With a good night sleep, parents are better able to function, handle their emotions, concentrate fully, and get through each day with little struggle. Like adults, it is important for children to get a good nights sleep. One of the best ways to ensure this happens regularly is to create a room that is comfortable and free of distractions. By incorporating appropriate colors and budget-friendly finds, you can transform your child’s room into a sleep haven in no time.
Choose Colors That Influence The Mood
Color is an extremely important part of creating a sleep haven for your child. A color itself has the ability to influence mood far greater than any other aspect of a space. Studies show that different colors have the ability to inspire learning, calm temper tantrums, help to heal, and can even increase excitement. The impact color has on a person is true, even for small children who are often more sensitive to the impacts colors have.
The color orange is an excellent choice for inspiring communication and cooperation, fairing as a warm and friendly color. This color is largely underused but does great for creating calmness in a space. Yellows, greens, and blues all have soothing and calming effects on children and they are even known to alleviate anxiety and aggression. Purples and pinks, which are often associated with girls, and also excellent for inspiring sensitivity and compassion, but should be used in light tones in order to calm your child. Warm and cool colors, like browns, tans, grays, and white work excellent for calming children, creating an excellent sleep environment that is comfortable and relaxing.
Avoid painting walls or incorporating the color red in large areas of a bedroom. This color is known to energize the body, increase the heart rate, and breathing. An overexposure to this color is also known to increase aggressive behavior and limit a child’s ability to focus. Although it can be used in small doses as an accent, this is not a color you want to have in the room of a child.
Choosing a paint that is safe is also extremely important. Paints that contain Low to no VOCs ensure the air is clean. These paints generally contain little to no odor, so your child won’t be disturbed by any strong and lingering smells in their space.
Consider Your Options for Lighting
Incorporating light that inspires tranquility and relaxation is especially important for a sleep haven. Although it is important to let as much natural sunlight into a room as possible during the day, it is equally important to ensure there is adequate and reliable lighting in the space at other times. The light should encourage rest and quietness, providing a smooth transition from day to night. Dimmer switches are an excellent way to provide light without going overboard.
First and foremost, choose lighting that is safe for the space. The light should be well out of reach for small children. Wall mounted lights should be high enough that children cannot reach them in order to prevent burns to hands, face, and other parts of the body. Dress up lamps with lampshades you and your child decorate together. There are also fairy lights, circle lampshades, and other fun options that can be incorporated into the space without causing too much of a distraction.
Consider the use of LED bulbs in child spaces as they typically remain at room temperature during use. Christmas light strings are another excellent way to light a space from a calming yet satisfying source.
Create a Distraction Free Zone
Another sure way to create a sleep haven for your child is to remove distractions from the space. Keep toys, clothing, and books in cupboards, boxes, closets, and baskets that are out of sight. Having these objects laying around through the room can cause overstimulation, thus eliminating the urge to fall asleep soundly. If possible, keep toys in a separate space, like a playroom, to ensure your child does not have the urge to get up out of bed to play.
If you are pressed for space, there are several stylish organizers that you can create that are budget-friendly and serve as excellent tools for storing away items during naptime. The best thing about DIY storage solutions is that they not only store items out of sight, but they are stylish in themselves, doubling as a decorative accent for the room.
In addition to ways demonstrated above, some additional things you can do to improve the sleep quality in your child’s room are by bringing the outside in. Add natural elements to the space – like colors, sounds, textures, and scents. Limit stimulation in the room by eliminating unnecessary items. Make the space cozy by arranging furniture in a way that creates a distinct zone for each purpose of the room. Play toys should be separate from sleep areas, study tools should be away from toys, and so forth.
Incorporating each of these ideas provided into your child’s space will have you well on the way of creating a calm area for your child. By adding calming colors and natural elements to your child’s room, incorporating appropriate lighting, and eliminating clutter and distractions, you can transform your child’s room into a sleep haven overnight. A cozy and cluttery free space will ensure your little one has many sleep-filled nights well into the future.