Light-colored walls help small rooms look bigger.
Small spaces make some people -- including preschoolers and toddlers -- feel crowded and uncomfortable. Clutter also tends to make a room feel smaller because the eye cannot flow smoothly around the room without distractions. Clever moms avoid any superfluous brouhaha that makes their children feel frustrated or cranky. If the budget doesn’t allow for a larger home or costly renovations, you can make your tyke’s bedroom or play area feel bigger with a few decorating tricks.
1Paint the room in light, cool color tones to trick the eye. Think of water and ice when you are choosing the paint samples. Pick colors like lavender, mint green, baby blue or even off-white. These colors tend to make even a tiny room appear bigger. Once you narrow down the choice to two or three colors, ask your tot to pick which one she prefers. Giving her a limited choice of colors at home is a wise way to avoid a tantrum at the paint store.
2Increase the wattage of the light bulbs if the space is dimly lit. Brightly lit rooms tend to appear larger than dark spaces. If the ceiling fixture will not accommodate stronger wattage, add a couple of funky lamps to the decor. Solicit your child’s opinion when choosing the lampshades or choose ones that fit her personality and the theme of the area.
3Mount a tall, narrow mirror on its side on one wall to make it look longer. Hang the mirror so it is about eye level for your child. She will enjoy looking at herself and making amusing faces in it with her friends. Many children enjoy dancing and singing in front of mirrors as well. Another option is to use mirror tiles on one wall. This type of room décor visually enlarges the space, plus it multiplies the value of any light sources.
4Hang a square or rectangular mirror on the wall opposite a window. This creates the look of an additional window and visually opens up the tiny space.
5Invest in multipurpose furniture. A lightweight toy box with a lid can double as a place for your preschooler to sit. An old-fashioned school desk with a hinged top is charming decor for a country-themed playroom, but also provides storage for crayons and coloring books.
6Install shelves around the room that your child can reach easily. Once playtime is over, show her how to keep the room tidy by placing her stuffed animals or other toys on the shelves. This keeps them out of the middle of the floor and makes the area seem larger. Another option is to find a couple of large baskets to sit in the corners of the room. Help her put her small toys, like blocks or small stuffed animals, inside the baskets for safekeeping.
- Securely mount mirrors and shelves so that they are in no danger of falling or tipping over. Children are often rambunctious in their playrooms and bedrooms. They may run into or bump against them. Ensuring that the features are secure prevents injuries.
Things You'll Need
- Wall paint
- Light bulbs
- Tall, narrow mirror
- Mirrors or mirror tiles
- Multipurpose furniture
- Large baskets