Whatever happened to fun, colourful kids' rooms?

Kids love colour, although you may not be able to go to this extreme - the fabulous Calvin and Hobbs bedroom is by Katri ...
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Kids love colour, although you may not be able to go to this extreme - the fabulous Calvin and Hobbs bedroom is by Katri Nurmela.

OPINION: Check out the trendy blogger sites for kids' rooms and you will see there's a quiet revolution under way.

In fact, it's so quiet you might miss it altogether – the room that is. 

Gone are the days when children got to play and sleep and in a room filled with colourful furnishings – for my kids it was bright green, blue and white hippopotamus curtains, a gleaming navy blue cot, and lots of gold and pops of red. It was a room that lit up the eyes of every little person who came over to play.

No, that's not what you do today. Now, it's all about the palest of pastels, preferably soft salmon pink, loads of grey and tiny tweaks of darker charcoal if you really must. Oh, and the cot is white or pale Scandi timber. That goes without saying.

This is what hipster parents of 'cool kids' aspire to today - three colours max and they are probably grey-beige, salmon ...
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This is what hipster parents of 'cool kids' aspire to today - three colours max and they are probably grey-beige, salmon and white.

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The five nurseries featured in this Homed story are all beautiful. But they also share a common palette and design aesthetic.

God forbid that someone should walk into the room wearing red, yellow or blue. Or give the child a colourful plastic toy for their birthday.

Why do we do this? Why do we subject our children to decor trends in their own personal space? I don't think it's about not wanting to over stimulate the tots before bedtime. That excuse simply doesn't wash.

It's more about being seen to be on-trend. But who really matters here? Not the parents, surely. Shouldn't it be about what's best for the children?

Parents all know young children respond to colour. With babies, black and white makes the strongest impact, which is why panda toys are always winners.

With older babies and young ones, colour grabs their attention. Give a child an unpainted wooden truck and a similar brightly coloured one and see which toy gets picked up. It won't be the unpainted wood one – grandparents take note.

And one can only imagine the mad scamble going on behind the scenes to keep these "decor" nurseries looking photo-ready at all times.

Perhaps it's time to relax a little. Colour is a part of our lives and we should celebrate it. Let's not dull our kids' imaginations before they've even had a chance to develop.

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Let them be creative; pin up their splashy paintings; let them spread their books all over the floor; give them a colourful duvet, and let them explore the entire spectrum of the rainbow. You won't regret it.

Have you got a fantastic or interesting house you'd like to show others? Let us know about it. Send your story, photos or video homed@fairfaxmedia.co.nz

 - Stuff

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