Sunday, April 21, 2013

Sunday's Guest

Today, I'm hosting a guest who has lots of great ideas for decorating a child's bedroom. So join us for a cup of tea and let me introduce Sunday's guest and our topic:
5 Eco-Friendly Bedroom Ideas for Children 
This article is a sponsored guest post by Ruth Hinds on behalf of Tons of Tiles. ToT imports and supplies a wide range of quality floor tiles and wall tiles for bathrooms, kitchens, or any home improvement project.
If you’re a parent of a child with special needs, you’ll know just how important it is to create a bedroom space that’s both comfortable and stimulating. While the options here can be almost endless, it’s easy to draw a blank if you’re also trying to be conscious of the environment. With some careful planning and a bit of inspiration though, it’s certainly not impossible. 

Here are five eco-friendly bedroom ideas for children with special needs. 

Make a feature of natural lighting 

Natural lighting is much better for the mood than artificial lighting, and can do wonders for how children think and feel. Better still, you don’t even have to go out and buy something to make a feature out of it! Instead of covering windows up with curtains and blinds, go for something minimal so you let plenty of light in during the day. If you have a mirror in the room, make sure it’s ideally positioned for reflecting the natural light as much as possible. You could also save some cash on your next electricity bill with this approach! 

Create a mosaic wall with reclaimed tiles 

Feature walls can totally transform a room, and when carefully put together, can be a form of color therapy. A mosaic is a great idea here because it’s individual and you could even get children involved in the design process. Choose colors based on the mood that you’d like to create. Blue, for example, is known for promoting feelings of calmness and creativity. Look out for old porcelain tiles that could be smashed up to create an interesting pattern. 

Bring in some plants and flowers 

Nothing adds life to a room like plants and flowers. By heading to your local woods, you could pick up a range of items without spending a single penny. Alternatively, markets are great places to find pretty and colorful plants and flowers. You could also make this into an interesting project for children, by encouraging them to water and look after the plants. 

Add a creative nook where children can make their own items 

Encourage your child’s creative streak by giving them a dedicated space in which to make décor items for the room. This could be as simple as a table with painting materials, or something more complex if your child has a specific artistic interest. 

Make your own blankets and cushions 

Environmental factors can have a big impact on whether children get a good night’s sleep. To make the space that extra bit homely, consider making your own blankets and throws. You could knit, crochet, or patchwork the items, and you’ll only have to spend pennies. Head to your local haberdashery or charity shops to pick up all the essentials that you’ll need. 

As you can see, there are many ways to update bedroom décor for special needs children while also looking after the world around you. 

Have you decorated recently? Did you use any of these ideas, and were you happy with the results? 

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