When it comes to decorating your children’s bedroom, you want to create a room they can be proud of and a pleasant space where they can relax. Although the bedroom is just a place to sleep for very young children, it soon becomes much more than that as they get older. They’ll need somewhere to play and learn, do their homework and entertain friends.
All of this means that the decor of your kids’ bedrooms needs to be versatile and suit a variety of moods. Decorating these rooms is a great opportunity for you to be really creative and show off your DIY skills, but remember to consult your children before you get started and as you go along to make sure they’re going to be happy with the end result.
Read on for some top ideas for decorating a child’s room.
Have fun with wallpaper
You might well shy away from outlandish or colourful wallpaper in other areas of the house, but in a young boy or girl’s room it can work brilliantly. Remember that the emphasis should be on fun and enjoyment. With a huge range to choose from, you should be able to find something that suits your child’s personality without too much trouble. Think about how bright colours can create a warm and positive atmosphere in the bedroom.
With younger children, you might also want the wallpaper to be a feature that reflects their interests, whether it’s dinosaurs, space rockets or fairytale princesses. You could also choose some wallpaper that has an educational element, such as a large map of the world. These are all fine, but remember that your son or daughter’s tastes are likely to change rapidly as they grow up and they could soon request a different style!
You should also look for wallpaper that is fairly robust and scrubs clean easily, as your little ones may subject it to a fair amount of wear and tear. Another great way to give the bedroom walls a personal touch is to use stencils, which allow you to apply unique motifs and images.
Be creative with storage
Your child’s bedroom will need plenty of storage, as they are likely to already have a large number of toys and clothes and will accumulate many more possessions as they get older. If you don’t want to give them an excuse for having an untidy room, think about how you can maximise the space and create storage opportunities from existing furniture.
Children will love anything that makes their room truly unique and marks it out from the crowd, particularly when they get a bit older and start seeing more of their friends. With this in mind, think about how you can add a personal touch to the room with something a little out of the ordinary. Creating handmade mobiles, which require nothing more than some felt, glue and pieces of string, is a great way to do this.
You could also add some clear picture frames to the walls, which the kids can use to display their own artwork from school or whatever takes their fancy. This allows them to customise the decor themselves and retain an element of control over their own space.