Decorating a younger child’s bedroom can be a difficult task. They are at an age when they will start to have some strong opinions on what they want, but they can go from liking to disliking something in a matter of days. Children at this age can easily become hooked on a certain passing fad – wanting what all their friends have, and then dismissing it as soon as the newest must-have comes along.
When planning to decorate your child’s bedroom, it is of course important to listen to what they want, but to also realise that with a few words of persuasion and interpretation you can both compromise on a bedroom design that they will love, but that will simultaneously go with the rest of your home decor and style.
When decorating a child’s bedroom try not to have a dominant theme. It may look great initially, but you will want a bedroom that grows with your child. Having a dominant theme instantly makes the room difficult to change and adapt alongside your child’s tastes. They may want a sea-themed bedroom at first, but trust us when we say sooner or later they’ll wonder why they ever chose it. Stick to a neutral backdrop and then use fun fabrics and colourful accessories to bring some excitement into the room, without resorting to anything permanent that will be difficult to change.
When planning to decorate a child’s bedroom remember to include as many storage options as you can. The average child can accumulate an incredible amount of toys, clothes, books and school equipment which they will be only too happy to leave scattered over the floor. Make sure they don’t have an excuse for not tidying up.
A younger child’s bedroom will no longer be solely to sleep in. Once they start school it will soon turn into everything from a play room, study area, crafts room and hideout. If you can try to ensure there is a small study area where your child can concentrate on their homework.
Try and make certain areas of the bedroom multifunctional. Even if you only have the one child, consider buying bunk beds. Not only will you have a handy extra bed for overnight friends and guests, you can also put a desk underneath to minimise on crucial space.
If you do have more than one child and are facing the problem of decorating a shared bedroom then we have a few tips. With more than one child using the room daily for sleep, work and play, making the space work is important. Again, bunk beds are a blessing in this situation, not only saving space, but allowing plenty of room for not one, but two boisterous children to play in.
Each child will hugely benefit from having an area of the room that is for them and them alone – especially as they get older and sharing becomes a bigger problem. In a small room you can get away with having a little private area around each bed (if using twin beds), whilst having a shared play and work area. It is not likely that they will both study at the same time anyway. If you are adamant on having a private study area for each but don’t have the space for two desks, use an l-shaped desk, and then simply separate into two distinct areas with a pile of books or lamp in the middle.
If you are lucky to have a larger bedroom you can physically divide the room into two with a screen, a freestanding bookshelf or desk. Alternatively you could paint the two halves of the room in different colours, or with two varying but complimentary wallpaper designs to distinguish the different zones.
Children also love anything with their name on it, and there are plenty of accessories you can use – from bookends to bunting, to make is clear whose side of the room you are standing in.
At this age a good night’s sleep will make all the difference to your child’s mood, and yours. Ensure your child has every chance of sleeping well through the night with curtains that have a blackout lining, to stop that pesky sun from shining in to the their room too early and disrupting not only their sleep, but yours too.
At UK Curtains and Interiors, we have a huge selection of fun and colourful fabrics and accessories perfect for younger children, as well as a range of readymade curtains with a handy blackout lining to help you along on your decorating journey!
by Annabel Keshishian
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