Spring and summer are particularly busy times for us, here at Apropos. With the prospect of fairer weather, home owners feel inspired to take the plunge and add that long-wished for extra room. They sit with our design team and talk of the perfect conservatory, or the dream kitchen-diner, the orangery that will bring the family together and create the ideal space for everyone to relax in. They have mental pictures of serenity, or fun, or purely improved practicality and they think of absolutely every aspect, including how much the kids will enjoy this soon-to-be amazing new space. The one thing they often forget to do, however, is actually talk to their children and find out what they might like from this wondrous new room.
Whether you’re working on an existing space or starting from scratch with a completely new [hopefully glazed] extension [from Apropos!], a summer design project can become a lot less stressful and a lot more fun when the whole family is involved. Not only will you be reducing the mutual frustration caused by trying to occupy your children elsewhere, you’ll be helping your kids to learn practical skills, giving them confidence that their opinions count, and encouraging them to take ownership, pride and responsibility in their home.
Added to that, you gain the benefit of a new perspective. You can find immeasurable inspiration and limitless creativity in the depths of young imaginations. Bringing a new pair of eyes to any project can be useful if you’re feeling stuck, and a child’s eye-view of the world is always fascinating.
Tips to Bring Children into Interior Design
- Don’t ask open questions. Personal taste is developed at a young age, but while they know what they like, littlies can be overwhelmed by possibilities. Rather than ask ‘what colour would you like to paint this room’, present them with swatches and ask them to pick their favourite.
- A picture paints a thousand words, so rather than relying on verbal descriptions, ask school-aged children to draw a picture of how they would like the space to be. You can pick your favourite aspects and together work out how to incorporate them into your design.
- It’s particularly important for older children and teens to feel that their opinion is valued. Show your respect by giving them responsibility and a budget to take care of one part of the design. Use the opportunity to rediscover their tastes and to share your thoughts with them.
- If you’re doing the decorating yourself, older children can provide a much-needed extra pair of hands, particularly when tackling low and awkward places that adult backs, or knees, might struggle to reach. Smaller children can be involved in accessorising; drawing ‘special’ pictures to match the colour scheme, helping with stencils, or repainting furniture.
Redecorating a home can be stressful, but it can also be fun. If you involve your children and work with them, you can turn a potentially difficult experience into a bonding exercise that will be of benefit to all concerned.
If a project for you and the kids sounds like just the thing for your summer holidays get in touch today via; 0161 342 206 or request a design consultation here.