Designing your childrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s bedroom? Wondering how to combine attractive with practical, seeing that each stage of childhood comes with a whole host of different needs? Take our quiz and learn some great tips on the basic elements of design and how to create a unique and fun space for your kiddos.
What is a really important focus when designing a children's bedroom?
creating a sense of personal privacy for each child
ensuring there is maximum natural light
lots of storage area for their toys
Why are heavy window treatments not a good idea in a child's bedroom?
They collect dust and encourage children to hang off them.
They block sunlight.
They are too adult and austere for a child's room.
In a child's room, how should furniture be placed in relation to the doorway?
Do not place furniture near the door; swinging doors could damage or scratch the furniture.
Make sure there is a furniture-free pathway from the bed to the door.
The focal piece of furniture should be placed opposite the doorway.
What type of closet doors are best suited to a children's bedroom?
no doors, just a curtain on a rod
What is an inexpensive way to add color and pizzazz to a child's bedroom?
Paint the walls in vibrant colors.
Use a lot of washable fabric to make curtains, pillows, slip covers, bedding and fabric skirts.
Have a professional decorator select matching bedding and window treatments.
When converting an attic or basement into a playroom, what is the best color to paint the walls?
dark colors to hide dirt and fingerprints
bright colors to create a fun atmosphere
light, cool colors to make the room appear bigger and cooler
When converting an attic or basement into a playroom, what floor covering is recommended?
carpet, to protect the kids from bumps and bruises
vinyl tiles, to allow the easiest clean up from art projects and spills
wood, the most durable
What distinguishes an okay room from a wonderful room?
its color co-ordination
how child friendly it is
age and condition of the furniture
How can I know if an antique piece of furniture is painted with lead based paint?
You can't, so assume that it is.
Buy a swab testing kit from a home ware store.
Take it to a carpenter or home ware store and ask for their professional opinion.
What are the steps involved in refinishing a wood surface?
Strip it, prime it, apply two coats of paint, varnish.
Clean it, prime it, apply a coat of paint, varnish.
Clean it, strip off old paint, fill blemishes and holes with filler, prime it and apply two coats of paint.
What does an iron oxide primer do to a metal surface?
makes it easier for paint or other coatings to adhere to its surface.
What is the best type of paint to use when painting plastic?
oil based paint
latex (water) based paint
What is a great way to add some more personality to a room full of wooden furniture?
Paint the furniture in bold colors.
Add a piece of furniture, like a bed, chair, storage container, that is made from another material, like metal or wicker.
Varnish the furniture to a high gloss.
What is a good way to create a gender neutral color scheme?
Go for a nature inspired scheme.
Go for neutral colors like red, green and yellow.
You're unlikely to achieve it; boys and girls are distinctly different.
What is the essential first step when refinishing metal, wood or plastic furniture?