Designing your own room is one thing, but designing your child’s room is a whole new task. Children’s tastes can be very unpredictable, and your job is to find a theme that can suit their changing moods. Often, the task proves costly and time-consuming.
So how do you decorate your child’s room? First of all, don’t think of it as a daunting task-consider it a chance to show your playful side. With a few good ideas, you can turn your child’s room into a personal haven while barely breaking a sweat. Read on to find out how.
Let them decide. Allow your child, with a little guidance, to decide on room colors, curtain designs, and other accessories. If you can’t agree on a wall color, here’s what you can do: use their chosen color on two opposite walls, and paint the rest in a neutral or contrasting shade. You can also use beige area rugs or other accessories muted shades. This lets you both have your way without sacrificing room aesthetics.
Give it a function/s. For children, bedrooms are more than a place to sleep. Some use it as a playroom, others as a study area, others as a place to entertain their friends. The best setup for a growing child is a multi-functional room that accommodates all their interests. Use area rugs to define areas in the room. Kids area rugs now come in various designs, so let them take their pick.
Splurge on storage. Kids tend to have a lot of stuff, so storage is essential to their room design. But plain old storage will not do; you need accessible storage that your child can organize on his own. Avoid shelves and cabinets more than one foot taller than your child-chances are they won’t be using the top levels much. For toys, large floor baskets are usually a better choice. Place some braided area rugs under them to add color and make storing toys seem less like a task.
Choose furniture wisely. The main pieces of furniture for a child’s room are a bed, desk, side table, and a closet or dresser. Chances are they’ll need more furniture as they grow up, so don’t fill the room just yet. Focus on getting safe and durable pieces that will last hours and hours of play. Instead of upholstery, consider using slipcovers for the seating. This makes cleaning up spills a lot simpler, and lets you change the colors according to your child’s tastes.
Put safety first. Safety should always be on top of your list when it comes to decorating your child’s bedroom. Carpeting is the best protection against falls and bumps, especially for toddlers. As they get more coordinated, you can move on to smaller area rugs that suit their own tastes. Make sure all the furniture is firmly installed, and keep all electrical outlets out of reach. If your child is prone to allergies, avoid synthetic fabrics-wool area rugs and organic cotton drapes are usually the safest bets.