“Imagination is more important than knowledge”
In this edition we take an in depth look at Art & Interior Design – and how these 2 elements can work together in creating the optimal environment to nurture young creative minds.
Kids love art, craft and colour. Artistic activities help kids learn about the world and promote visual, motor and social development. Art can be also be an incredible communication tool for kids, helping us to understand them during difficult times. A pretty handy tactic if your family has been experiencing a rough Covid related year.
Research has shown that a well thought out interior can increase personal efficiency, improve mood, and develop talents. All the elements used in interior design – shapes, lines, colours, sounds, textures, images and symbols – have a psychological effect on kids’ personalities and mood. With some planning, you can even affect visual, auditory, perceptible and olfactory sensations which all strengthen cognitive development.
Keep Interiors Simple
Rule No.1 is to keep things clean and simple. Kids need a home environment with just the right amount of stimuli to kick off healthy and creative thinking. In a world of sensory overload (thanks to internet, TV, digital games and the many forms of advertising), it’s important to keep their spaces a sanctuary for cultivating a love for art and creativity.
Designers use light colours for kids’ rooms that can create happy and calm environments. This is because kids need to be given the chance to relax, grow, play and entertain themselves.
Prioritise light colours and natural light.
Focus on furniture with a small footprint to create empty spaces for “relief”.
Use sleek multi purpose furniture to keep things flexible.
Avoid clutter - use imaginative storage containers and shelving.
How to Use Art
Go to town on an art piece – just keep it to one amazing feature! A piece of art should be a focal point and add interest without overwhelming a space. Make sure the artwork is hung with plenty of natural light and at little people’s eye level so that kids can interact with them.
Art is more than just 2D pictures. Think about the many 3D forms - sculpture, a hanging mobile, or even a lampshade! These smaller pieces shouldn’t compete for attention, but add to the sensory experience.
Rotate Feature Art Works
Artworks can be found in many mediums – photography, prints, posters and colourful paintings. We all have evolving tastes in art, and for kids it’s even more so as they move through their stellar quick stages of development. Allow kids to have increasing levels of involvement on choices as they mature.
Don’t waste all those daydreaming hours – get it all down on paper…. Literally! Have an area where kids can lay out their art supplies and a roll of butcher’s paper in an accessible and organised manner. Make sure that a desk or a drawing corner is illuminated properly.
Use Clever Art Storage Options
Look for clever storage solutions which bring order and structure. These can be a beautiful design element in themselves – patterns of floating shelves, or cute shaped baskets and containers for items such as pencils, crayons and stencils.
Keep a Personal Gallery
Kids’ own works can also be incorporated, with a rotation hung on wire, in frames or on a contained pinboard. Al + Em have cute felt covered boards in lots of different colours. Rachellerachelle have natural and black timber picture hangers which are also pretty cool. Don’t forget a dedicated shelf for “sculptures” and 3D creations.
Enjoy exploring art options with your kids and help them discover what will hopefully be a lifetime appreciation.