The idea of decorating a kid’s room can be fun but also difficult. Because of the wide variety of choices, some parents, especially moms, are challenged with choosing a design their kids will love, but at the same time, making sure it won’t outgrow their kids too quickly. Sometimes it’s hard to find balance between form and function. Here are some tips and ideas to help you ensure your kid’s room stays functional and comfortable, but full of character.
- Use an unexpected color palette.
When your kids are still too young to decide for their own, like when they’re still babies, have fun with decorating your child’s nursery by choosing an unexpected color palette. Gone are the days of “pink for girls” and “blue for boys.” Make it gender-neutral by choosing neutral colors like black and white, grays, whites, taupes and beiges. Then, introduce playful patterns using beddings, rugs, toys, books and accessories. This way you can also have a room that the little ones can grow into.
- Pick a theme.
Children’s imaginations are on their all-time high during early childhood years, so go ahead and make the most out of it. Choose a theme they are passionate about, like insects, space, cars, unicorns, princesses or a favorite cartoon character, and incorporate these in their room. Doing this would not only show off your kid’s interests, but it can also help pull stuff together and make bedtime exciting for kids. You don’t always have to do much – a printed comforter and a few wall decals are enough to set the theme.
- Give a room to grow.
Your kids won’t stay kids forever, and their favorites and interests change over time. Instead of buying that race car bed, you can integrate a racing theme in the room using posters, beddings and decorations. If you’re always designing and redecorating for every phase of your child, you’ll exhaust yourself and your family’s budget. It would be wise to choose furniture that looks a little more mature rather than something that looks too cute and too adorable, so as your child grows older, his or her furniture can stay while the colors of the wall or accessories can change to match their needs and wants.
- Rely on colors and patterns.
In rooms for toddlers and small children, it is great to accent their rooms with playful colors. It helps in their brain development. But when they grow up to become middle schoolers, tweens and teens, they might want to show their personality using pops of their favorite colors. Transform their walls using a wallpaper of their chosen pattern. Their spaces must be as creative as they are. Add fun accents like colorful pillows and fun lamps to anchor in their chosen theme. You can also add pops of colors or patterns using curtains and rugs, too.
- Allot play space.
A child’s bedroom needs to be maximized as much as possible, since this is the time when they love to move and play around as their imaginations wander. The bed, especially in a small bedroom, must be pushed against the wall so the head of the bed is in a corner. This opens up the floor for play time. Create a play center within his own room, so the kid won’t get messy on other areas like the living room. Put up a play table for coloring and crafts. Once you child grows older, this can be replaced by a study area.
- Make storage easily reachable.
When there is a young kid, there is mess. Help keep your child organized by keeping things at their arm’s reach. Use open shelves with baskets and bins to keep their toys and games stored away. The open shelving makes easy access to belongings, plus it makes it easy to see where every toy must go to. Keep things of the same nature like blocks, coloring items, imaginary play and books on separate bins and guide your child in storing until he knows the system. If your kid is still very young, it’s better to label your bins and baskets with pictures instead of words so they can easily identify the correct bin.
This doesn’t only apply to toys. You can also bring down the kid’s closet to your child’s level. Attach hanging rods low enough so they can easily reach the hangers. Also put shelves and drawers reachable so they can easily get their underwear, socks and accessories. You may also need to provide a small footstool for hard-to-reach storage. This doesn’t only keep the kids organized, you’re also teaching them to dress up and decide what to wear on their own.
- Be creative with making division.
Sometimes, you get to have more kids than the number of bedrooms available for them, so sharing of bedrooms is inevitable. In decorating a shared bedroom, it doesn’t mean you need to have matching furniture and matching beddings to unify the room. Some children prefer to have a more individual style. If this sounds like your kids, let them choose their own beddings, bedside lamps, accessories and wall hangings for their side of the room. Keep the room coherent-looking by choosing same beds, but paint them with the colors they like. Or, you can get the same bed but and paint the sides of the room with two different colors.
You can also ward-off nighttime chatter and bedtime quarrels by placing a divider between their beds. A folding portable divider, or a colorful curtain hanged on a ceiling-mounted rod can work very well. This also gives each of the kids privacy, which they will surely need as they grow older. You may also put up a more solid division like a bookshelf, a dresser or a shelving unit between the beds.
- Bunk the beds.
The most popular solution for a small, shared bedroom is to use bunk beds. Make use of the vertical space if you’re short on floor area. Most kids love bunk beds, although if arguments arise regarding who gets to sleep on the top bunk, set up a schedule to be fair and implement safety rules. But if both of your kids really want to be on the top bunk permanently, might as well bunk the bed and use the area under as play area, lounge, or study area. That is, of course, if you have the space for it.
- Add a comfortable chair.
Include soft, comfortable seating like ottomans, beanbag chair, poufs or any cozy chair in their room. If you’re a parent, having a chair near your kid’s bed (or crib) is crucial for bonding moments like sharing stories, reading bedtime stories, or consoling a crying baby in the middle of the night. If you have the space, you may even put a loveseat, a compact couch or a futon for your child to relax in after a hard day at school.
- Allot space for their desk area.
Older kids and teens are getting bigger demands from school, so it is important that they have their own desk area for studying and working on homework and projects. Choose a desk that will flow with the rest of the space. It’s better to choose desks with plenty of storage underneath. Add an accent task lamp and cute storage shelves and drawers to keep all their supplies and knick-knacks organized.
- Decorate with decals.
If painting is not an option (especially if you’re renting), removable decals are your way to go for decorating the walls of your kid’s bedroom. This is especially helpful in defining the overall theme for the bedroom. Let your kids pick them out and even place them in their rooms. If they are too young, offer a helping hand or apply it yourself. Once your child grows older and becomes tired of the theme, it would be easy to remove and replace, or redecorate with something else.
- Display your kid’s collections or artworks.
Kids love collecting. Whether it is postcards, clippings, stamps, stickers, toy cars, dolls or whatever, these needs to be displayed. Add shelving for toys and other knick-knacks they collect. For photos, postcards and similar items, try hanging them through a string light to create an instant charm in a room. If your kids like doodling and drawing, make them feel you’re proud of them by adding a display section for their works. Try mounting a piece of galvanized metal and treat it like a board. Then, use fun magnets to keep your children’s drawings displayed on their own room. If you like to go extra, paint their wall with chalkboard paint, so it would be easier for them to draw and doodle all over.
- Have fun with it.
Your kids won’t stay children forever and before you know it, they will be off to college away from you. Let them embrace their interests and have fun decorating their bedroom with them. Make sure you involve them in decision making regarding their own room. Give them a childhood to remember.