Children spend a lot of time in their bedrooms, from sleeping to doing their homework to playing with friends. Therefore, it is important that your little one’s room be reflective of their personality, so they feel truly at home in their own little space. Your aim should be to achieve the perfect balance of stylish, practical and fun! So here are 10 ideas to get you started while designing your child’s own cosy little nook:
1. Make A Mini Art Gallery
Children’s rooms are meant to be fun, creative and colourful, so avoid dull empty walls at all costs! This does not have to be an extravagant process. Simply invest in a few small colourful frames and put up a combination of photographs and pictures or art pieces on the chosen wall. There’s nothing like images of family and friends to add life and character to a room. You can also make use of your little one’s artwork from school or art class, as hanging their own pieces on the wall will inspire their creativity and add a personal touch to the room.
2. Get Creative With Headboards
One unexpected area you can get creative with your ideas is in your choice of headboards. The sky’s the limit when it comes to this aspect of the design. You can opt to once again make use of art and photographs to decorate, or keep it classic and simple such that it is timeless and will be suitable throughout your little one’s various stages of growing up. The most important thing to consider would be colour, as you want to make sure there is no clash with the rooms general theme or wall colour, since the headboard is a rather large and noticeable piece of furniture.
3. Incorporate Wellness In Design
Amelia Coote-Harris, event director for Life Instyle, in Sydney, explains how your child’s wellness can be factored into your interior decor for their bedroom:
“Health and wellness has been a prevalent trend in the adult world for a long time, and while a child’s health is always a parent’s first concern, the ethos is moving from physical wellbeing to decor too. Accessories such as candles with relaxing scents, natural fibres for linen, and even crystal are accessories parents are choosing to build a child’s room.”
4. Educational Wallpaper
There is no shortage of options when it comes to choosing wallpaper or wall decals for a child’s bedroom, so go into the process with an idea of what you are looking for. One idea to consider is using this as an opportunity to teach their child, by making use of educational wallpaper. This can range from a world map, teaching your little one the countries and capitals of the world, to alphabet wall paper or even pictures of animals with descriptions about them written below. Since these are going to be the walls your child sees on a daily basis, why not put something up that they are going to have to learn in the future anyway?
5. Ribbon Adornments
The best thing about decorating a kid’s room is that the more fun and fanciful you get, the better! Get out some ribbons and dress up the dresser, cabinet or any other piece of furniture you can get your hands on. This will add a pop of colour to the room, and give it a playful vibe. It is also a decorating idea that is of virtually no cost to you whatsoever. So get any materials you have lying around and put them to good use adding an extra touch to the pre-existing objects in the room.
6. Have A Reading Corner
Many people’s best childhood memories include their parents reading them delightfully fictitious bedtime stories. Having a special area in your child’s room, where all their books are stored and there are perhaps a few bean bags for lounging in, can only add to the excitement of this activity. Make sure there is good lighting, comfy seats, and all your little one’s favourite tales all in one corner of the room. Having particular parts of one room designated for different activities also makes the space feel bigger than it is, as you would have maximized the various nooks and crannies of the room. It may also result in your kid having heightened focus as they know what each space is for, and therefore will be ready for storytime when they enter the reading corner!
7. Keep It All Organized
When it comes to keeping your kid’s room looking fabulous, it’s about more than just the decor. Sometimes, even though you may think you need to redecorate, you simply need to organize, because a messy room never looks good no matter how well decorated it is! Tina Clark, founder of Sagitine, has tips on how to get the little ones involved in keeping their rooms in order:
“Get the kid involved - ask them regularly to cull the toys and give to those in need. Make it a daily routine to put them away as well. For general organisation, my top 2 tips are:
Do a quick tidy in the bedroom area every evening before bed. It’s so much nicer to spend 5-10 minutes putting everything away than waking up to a messy start to your morning.
For longer term, pick one cupboard or several drawers at a time. Don’t try and reorganise the bedroom in one go.”
8. Designate A Homework Area
As much as your kids might hate to acknowledge, their bedroom is not just for play, and is likely where they will get most of their homework done for school. This is a lot more efficient and easier to accomplish when there is a specific area in which they know it is “work time”. So go about creating a little study area, to nurture your young budding einstein. Set up a desk and chair, and make sure all their writing materials and school-related possessions are kept in one place for easy access. This also trains them to be organized about getting their work done!
9. Ensure You’ve Picked The Right Bed
Sometimes when decorating it can be easy to get carried away with how cute and fun some kids beds for sale can be. However, its is equally (if not more) important that you are purchasing one that is high quality, so as to ensure your little one’s safety and health. Never fear, there are many options available that are both stylish and functional choices, you just have to check them out thoroughly before purchasing. For example, you can find numerous bed frames that are nice colours and structures, but are also high quality and will last you a very long time. Couple this with a supportive mattress and you have yourself a fantastic bed choice!
10. Limit Your Pallette To 3 Colours
Sometimes only one aspect of the room needs to be changed to improve the overall atmosphere. Virginia Bishop from Virginia Bishop Interiors explains that "the biggest impact they can make in their room is with colour. In order for the room to feel balanced, limit your palette to 3 colours. And if your not ready to commit to paint, then bring in colour with a chair, rug, bedding, pillows and artwork."