By Erin Carlyle, Houzz
Planning your child’s room can be a lot of fun — and keeping it neat can be a lot of work! If those statements sound like your reality, you may enjoy some new research from Houzz. It reveals what Houzz users are choosing for children’s spaces these days, as well as their top kid-related challenges in the home.
The survey included findings from more than 200 U.S.-based users of Houzz who have recently completed, are working on or are planning a home project with kids in mind. Read on to learn which themes, colors and other elements are most popular in children’s rooms.
Nature themes beat superheroes. More than two-thirds of respondents (69 percent) said children’s bedrooms in their home have a decor theme. Of those themed rooms, the top pick (30 percent) is nature, followed by animals (23 percent), sports (17 percent) and princesses (15 percent). Other themes with some popularity include nautical, geometric patterns and, yes, superheroes.
Blue is a clear winner. More than half of the respondents (59 percent) said blue is a dominant color in the children’s bedrooms. Nearly one-third have selected white (31 percent) or gray (30 percent) as a dominant hue. Green and pink come in next (25 percent and 20 percent, respectively). Survey respondents could choose more than one color.
Costs range widely. As is typical with home projects, the costs for children’s rooms vary widely, depending on the work that is done, the products that are used and the part of the country where the project takes place. Among respondents who had completed a project with children in mind, just under one-third of respondents said they spent $1,000 or less, nearly one-third spent $1,001 to $3,000, and the rest spent $3,001 and up.
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You’re not the only one with a toy problem. The top two child-related challenges in the home cited by survey respondents are keeping things clean (74 percent) and managing clutter (69 percent). Only 8 percent of respondents feel that children’s things in their homes are almost always organized. Twenty-two percent feel that the children’s things are mostly or even completely disorganized.
Other child-related challenges in the home include overflowing laundry (35 percent), tripping or stepping over child-related stuff (30 percent), limited play space (29 percent), and damage to furniture (25 percent), carpeting (24 percent) and walls (22 percent). These concerns spill over into other parts of the home that also are dedicated to children, including outdoor spaces, playrooms, reading nooks, homework stations, craft stations and game rooms.
Let’s get some relief! While decor matters to respondents, functionality is also a priority in the children’s rooms. Seventy-one percent said they want to create a space that is easy to clean/maintain, 64 percent want a functional setup, and 47 percent prioritize using durable materials. Only 1 in 5 respondents prioritize using nontoxic products. Popular storage solutions include bookshelves and toy boxes.
The survey was fielded in July 2017 and includes responses from more than 200 U.S. Houzz users. Read more about the results.