Settling on a design and plan for decorating a child’s bedroom can be a surprisingly difficult process. Do you stick to gender stereotypes? Do you decorate the room with your child’s favourite characters/themes? How do you know what your child will like in the future? Well, try not to worry, because I’m here to give you some answers to those questions and to point you in the right direction to make the perfect bedroom for a child.
Keep it Simple
Probably the first thing you should be doing when working on a plan for a child’s bedroom is keeping in mind that you should try and keep the design and layout as simple as possible. Not only does simplicity allow for flexibility, it is also ideal for creating a soothing place for children to call their own. High detail wallpapers and bright colours can be too stimulating for children, especially babies and toddlers, and this can disrupt their sleep and play patterns.
Keeping your design simple also helps to cover for the child’s shifting likes and dislikes. Your child is far less likely to be dissatisfied with a simple room design, than with one that is covered with a character or motifs that they no longer like or identify with. Keeping things nice and simple will make your life that little bit easier and help to avoid frequent redecoration projects.
Decals are a fantastic option to add some personalisation for the child, while keeping the base design of the room simple. Peel and stick decals can be easily removed and replaced to perfectly fit the current likes of the child. Letting the child choose their own decals will also let them to leave their own stamp on their room, without you having to worry about the future implications of making more permanent changes.
Design for Purpose
When designing a child’s bedroom, you should try and consider how the child will be using their space. A young child will likely want to play with toys and create imaginative scenarios in their room, so lots of floor space will be necessary. An older child or teenager will be getting more and more homework and will value their own space and privacy more, so a dedicated study area like a desk and a place to relax like a comfy chair or beanbag might be worth considering.
Prepare for Change
Whenever you’re designing or decorating a child’s bedroom you should keep in the back of your mind that the child will always be changing and developing as they get older. While there is no way to know what they might want when they get older, you can still do your best to make the space flexible and ready for change. Most importantly, try and avoid committing to large-scale permanent changes unless you are certain that they won’t cause any problems further down the line!
Now that you have a few clearer ideas on how you want to decorate a child’s bedroom, you’ll probably be looking to pick up some new homeware for it. Children can be a bit of a strain on your wallet, so I’m sure you’ll be glad to know that there are plenty of ways to save on homeware online.