Next weekend we’re embarking on a bit of a bedroom makeover for Little Mister but I’ve struggled to re-fit his room to incorporate all the things he wants, now he’s a ‘big boy!’
A child’s bedroom is a very important place for them. It is where they will spend a lot of their time; a place they proudly show off to their friends on playdates. Moreover, it’s their safe place & the first place in the world that they can truly call their own.
Decorating a child’s room is sometimes a tricky endeavour! I found the nursery & toddler rooms easier to decorate but this stage, now that he’s now 6 years old, I’ve found more challenging.
Children’s rooms will change several times as they grow up, their tastes change, and they outgrow their existing furniture – I have a hotline to Freecycle at the moment! Below, are some top tips for decorating your child’s room, so it not only looks great but is easy to switch around and change if (!) your child desires!
For young children, a novelty bed in the shape of a racing car or giant foodball, for example, might seem like a good idea and can work very well in a well-designed bedroom. However, they will soon outgrow such things and to replace a bed in that style usually requires dismantling the entire thing.
My daughter was Snow White throughout the third year of her life and everything was red, white and gold. Then one day it all changed. Just like that. I’m seriously glad we didn’t indulge her desire to make her bed & room Snow White themed.
A themed bed will have a unique shape, & it will often require other furniture to be replaced or rearranged. A better choice is a more neutral bed, such as an oak frame, which can be decorated with bedding. These are a fantastic choice as most are DIY so easy to put together and dismantle, as well as being suitable for children of most ages. You can buy one that will last for a long time. As a general rule, the simpler a piece of furniture is, the more flexible it is.
Build in Room to Grow
Children need space and plenty of it. Give them enough room to move and play and store possessions. As they grow, you might find more and more of their clothes and furniture quickly becoming too small for them. It is, therefore, a good idea to account for your child’s growth in your design. You should also keep in mind that as your child grows, they will find their room is effectively becoming smaller and smaller, so that nursery space may not be big enough any more…
Get Your Child Involved
It is your child’s room, after all, so it is important that they have some say in how it is designed. This can be a positive experience for them and is an opportunity to let their imagination run free.
I’ve found that giving Little Mister options, rather than just saying ‘what do you want’ has helped hone in what he wants, and also what realistically works for our house and my budget!
Allowing them to choose the furniture they like the look of – within reason – will allow them to express their personality; this is important if they are to really feel at home in their room, which is what you want.
What his bedroom would look like if Little Mister had it all his way… Photo courtesy of Wayfair.co.uk
You want as many soft surfaces as possible to minimise the potential for injury if a child falls or collides with furniture while playing. A good soft carpet or rug is also a good choice for more active children. For quality Wilton carpets, check out discounted Wilton carpets at Big Warehouse Sale.
If I’m honest, I wasn’t looking forward to redecorating Little Mister’s room as it was perfect as it was; but it was no longer perfect for the football mad, six year old he now is.
Decorating your child’s bedroom can be a rewarding experience when you get them involved and allow them and their imagination to drive your design choices. Your child’s room will grow and change just as they do, but at each stage, it will be one of their most prominent memories of that time.
I'm Tracey, nice to meet you. Mummyshire was 'born' three years ago after we moved from London to the Oxford countryside. Here I chart our journey adjusting to our new lives, the challenges of being in the countryside & surviving parenthood.