Decorating a child’s bedroom can be a fun adventure, but at times it is difficult to know where to get started. While it should reflect the child’s age, interests and personality it also needs to be functional and easy to organize according your family’s individual needs and rhythm. I recently redecorated both my children’s bedrooms due to a change in our family’s structure and learned some tips and points to consider that will help me the next time I tackle this project.
Evaluate the available space before jumping in. Usually not nearly as large as the home’s master bedroom, it can be a challenge to work with the smaller space and keep the room as uncluttered as possible. Starting with paint, choose a color that will open up the room. White is not the only option, but can be a practical choice if you are planning on changing the bedroom decor fairly option and would like to leave the walls the same color and just change the border or trim. How many windows does the bedroom have? If the child’s bedroom is lacking in an abundance of natural light, pastel colored bedding and white furniture will help to brighten the room.
Consider the functionality the room needs to provide. Does your child have a separate playroom for toy storage and playtime? If so, there may not be a strong need for the child’s room to contain more than the basics by way of bedroom furniture. Likewise, if the bedroom is the child’s primary indoor play area, necessary storage containers must be woven into the decor to make organization and clean up less stressful. Chalkboard paint is easy to apply to the walls and is great to give your child’s room a small area for creativity. It is also far less space consuming than a traditional easel.
Think outside the box when choosing the theme and colors for your child’s bedroom. I do not believe in subscribing to the old pink for girls and blue for boys when choosing colors for your child’s bedroom. After two miscarriages, I truly felt my older daughter was sent from the heavens. I decorated her first bedroom in our home in french blue and yellow and stenciled moons and stars all around the perimeter by the ceiling. I had more than one person tell me, “This is not a bedroom for a little girl.” My response? “Yes, it is because a little girl lives in it.”
Do not get stuck on what is traditional simply because it’s always been done. Your child’s bedroom decor should reflect the individuality of the child. Not every girl needs to have a princess room and not every boy needs a sports theme.
How permanent should the decor be? Does the bedroom’s decor need to “grow” with the child? If the plan is for your child’s bedroom to be their’s for more than a few years, doing anything too permanent in the room may not be wise or cost efficient. Spending hundreds of dollars on a custom wall mural of Spongebob Squarepants this year may be just the thing that your child hates about the room as outgrows his passion for the cartoon. Children’s tastes are fickle and change constantly while growing up, so allow for easy changes to reflect the child’s changing interests. Small stencils can easily be painted over. Removable wall paper accents are easy to apply and even easier to remove when it is time for a change.
Be creative with items you already have in your home. Baskets, bowls, vases and picture frames that you already own can add flair with a little creativity and imagination. You can starch a character beach towel that you already have and place in a large poster frame for a fun wall hanging. Make a collage with your child’s artwork or personal photos. Use buttons, dried flowers and vacation mementos to dress up a bulletin board or a piece of furniture that was previously used somewhere else in the home. Unfinished wood items such as shelves, storage boxes, benches and coat racks are relatively inexpensive at your local craft store and can be personalized with a little paint, stenciling or wallpaper adhesives.
Choosing your child’s bedroom decor and then transforming the room can be done little by little as time and money allows. Hopefully this article gave you a step in the right direction. Enjoy the fun project it can be!