A room of their own: personalizing your child’s room

Your child is one in a million—shouldn’t his or her room reflect that unique personality? Read on for some great ideas on how to personalize the decor of your child’s room.

Create homemade works of art!

You don’t need to be an artist to design striking pieces. It’s as easy as framing a piece of cloth from your child’s bed set or a piece of wallpaper you like. You could even personalize the frame by adding your child’s name or a photo that has similar colours.

Some stores sell very deep picture frames into which you can place treasured objects. Why not add some pieces of your little one’s baby clothes, his or her first pair of shoes, a soother or another beloved object? You could also choose an item that represents each year of his or her life and build a beautiful memory wall. Don’t be afraid to play with the colours of the objects, backgrounds and frames to mix and match with the room’s decor. One interesting option would be to use tone-on-tone colours to create depth with understated elegance.

Pick a theme, any theme!

Your little quarterback dreams of touchdowns while your little princess won’t wear anything but pink?

Three successful combinations

You might have found yourself wanting to add an extra item of furniture several months after buying multiple items as part of a collection set. What do you do if the item is no longer offered in the right finish or if the collection is no longer available?

Here are some tips to make the most of the situation!

Combining similar tones

This approach is based on finding the common thread between two finishes. In the picture, the colour of the pine tree rings goes very well with the cherry tone. This eclectic mix produces an overall harmonious look.

The drawer chests are in Sunny Pine (model 3242 LOGIK) and the bed is in Sumptuous Cherry (model 3156 VITO)

The drawer chests are in Sunny Pine (model 3242 LOGIK) and the bed is in Sumptuous Cherry (model 3156 VITO)

We paired the two finishes in this office space together because they both have soft wood grains, their tones mesh well together, and they are of the same style.

The desk is in Chocolate (model 7219 ELEMENT) and the shelf bookcase (model 4356 SKYLINE) is in Sumptuous Cherry

The desk is in Chocolate (model 7219 ELEMENT) and the shelf bookcase (model 4356 SKYLINE) is in Sumptuous Cherry

Contrasting combinations

In this case, use the brightness of one or more light items or spice up the uniformity of a collection by combining darker furniture. You are more likely to pull off a contrasted combination if you keep to the same style.

Colors that are suitable for all

When shopping for furniture for a child’s room, you can always choose a typically feminine or masculine style. But if you want furniture that will suit more than one child in the family, go with something more neutral. Even with neutral collections, options abound to make each child’s room special. Read on to learn more!

Lighter finishes such as white and vanilla are popular for girls’ rooms, while darker finishes—black, charcoal, chocolate and ebony—are preferred for boys’ rooms.

Here are some unisex finishes:

Sumptuous Cherry

Sumptuous Cherry

Morgan Cherry

Morgan Cherry

Natural Maple

Natural Maple

Medium cherry and maple finishes are great for either boys’ or girls’ rooms. Keep in mind, however, that the style of the collection can also influence your decorating choice.

For example, the sleigh bed and decorative moldings of the Louis Philippe-style Vintage Collection, even in an Ebony finish, are perfect for a girl’s room, and the collection’s dark finish lends itself nicely to a boy’s room. Without the gentle curve of the sleigh bed, however, a similar collection in the same finish may not be as well suited to a unisex style.

As strange as it sounds, our brains associate the shapes we see with the lines of the human body.

Taking care of laminate furniture

Our laminated particle board furniture is no different from wooden furniture: it requires care and attention. But how should you clean it if you can’t let liquids or damp cloths sit on it? Here are some tips from our experts.

  1. Always use a clean cloth to prevent scratches.
  2. Avoid ammonia-based cleaning products, which could damage the finish on your furniture.
  3. You have two options: either a dry electrostatic cloth or a slightly damp cloth (but make sure you wipe your furniture with a dry cloth when you’re done).

We recommend using felt pads under figurines, lamps and storage boxes to prevent scratches.

You should also avoid direct exposure to sunlight, as this can cause the finish to fade over time.

When you take good care of your laminate furniture, it lasts longer —and you get a better return on your investment!

Soon-to-be mom seeks change table

Expectant parents are always concerned about their baby’s comfort, so they put a lot of thought into organizing his or her new room. Since diapers will have to be changed several times a day until the baby is potty trained, it is important to choose a change table that is both comfortable for the baby and convenient for mom.

Change table - 3346

Change table – 3346

Choosing a change table: what makes a smart choice?

The change tables available on the market offer several types of storage. Drawers, doors and shelves help you to stay organized and keep all your baby care items on hand. These storage areas are easily accessible and allow you to change your baby safely without leaving him or her unattended. Here are some of the available configurations:

  • Open spaces for storing baskets. These storage units allow you to keep items within reach without having to move away from the change table.
  • Drawers at the bottom of the change table are useful for storing blankets.
  • A sliding door (see photo) creates an ideal space for storing fresh diapers and making them easily accessible.

The baby changer is located on the top of the change table. The surface is equipped with side rails to ensure the baby’s safety.