Interior Design to Enthuse Young Minds
Spending a small fortune on toys, arts and crafts and other educational aids to provide a stimulating environment for young children is an avenue of parenthood that many mums and dads choose to go down. Home décor is often conducive with the adult-aspirations, tastes and preferences, with child-orientated décor confined to nurseries and the kids’ bedrooms. Nurturing an environment that encourages creativity can prove invaluable in inspiring young minds – so why should it be confined to such a small proportion of the home décor?
Whilst you may be reluctant to encase the living room in jungle animal wallpaper or paint moons and stars on the kitchen ceiling, weaving a bright, artistic and creative thread through the whole of a home’s interior will go a long way in nurturing the artistic side in young minds.
Take a look at the following home décor steps to enthuse the minds of our little ones.
Hang child’s pictures throughout the home
When your child paints their first painting, you can almost guarantee that you’ll be brimming with pride and joy. Placing these ingenious creations in a frame on the walls of the living room, dining area, kitchen, or any room for that matter will give the area an instant creative lift, be stimulating for a child, not to mention make you beam with satisfaction every time you look at it. What’s more, a child’s painting can often have an uncanny resemblance to a Monet or Cezanne classic, so wouldn’t necessarily look out of place in a living room or other ‘adult’ areas.
Colours for learning
Our universe is an exciting myriad of colour and the innumerable tones and shades can affect our mind and body through the different stages of life. More than a century ago, the forward-thinking educationalist, Rudolph Steiner claimed that being surrounded by particular colours had spiritual influence and brought metal well-being to people. The colour orange is believed to stimulate mental activity by increasing the supply of oxygen to the brain. As well as making both adults and children feel more invigorated and able to get things done, orange stimulates creativity, particularly within younger minds which can be more greatly influenced by their visual surroundings. Yellows and reds can also be mentally invigorating, increase concentration and promote creativity. While it wouldn’t be a good idea to go overboard with such bright and gaudy colours, use them subtly and in smaller doses. Contrasting tones of orange, red and yellow with darker or more neutral colours works well stylistically and means that children can be mentally-stimulated without the room looking unsophisticated or childlike.
Abstract murals combine a number of simple geometric shapes and a rush of different colours. These often intangible and theoretical paintings will breathe personality into a room, creating intrigue, talking points and letting a child’s imagination run wild. Using bright colours, strong lines and geometric shapes, abstract artists freely express their ideas in a mural. When such friezes are made part of a home décor, children, and adults to a degree, will use their creativeness to place their own associations and concepts on the piece of art.
From a seascape-inspired mural in the bathroom, to an arithmetic-inspired, black and white wall painting in a dining room, as well as being visually stimulating, murals look great in practically any room. Given their diversity, if your interior design project comes with aspirations to enthuse young minds, then be sure to make a mural or two an inherent characteristic of the design.