Choosing Themes

Choosing themes for nurseries and childrens’ rooms is a simple process that can start by simply observing the space to be decorated. Usually when decorating; regardless of the purpose of the room, the space provided will either dictate or shape the overall idea because the size of the space will help determine appropriate themes.

This is mainly because the colors used will be chosen to compliment the selected theme(s). Some colors (especially dark ones) tend to make rooms look smaller while some bright and airy colors can open up a space or room creating the effect that it is larger that its actual size. Themes that facilitate the latter are highly recommended for small rooms.

Factors to Consider when Choosing Themes

The position of the room, number of windows and availability of natural light can help decide the best themes. Sky and garden themes may brighten a room that gets a small amount of natural light during the day due to where it is located on the house (away from direct sunlight) or if adding additional windows is not an option.

Age appropriateness will also determine themes. A five year old may have already decided on a favorite cartoon or story character that can be used as a focal point for the décor. On the other hand, a child that has outgrown this may require something else. For nurseries, if the child’s gender is already known then this can help. There are many traditional themes that are reserved for each. Use neutral colors and themes if the sex is left unknown until birth or decorating could be deferred until then where possible.

For older children, personalities can be taken into consideration if a distinct one has already developed. Not all females like ‘girly’ themes and some children may have sport stars or other heroes that they may like to be added to the idea. Where possible, allow children an input since ultimately this is their space and they will be the ones ‘stuck’ with it. All final decisions rest with you but at least they will be more likely to love and appreciate the room if they have the satisfaction of contributing to the job.

For those who have not yet developed their own personalities, this may be the perfect time to introduce interests. Themes that portray artistic inclination, athletics or literary interests and nature themes are examples. The idea is not to force professions on them but to introduce them to activities. If this avenue is chosen, choosing themes that include your own interest is a good idea. The main benefits of this is that traces of you will always surround your infant or child even if you are not physically there with him or her.

There are many other things that can help when choosing themes. If it proves too difficult to decide on one simply by thinking about it, try putting it on paper, drawn up plans (whether or not they look professional) can help. Failing this, look at rooms already decorated; families, friends or models at stores, in magazines or on the internet can help.