Unless you find yourself regularly bitten by the home improvement bug, the chances are that you don’t want to have to decorate your child’s bedroom too often. That makes it all-important to get it right first time and if it is a makeover rather than starting from scratch, all the better. You probably have a few decorating ideas up your sleeve from past experience, many of which will still apply to the bedroom of a younger family member. However, some various tips and tricks can make the finished room pop, and we’ve put together our top 10 for use on your next project.
1. Use Wall Decals
If you put wall decals up in your bedroom or living room, there’s every chance that one of your visitors will refer to them as ‘childish’. If that’s the impression they give off, what better place for them than on the wall in your child’s bedroom? You should plan out the decal style, so they match a theme, and you should also get your child’s input into what they like and don’t like – they’ll spend more time in the room than you will, after all. The best part is that these decals never last forever – they’ll stick to the wall for as long as you need them to, but if you fancy a change of style, move house or cannot do too much to the walls in a rented property, they represent a fantastic option.
2. Bring in What the Child Needs as well as Wants
Many children treat their bedrooms as a small, self-contained home of their own, so you need to ensure that they can do everything they might want or need to do in there without any fuss. We’re not suggesting that you build an en-suite and open plan kitchen. However, they are likely to do more in there than sleep, so ensure that you supply them with a desk at which to study, any entertainment they enjoy and preferably something other than the bed on which to relax.
3. Go with Shelves instead of Cupboards Where Possible
We tend to prefer a more open layout in kids bedrooms, and not because we’re nosy. If most things are on display, it reinforces in the child’s mind where they belong. In practice, that saves you from the dreaded “I can’t find” call from upstairs and gives you at least some chance at success when you say that it’s time to tidy their room.
4. Make the Most of the Space You Have
Your child’s room might not be as big as you’d like, and it almost certainly isn’t as big as they’d prefer. There are enough space maximisation tips and tricks out there that some are bound to apply to a kid’s room. We like to ensure that the bed is positioned right up into a corner to maximise floor space for one. Another favourite is to make use of vertical space – if something doesn’t have to be on the floor, put it on the wall with shelves, units and other space savers.
5. Don’t Lose Personality in a Shared Room
If you have two children that share a bedroom, it can be tempting to get both to compromise or even overrule both of their requirements and go with something neutral. However, this doesn’t do the best job of making your kids feel at home in their room, and you should be open to personalisation. Let them choose their own bedsheets and furniture. With items that both need, maintain a theme and style with the same item but paint them in different colours.
6. Get Creative with the Bed
Shared or solo, there is potentially so much more to the bed than a standard divan. You could go with one of the old favourites, like a racecar bed, or do something a little more practical. If you’re tight on space, you might want to consider the bunk bed style where the top bunk serves as a place to sleep, but the lower part of the frame contains a desk or seating.
7. Remember their Height when Choosing Furniture
The finished room will need cupboards and closets, but unless you want to be on duty each morning when they get dressed, you need to ensure they can reach what they need. You don’t want to waste the upper space, but reserve that for clothes that are out of season or not worn often. Choose or design a wardrobe in such a way that your child can access an entire outfit, even if it means keeping more types of clothes together than you’d prefer.
8. Promote their Passions
If you’re struggling for a theme and they're not much help, think about what makes them happy. Even if it's just a phase, most kids are obsessed with something or other. Ideally, it will be something that doesn’t suffer if the phase changes and still looks good.
9. Future-Proof the Room
Styles change, but nowhere near as quickly as the tastes and demands of children. As mentioned in the introduction, you probably don’t want to have to update the room every year. With this in mind, go for furniture that can grow with them and consider slight modifications. You might change the knobs and handles on drawers and cupboards – but keep hold of the originals for when they want something more mature.
10. Never Forget the Focus on Fun
If for nothing more than your personal wellbeing, you want your child’s bedroom to be somewhere they want to be and enjoy spending time in. If your normal decorating style is reserved and modern, don’t be afraid to go a bit crazy in their room according to their tastes. Try something different and get them involved – they’ll feel like they helped and will always have that sense of accomplishment that they made their room happen. Just be prepared for when they demand a makeover because the time will come!