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10 Top Tips for Decorating Children's Bedrooms

03 July 2019
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Does your children’s bedroom need a makeover? Here are 10 top tips to consider when redecorating their space.

1. Plot out the space

From sleeping and relaxing to playing and studying, children’s bedrooms often need to accommodate a number of activities. Start by creating a list of all the functions the room must fulfill, and then plot out how the space will be used accordingly.  

2. Look for inspiration

Looking for inspiration is useful if you’re stumped for ideas on which colours, fabrics, furniture or décor pieces to use. Whether you create a physical mood board or even just a Pinterest board, keep referring back to it throughout the redecorating process. This will help keep your focus (and budget) on track.

3. Let them have a say

Because children spend a lot of time in their bedroom, it’s important to create a space they’re excited to come home to. Let them be creative and choose the colour scheme or theme, while you lead the way on the final furnishings. By giving them a say, you can create a room they love and that reflects their personality and passions.

4. Stay neutral

As far as possible, decorate the walls and ceilings with neutral colours such as white or grey. Neutral colours work with all kinds of colourful accessories, so it will be easy to update the room when your little one feels like a change. The same goes for large furniture such as cupboards, beds, desks, and chairs. By having a neutral foundation, you can incorporate colours, textures, and patterns in a creative way elsewhere.

5. Use temporary wall décor

If a feature wall is an absolute must, peel-and-stick wall decals are a perfect choice. They bring attention to the theme in a big way and, as your child grows older or weary of the theme, you can simply peel the decals off and replace them with something new. Other temporary wall décor options include washi tape, which you can use to create a pattern of your choice, wall stickers or posters.

6. Be creative with lighting

With so many furnishings to consider, it’s easy to overlook the lighting fixtures. This aspect can however change the ambiance of the room altogether. For example, by installing a dimmer switch, the space can be suitable for doing homework during the afternoon as well as relaxing in the evening. Colourful lampshades and light bulbs also add a pop of colour. Simply mix and match these elements to suit the colour scheme.

7. Have sufficient storage

If there’s one thing every children’s bedroom needs, it’s storage! And a redecorating spree is the perfect time to add more storage space for all those books, games and toys. Open shelves with baskets or wooden crates are great for storing all sorts of odds and ends neatly. They will help make the bedroom both stylish and functional.

8. Maximise available space

Redecorating can be a challenge, especially in a small bedroom. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to maximise the available space. One of the best ways is to push the bed against the wall in a corner as this immediately opens up some floor space. If you’re working with a small room, also consider utilising wasted spaces such as below the bed (good for under-bed storage boxes) or on the wall (great for floating shelves).

9. Allow for room to grow

While the bedroom does need to meet current needs, it’s also important to think long-term. As your child grows, so will his or her space requirements. For example, they will probably need more room to study and complete projects once they’re in high school. It therefore makes sense to ensure that big purchases such as desks, cupboards, and beds are able to stand the test of time. In addition to furniture, the general arrangement should also be as flexible as possible.

10. Choose budget-friendly accessories

Redecorating your children’s bedroom doesn’t have to be an incredibly expensive exercise. Splurge on long-lasting furniture, and save by choosing budget-friendly accessories. Or get creative by upcycling the things you already have. For example, an old bookcase can be turned into a colourful storage solution with a simple lick of fresh paint. As Albert Einstein once said, logic will get you from A to B, but imagination will take you everywhere. Happy decorating!

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