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Baby and Kids’ Room Lighting Essentials

Baby and Kids' Room Lighting Essentials

Decorating a child’s room isn’t quite the same as decorating an adult’s room. Besides the obvious brighter color tones, themes, and possibly graphics, there are still a lot many differences between the two. However, all of that is a given and has been mastered by decorators and designers to a reasonable extent. What about lighting?

Lighting plans are often put off till the very end. People have the misconception that lighting themes and solutions are either too trivial to focus on, or that it’s the easiest thing to come up with. When in fact it’s actually the easiest to mess up. 

Why Should You Put in so Much Thought For Your Child’s Room?

Elegant children's room with table lamp

Credits: Renopedia, Icon Interior Design

A better question would have been, ‘why shouldn’t you?’ However, most parents raise a pretty strong counter-argument saying that kids eventually out-grow or get bored of the same patterns and themes. Which means them having to redecorate and redesign their child’s room practically annually. 

This is where the term ‘lighting solution’ comes into effect. While your child admittedly might be prone to liking brighter colors as a toddler and more muted ones as they grow up, if you figure out a lighting solution for their room you’ll end up making minimal to no changes.

It’s also important to understand that your child’s room is their sanctuary. Think of it this way; they eat, breathe, and sleep in the same room. It’s where all their toys are, it’s where they do their homework, and it’s where they sleep. 

Having said that, a child’s room needs to reflect their charismatic and energetic energy, yet remain as functional and practical as possible. Form and functioning are mutually inclusive of one another – something that most decorators struggle in finding a balance between.

Decorating a Baby’s Nursery

Pretty nursery for newborn with table lamp

Credits: Renopedia, Icon Interior Design

Your baby doesn’t have much of a say in how their nursery is going to be decorated. This is possibly the only time in your child’s life when you get to have complete creative control over their room. 

However, a baby’s nursery serves as a practical room for a parent more than it does as a room for the baby. It’s where you put the baby down to sleep, change their diaper, and rock them to sleep. 

A baby’s nursery is often modified into the child’s toddler room, and then a teenager’s bedroom as time goes by. While they’re still infants, your focus should be on lighting elements that are practical, but maintain the overall theme of the room. 

For example:

  • Avoid using harsh or halogen lights that might be too sensitive for a baby’s developing eyesight. 
  • Focus on allowing as much natural light to come in as possible. Go for higher windows. 
  • Nightlights are important. A nightlight can last you and your child several years. Go for a nightlight that’ll likely be used by your child as a toddler as well. 
  • Allow yourself enough wiggle room to stay creative. For example, decorate the baby’s crib lights around a particular theme. 
  • Incandescent lights are softer and have more of a glow. 
  • Designers and decorators cannot stress enough on the importance of having dimmers in your baby’s nursery. Ideally, you should have dimmers in every corner of your home. However, dimmers are particularly useful in a baby’s nursery to get them well-acquainted with different times of the day. 

Decorating for a Toddler’s Room


Fun toddler room with cabinet lightCredits: Renopedia, 3D Innovations

Decorating your child’s room when they reach between the ages of two and eight can be a bit more challenging than decorating a baby’s room. First of all, your child has developing a certain aesthetic. 

The word seems too fancy to be used in context to a child, but the truth of the matter is that your child has begun to develop an interest in certain colors, characters, and the sort. A room that reflects your child’s personality and likes is therefore better reciprocated by the child.

At this age, your child is probably going to begin preschool. Task lights for study tables are important to get them well-acquainted with dedicated areas for homework.

Your child is also beginning to understand things around them. If you customize a lampshade for them, or a light-up sign, and other lighting elements to that effect – it would be better reciprocated by the child. 

General considerations to make for a toddler’s room include:

  • Your child is beginning to question and explore everything around them. One of the first few things they’d like to explore would be an open socket. Avoid using lights that plug directly into sockets that can be easily reached by your toddler. If needed, baby-proof those sockets with plastic casings. 
  • Customize lampshades and other elements. You can even switch out lampshades periodically as your child begins to like a new character on television. 
  • Task lighting for dedicated homework spaces are necessary to get them acquainted with where they should study. 
  • Customize light-up signs and other elements to give your child’s room more personality.
  • Layer lighting – use pendant lights for ambient lighting, table lamps for task lighting, and light-up signs for accent lights.
  • Find lamps that are decorative as well as functional. For example, a lamp with a decorative body that’s best-suited for a toddler’s room. 
  • Insulate any and every exposed wire. Go for sturdy designs and ideally lighting elements that don’t hang down too low.

For more lighting guides, solutions, and fixes, go to Light Atelier


Lighting a child’s room isn’t as simplistic as most people make it out to be. Several considerations have to be made especially your child’s growing needs from their room. Their room needs to reflect their energy and provide a safe space for them. 

A lighting plan for your kid’s room helps in bettering the layout of the room and providing a space that gives off the same energy that your child radiates.