix of patterns, dots, flowers, drawings.

2. Wallpapers, posters, stickers

While most choose to paint their children’s walls, some prefer to use wallpaper or other wall decals and stickers. Cute animal patterns, cartoon themes and unique motifs suit the child’s personality well. If you prefer something subtle, opt for a fun, graphic print and make a statement on one wall while keeping the rest of the walls neutral. Kids also enjoy glow-in-the-dark paint features. These can be incorporated into the form of radium or glow stickers that get them excited to turn off the lights at night, instilling healthy sleep habits.

Use colors, accessories and wallpaper to give the nursery a new look. (Photo: Getty/Thinkstock)

3. Room decor, lighting, decor

If your budget doesn’t allow for elaborate makeovers, try to bring some fun with your own DIY projects. Teach your kids to turn empty glass bottles into works of art by covering them with beach sand or pebbles. Or help them create masterpieces by turning old glasses into candlesticks. Showing their works shows that you are proud of them. Combining personal elements, such as photos of their friends, family vacations and amateur artwork, creates a personal space in which your child will feel safe. Put a houseplant in the room; this will bring a dull space to life and teach them about plant care.

4. Shelves and Cabinets

One aspect of a room that is often overlooked is the storage compartment. This includes shelves, shelving, cabinets and cabinets. In addition to being functional, they can also serve as teaching aids. Fun-shaped shelves, cleverly designed storage that doubles as play props, and funky furniture will greatly enhance their cognitive skills, in addition to being fun elements. Use floor cushions to create a comfortable reading spot. (without them realizing it).

5. Recreate a Chalkboard Wall

Try recreating a classroom chalkboard by painting a wall with black matte or eggshell paint that is easily washable. Let this be their art center where they relax and scribble. The last thing a parent would want is for their child to be glued to their smartphones and laptops all day. Having such an angle can spark their imagination and encourage them to be more cognizant and playful.

(The writer is the president of Nippon Paint (India) Private Limited – Decorative Division)

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