When we think about creating great spaces at home would we ever think of the workplace as a starting point for planning or inspiration?

 

There is a whole industry out there devoted to creating fantastic working environments that support people to be the best they can be. Spaces with different settings that inspire and motivate, are efficient, support functions and activities, encourage social interaction...

 

So why not apply that thinking to a home setting? And what if we use this creative thinking and planning for our children’s bedrooms?

 

There is a tendency to go straight to product selection. It saves time, is easy, there are lots of ranges out there to get excited about. But what if we gave it a bit more thought? What if we really considered the relationship between our children’s behaviour and the environment they’re spending time in?

 

At HUDEL LIVING we try to help our customers get the best from their investment. With specialism in workplace consulting our design studio can help guide customers who want their spaces truly personalised.

 

Here are some tips that may help in your planning before pressing the ‘buy it now’ button.

 

1. Prepare a list of ‘issues’

 

Get them all down. It might be helpful to split into categories, for example:

Product/furniture issues - outgrown, outdated or broken.

People issues - growing up, another occupant, changing interests.

Design issues - poor layout, outdated themes, lack of storage.

 

2. Prioritise the activities the space needs to support

 

A space for sleep (obviously), storage, learning, relaxation, personal interests, socialising etc. Work through each of these to understand priorities and where comprises could be made.

 

3. Let personality shine through

 

 

We often go straight to a theme or specific interest when we think personalisation. Or it’s seen as part of the finishing touches. But what if we applied some of the workplace thinking and looked at our children’s behaviour types from the very start?

 

Introvert or extroverted? Feeling or thinking? Fiery red, cool blue, sunshine yellow or earth green?

 

Creating an environment which supports a child’s behaviour preference can be really impactful.

 

4. What flexibility is needed?

 

Are you looking to the future? Does the layout need to be flexible to allow for different activities. Does the product need to be able to grow with your child? Do you want your child to be able to customise the space and products to suit their needs and interests?

 

Flexibility can often be overlooked either because standard products do not allow or custom products are expensive. But if you can build this into the initial thinking there may be a way of customising layouts and products which support future changes.

 

5. Don’t forget the accessories.

 

 

 

Technology, equipment and materials. Personal items. Soft furnishings. Decoration. Pictures and posters.

List them at the start so they can be planned into layouts and product selection.

 

If you’ve got a project you need a hand with then please get in touch.