Decorating a Child’s Room with a Weather Theme
by Joey Lewitin
Description: Tips for decorating a kid's bedroom with a weather theme.
A science based theme for a child’s room, if presented in the correct
way, has the ability to get them excited about learning. If you tell
them about the interesting aspects of the subject, explain to them some
of the cool effects you can create within the theme, and get them eager
to help you design the setting. Then you may be able to ignite a spark
of curiosity in them that will lead them to want to know more. One
scientific theme you may be able to get your child interested in pursuing
is the weather.
Weather entails everything from violent tornados ripping trees out of
the ground, to a mild summer day. It involves titanic forces, towers of
air reaching into the sky, chaos, and violence. All you have to do is
look at the way Hollywood has cashed in on weather based disaster movies
to understand that it can be a very interesting topic. Weather can also
be lovely, and this theme will allow you to create some very cool
effects in a room, from clouds, to rain, to lightning and hail. For this
reason, you may be able to entice a child with one of the many aspects of
this theme, and as you proceed, inspire them to want to know more about
Another great thing about a weather based theme is that it can be
seasonal. You can decide to make the decorations simple, and change them as
often you like. If the winter is particularly cold, try decorating a
warm sunny day into the child’s room. Alternatively you can follow the
seasonal weather, matching the child’s room to the world outside. The
theme can be changed as often or as little as you like. However, you
should be careful to match the simplicity of the theme to how often you want
to change it. Changing a complicated decorative scheme over and over is
going to be tiring for both you and the child, and may cause them to
completely lose interest in the activity.
Before proceeding, be certain to talk with your child and explore the
various possibilities this theme may present. Try and excite them about
the idea of towering tornados, lightning, hail, and blizzards.
Together, come up with some ideas about the interesting, or beautiful weather
you could creat in the room. Let them lead the way, and try to inspire
their curiosity as much as you can.
Most of the weather effects you will create will be based on decorating
the ceiling and the walls. This can be done using paper or cloth. Trace
the image you would like onto the material, and then cut it out with a
scissor or exact-o knife. This cut out can then be easily taped or
thumb tacked to the ceiling or walls.
For a more finished look, try stenciling directly onto the walls. If
you are creative, you can design a scheme which will allow you to add
effects to these paintings that can change the feel of the room. For
instance, white billowy clouds can, at a later date, be given grey tinges to
indicate that a storm is coming.
The construction paper method above is great for creating fairly solid
structures such as tornados. Scatter tornados around the walls, and use
cut out red H’s and Blue L’s, to indicate where the high and low
pressure zones would be to create this effect. You can add a flying cow or
other farm animals floating around the tornado for a comic effect.
To create the appearance of precipitation in the room, tape Christmas
tinsel, or strips of reflective wrapping paper to the ceiling. Dark
billowing clouds can be designed using puffs of cotton painted grey. These
can be strung with some twine and hung at different levels to add a
dimensional feel to the effect. You can even make lightning bolts with
cardboard covered in yellow or reflective gold sheets.
Snow is also easy to simulate. Get large numbers of white throw
pillows, or pillow cases, and scatter them around the room. Additionally, you
can take a white sheet, and draw snowflakes across its surface. Using a
snowflake stencil will make this much easier. Then drape the sheet
across the floor, walls, and or ceiling to cover the room in snow. Paper
doilies hung from the ceiling, and complimenting the walls, are another
way to create this effect.
Your decorations can be as simple or complicated as you like. You will
probably want to start off with just one or two ideas, and get a feel
for the child’s interest level, and how the effects work together in the
room. Experiment, and work with them to come up with your own ideas.
The whole process should be an attempt to inspire your child’s curiosity
Children should not try any of these ideas out themselves without the
consent and supervision of an adult. Caution should always be used in
any activity that involves a child. Make certain that none of your
decorative efforts causes any damage to the child’s safety.
Joey Lewitin is an artist and interior designer who has always advised
the use of creativity in decorating ones home. For many years he has
been one of the premier Pebble Artists working with PebbleArt Inc to
create unique home décor accessories using
natural stone. These designs can be seen at PebbleZ.com.
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