When your child reaches an age when they have their own interests and ideas and is starting to establish an identity, both of you might want to personalize their bedroom. It is an exciting project, but also a potentially complicated one. You want them to have a place to play, learn, create, relax, and sleep, but how do you achieve all this in one room? You also need to consider the fact that what your child wants or needs now is not necessarily what they will want this time next year. If you are struggling to settle on a design, this guide includes some simple tips and techniques to help you upgrade your child’s bedroom from dull to delightful.
Choose simple décor and remove clutter
The first tip to keep in mind is to keep your design as simple as possible. A minimalist approach with only a few key pieces of furniture will leave plenty of floor space for play, games, and imagination. If you are hoping to add color or designs to the walls, remember that children’s preferences change as they discover more of the world and grow up. Consider keeping the base color of the walls simple and neutral, with small areas of details which can be updated easily.
Choose child-size furniture and storage
From a practical point of view, the bedroom needs to be child-friendly in terms of safety and in scale. They need to be able to get into their bed, sit on chairs, work at tables, take toys on and off shelves, and out in and out of cupboards, so ensure that all are at a suitable height. Accessible storage options will encourage your child to tidy up after themselves and play independently.
Give them a cozy place to relax
Just like adults, sometimes children want to spend some time away from the hustle and bustle. Whether they want to nap, read, color, or simply cozy up with their imagination, a Comfy Sack with a blanket and their favorite teddy in the corner of the room is ideal. You might even want to hang a piece of fabric over it, so it feels like they are sitting in a hut.
Make it a space for creativity
A child’s bedroom should be somewhere they can let their imagination run wild, so in addition to giving them space and plenty of toys, give them plenty of fun activity options. It could be a chalkboard where they can draw, wipe away, and draw again, or a rock-climbing wall, a slide off the side of the bunk bed, or a swing from the roof.
Consider creating a work area
Even if your child is not old enough for homework yet, give them a workspace where they can draw, color, paint, and write as much as they want. This will not only help them in creativity and keep them busy but can also help their mental and physical development. When they are older, the space will be ideal as a quiet place to study.
Add a little magic
Children bring magic into the world, and they see it every day, so why not make it a part of their bedroom? Twinkling fairy lights, glow-in-the-dark stars on the ceiling, and other magical lighting options will make their room feel like a fantastical land full of possibility.