The choice of colors, textures, and distribution makes the Nordic children’s rooms much soberer, than the American ones.
Fortunately, in American decorations, the color and appearance of children’s bedrooms have changed, going from themes of exclusive blue for boys and pink for girls, to muted pastel colors and white. Brown, a color that is not common in children’s rooms. The truth is that an apartment with brown and tan contrasts in all rooms perfectly creates warm and very inviting atmospheres.
The rarer thing now is that in this kind of decorations we find blacks, or intense colors more designed for adults than for children, as we find in Nordic children’s bedrooms. The same as the colors happen with the furniture and toys, in the Nordic rooms, not all are new, nor are they bright colors, there is a lot of “recycling”.
A children’s room with a marvel of decoration and styling, makes you want to be a child again to enjoy it, because in addition to having everything a child would want, toys, stuffed animals, books, etc. They are full of very attractive textiles, ornaments, and furniture for children.
The starting point for decorating a children’s room in Nordic style is always to use neutrals. And it is basically so as not to turn the room into a meaningless hodgepodge of colors, since the clothes, toys, books, and other accessories that the little ones use are usually colorful and stimulating.
Children are constantly surrounded by color and sound stimuli and it is better to keep the place where they rest and play calm and without fanfare to enhance calm.
Forgetting pink for girls and blue for boys is also another premise of the Nordic style in children’s rooms, all colors belong to everyone, but what has been said, for neutral decoration, so that they do not grow up with that ridiculous division that tradition has put to these colors.
What are the keys then to decorate a Nordic children’s room? We have collected a few points below that summarize them:
1. Pleasant Dream of the Child
Having a decent deep rest in bed gives you the well-being and energy anyone needs when we wake up. Not only the cushions or the mattress give you the extra comfort you need, but the comforter too. When it comes to quilts one needs for everyday use, brown is my choice for quilts; it is a color that you can wear every day and it almost matches the theme of every bedroom.
2. Mix New and Antique Furniture
We do not know why in the children’s rooms everything has to be so new, nor so bright, even when it is beautiful to introduce an inherited chest of drawers, comfortable quilts or a reupholstered armchair from the grandmother’s house. The erroneous idea that everything has to be new, that the new is more hygienic or clinical as if children had to be in a bubble, adds that coldness and standardization to our decorations, instead of personality and warmth
3, Use Powdery and Neutral Colors
Neither do you have to rule out pink or blue, but you should use them correctly, in the right measure, and in the right tone. Not all pink rooms are cozy and pretty for being pink, there are actually horrifying bedrooms, which look more like the torture house from a horror movie, than a place where a girl or a boy should grow up.
Daring to use black and white, dusty tones, all neutrals, beiges, sands, grays is the best way to create a timeless bedroom and in which small modifications our children can grow, without the need to make very big changes in the different ones. Neutrals help to keep the atmosphere relaxed, rather than the vivid and intense colors that stimulate them.
4. Add Warmth and Softness with Textiles and Rugs
A children’s room, in addition to being pleasant and decorated with colors that calm our little ones, must be provided with soft textures and textiles that protect children, rugs, cushions, curtains, and bedspreads, they are necessary to protect them from cold floors, light excessively, cold, etc.
5. Include Neutral Exposure Toys
If something cannot be missing in a child’s room, it is toys. In the decoration, we can introduce the old ones we have or the new ones, depending on the color and shape, that fit with the rest. That is, everything that is part of the decoration must fit with it, the rest of the children’s toys, which are usually of intense and strong colors, to stimulate their senses, we will keep them in boxes, trunks, and storage places when they are not used, since otherwise they ‘dirty a lot’ the decoration.
6. Create Zones Based on Use
Finally, it is important to define areas in the room, the one for rest, with the crib or the bed, the one for games with a rug, the one for homework with a desk or a chair and a table, the one for the dressing room with a chest of drawers or a wardrobe, etc. For this we will help ourselves with furniture, accessories, and textiles, this division will teach the little ones while they grow, that things have their place and the different activities, their place.
7. White is the Protagonist
The white color is perfect to enhance natural light and give more space to the room, in addition to that, you will get an authentic Nordic children’s room. This color may be present in ceilings, walls, floors, furniture, and decorative accessories.
8. The Difference is in the Patterns
Prints are essential in children’s decorations, above all, because it creates a unique space full of creativity. They are highly versatile decorative elements and can be present in textiles such as cushions, curtains, and rugs with geometric motifs, animals, polka dots, stars, etc. But also, you can add them to the walls through vinyl or wallpaper.
9. The Search for Functionality
An important factor of any children’s decoration is that they are functional and simple. For this, the furniture will be made of wood, with straight and simple lines, as they provide warmth to the room.
10. Use Decorative Accessories
It is very common to use rugs and cushions with geometric shapes. But, the most trendy decorative objects are the decorative garlands that can be bright and the tepee that are the famous Indian booths.