A child’s bedroom is a very special place, whether it’s a space just for themselves or to share with siblings. Since i’s seen as an extension to a child’s personality, it’s a great idea to get children involved in the design and decoration of their bedroom once they are old enough. This will help to make your child feel safe, secure and relaxed in their bedroom.
Younger children may like a themed bedroom to include their favourite characters, perhaps from a TV show or a book. But do be careful to ensure that it’s not a character your child may grow out of quickly – today it may be Iggle Piggle, tomorrow it may well be Thomas the Tank Engine or Dora the Explorer! To avoid constant bedroom redecoration, it may be a good idea to choose a theme that will not date as easily, such as animals, flowers or hearts for a little girl and cars, pirates or footballs for a little boy. For something more neutral, geometrical shapes, stripes and stars are always a safe bet. Most importantly, the theme you choose needs to be fun. Your child will spend a lot of time in his or her room, so it needs to be an appealing and special place to relax, unwind, do homework or play.
Non-gender-specific colours are fabulous, whether you choose classic neutrals such as creams, coffees and chocolates or bold, bright colours such as reds, greens and yellows. Of course, your child may prefer to stick to the stereotypical pink for a girl and blue for a boy. But it’s good to be different. Matching carpets are comfortable and warm, while wooden or laminate flooring is easy to look after and very stylish.
If you are very artistic, make your child’s room stand out by creating a hand-painted wall mural to reflect their personality. If painting is not for you, repositionable stickers or wallpaper are easy ways to make an original living space. Or why not take the plunge and decorate the room with plain lining paper? Then encourage artistry and give your child free rein with paints or pens to produce their very own, unique wallpaper designs!
Accessories will add to the personalised feel of a bedroom. Mirrors, pin boards, framed prints and general knick-knacks look great and your child will enjoy helping to choose the perfect items to add character to their space.
Throughout their young lives, children accumulate lots of ‘stuff’. Toy boxes, bookshelves and desks with drawers are must-haves to keep everything tidy and in its rightful place and help to avoid clutter.
Furniture should be built to last – strong, sturdy wooden furniture is great. Classic wooden designs will not age and will grow with your child, suiting any age or gender (and co-ordinating beautifully with whichever colour scheme they choose). Think about wardrobes, dressing tables, desks, chairs and drawers. Of course, the most essential and important item in a child`s bedroom is the bed. From their first cot bed through to single beds, cabin beds or bunk beds for siblings, a gorgeous, comfortable bed will help them to feel secure and to get a good night’s sleep – setting them up for the busy day ahead.