In my ten (almost 11!) years as a parent, I have overseen the decoration of many bedrooms. For some reason, since we moved into this house seven years ago, the kids have moved bedrooms three or four times. We like to swap them around (no idea why, to be honest) and keep them on their toes. So each move means a new look, of course. And so I thought it was high time I shared my ‘expertise’ with you. Ha! Here are five top tips for making a child’s bedroom awesome.
Take your child’s interests to heart
Try to see this little space in the world through your child’s eyes. Yes, bright green walls may give you a headache, but to him it’s the exact same colour as dinosaur snot and who wouldn’t want a room like that? It’s not your room, remember? This is their little corner of the house and they deserve to have it the colour they want. Of course, we’ve had to dissuade The Big One from brown walls in the past because, you know, we’re still the parents.
Now, of course, children can be fickle. A child who loves pink princesses one day might be into ninja turtles twelve months later. This actually happened. And her room was pink floor to ceiling, even the blinds. And she STILL has pink blinds today (and in the last five years her brother has been in that room, and he had pink blinds too) so the lesson here is: make sure the characterisation of your child’s room is easily fixed. So leave things like carpets and curtains neutral, and think accessories instead.
A pirate themed room can be created with wall stickers, not a novelty bed. Remember that a fifteen year old boy trying to impress his mates is not going to do that with a pirate ship bed. Unless you buy a new bed, of course. And likewise, a pair of curtains with pirate ships on might look great, but do they block out the early morning sunlight? Make sure your themed items actually do the job they’re supposed to do, and don’t just look great.
That said, remember that it’s your child’s room so …
Let your child have creative control
involved your child in the whole process! Let them choose the colours, the theme and the new bedding. You have to get new bedding! Let them help to pick out the furniture and allow them the chance to revel in the creative control!
Let your child be the master of his domain. You won’t regret it. And you don’t have to sleep in there.
Create space where you can
A child’s bedroom has a different function to yours. It’s used to play, to read books and to do cartwheels. It needs more space for these things. So use whatever tricks you can to create more space. I love mid-sleeper beds like this one because you have all that space underneath- to build dens, write in your secret diary or hide. And there’s space to shove all the mess when you’re asked to tidy your bedroom too!
Choose floating shelves that can store books and toys etc without taking up floor space. Use the tops of wardrobes and under bed storage boxes to keep things as tidy as possible.
Think beyond the here and now
No parent likes to think about it for too long, but you have to remember that your child won’t be this little forever. And their tastes will change, along with their stature. So unless you want to change their furniture every couple of years (the mistake we’ve made!) then think long term. Buy an adult sized wardrobe that will last for years, rather than small toddler sized one. Pick a full sized bed rather than a toddler bed (yes, they’ll look tiny but honestly, they will grow into it. Sob!). Try to imagine your child in six years time- will their furniture stand the test of time?
The same with blinds. you want light to be at a minimum whilst they are little so instead pick a Velux blind like the ones here that adapt to needs from sleeping toddler to gaming teenager!
Ban the blu-tak
Don’t let your children stick posters on the walls! Buy some frames that you can use to display artwork or posters instead. The overall look will be a lot cleaner, and you can create some stunning displays this way too. And, of course, there is the added bonus that your walls will last a lot longer between coats of paint too.
What are your top tips for creating an awesome child’s bedroom?
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