We can all agree that there are certain decorating rules that we want to try and follow when it comes to giving our home a little makeover. But there is only one rule that needs to apply when it comes to your kid’s bedroom: make it fun. Go with whatever your imagination can conjure up and then some. This is your chance to latch on to your child’s know-no-bounds creativity and crank the crazy meter up to around an eleven or twelve.
Sure, you need to think about certain practical (boring!) elements like storage and what will happen when they grow up, but try not to let that take up much more than five, maybe six, percent of your brain when it comes to getting stuck in. You’ve no doubt heard the phrase, “Kids grow up so quickly,” so don’t let future-proofing this space get in the way of enjoying the moment. Yes, there will probably be a day somewhere down the line where your little one says they want a more grown up bedroom because they are a teenager and having a pirate themed bedroom just isn’t doing it for them anymore, but just cross that bridge when you get to it.
Enjoy who they are now. Take their personality and make it shine, let it sing and dance and shout and burst from every corner and every wall. Take your inner child, mix it with your actual child, and create a space that will make them smile. After all, this is their space. Their escape. That one part of the house they call theirs. And to help you do this, we have come up with a few tips that should get you well underway.
It Isn’t A Bedroom Without A Bed
This is the single most important decision you can make when it comes to your kid’s bedroom. It’s not just going to affect the way it looks, but also how this room is used too (although we would say how it looks probably edges it in terms of priority). Obviously, the most popular route to go down is the single bed option, but even that opens up an entirely awesome can of worms in itself. That’s why you should always start by taking your kid’s passion and start from there. If their passion is having friends over, not only is that totally adorable, but it could mean you get a bunk bed – or even a three sleeper – that will let them indulge this. If they love getting a little bit creative with arts and crafts, then why not have one of those bunk beds with a desk under it that will let them embrace the right-hand side of their brain. If they have an actual obsession – tractors, princesses, boats, fairy tales, tree houses – then why not incorporate this into the bed. There are plenty of companies that cater for such ideas, but it is just as easy to dip into the DIY bucket and do something yourself.
What’s Life Without A Little Splash Of Color
Another hugely important decision you need to make is what colors you are going to use in this room. The great thing about this tough-to-make-decision is your kid can pretty much decide for you. If you’re worried that they are going to ask for something totally out of the ordinary, like a tie-dye theme, then perhaps stick to a neutral base – white, gray or magnolia – and then let them play around with the accent colors. This is where you can have some real fun because, in a kids room, accent colors don’t have to mean lampshades and throw cushions. No way. It can be window shutters that cover every color of the rainbow, like these ones found at https://www.blind-curtain.com/shade/custom-plastic-rainbow-venetian-blinds, which will make every sunrise that much more magical. It can be having a funky rug that erupts with that little bit of razzmatazz. It can be a crazy duvet set, or some artwork that grabs them by the imagination while also educating them (think alphabet and nursery rhymes), as well as curtains and wallpapers and all that sort of thing.
Give This Space An Added Layer Of Interest
Special features are what makes this room such a special place, and such a joy to decorate. What’s more, you can add a little place of interest in everything you do. Let’s say part of your bedtime routine is to read a story (or three) together. Instead of just sitting on their bed or in a chair, why not have somewhere interesting to indulge in a bit of storytelling, like a giant bean bag, in which you can discover more at www.sackdaddy.com. Let them do that childish thing of drawing on the walls by painting an entire wall with blackboard paint. Put a teepee in the corner where they can go to escape the hardships of life. Have easy to access bookshelves that will allow them to pick their favorite reads without having to ask you. Create that special corner that is one-hundred percent committed to toys and nothing else. The more interest you can create the more they will enjoy spending time here, and that is what you want. You want them to be able to entertain themselves because it is such an important quality.
Don’t Forget About The Boring Stuff
We know we mentioned the importance of storage briefly, but we really did mean it. After all, no kid is going to enjoy their amazing bedroom if there is nowhere to put all their amazing bits and bobs and it is a perpetual bomb site. This blog is called overdue organizing for a reason, so we can’t possibly talk about your kid’s bedroom without mentioning some simple organisational tips on some level. The reason it is so paramount is that children collect so many bits, that it all needs to go somewhere. Your best bet is to have open shelves and built-in storage that doesn’t encroach on the space too much. However, it is also a great idea to have some treasure chests and boxes that you can just stuff things in and hide them from plain sight. Have some order to the madness, though, by labeling each box so that your kids know where their bits are, but also know where they go too.
As you can probably tell, your kid’s room should be all about engagement, interest, and space. They are the three most important factors to constantly keep in mind. Get that right and the rest will follow suit, including that big smile on your child’s face.