So, you’ve decided to go for it and re-decorate your child’s bedroom. But, before you get carried away collecting fabric swatches and pouring over paint charts, you may want to consider the following:
Put down the glue gun, forget the Pinterest-pretty picture frames and ignore the Instagrammable wall murals, the number one thing you need to think about before you start decorating is storage. There is no point have a beautifully designed bedroom if you can’t put anything away. There are lots of storage options to choose from, ranging from midsleeper beds with built-in storage systems to gorgeous storage boxes, you really are spoilt for choice.
Whilst your little one may be obsessed with Paw Patrol at the moment, remember that these passions can be just as quickly replaced by the next best thing. So, whilst it may be tempting to adorn their new bedroom walls with pictures of the Paw Patrol gang, try to resist and instead choose neutral colours which can last for a long time. You can then choose accessories, such as lamp shades, rugs or duvets, to add your child’s chosen theme, as these are cheaper and easier to replace when needed.
Choosing furniture for your child’s bedroom can be incredibly fun. You may decide to go for a more uniformed look, in which case, choosing a matching furniture range will give the room a cohesive feel. Or perhaps you might want to try your hand at a bit of up-cycling, giving your old furniture a brand-new look. Whatever you choose, try to ensure the furniture you use is the right size for your child. This means that everything is easy to reach for them, and will help encourage their independence and allow them to be able to do things unaided, such as picking their outfit and dressing themselves for the day ahead.
The bed is the focal point of the room, so choosing the right one is integral to getting the look and feel you want. Involve your child in the picking process, this will help them feel excited and proud of their new room. The options are endless, so it might be best to give them a small selection to choose from so they don’t get overwhelmed (and you don’t break the bank!). Toddler beds make a good transition from cot to big kid’s bed, or they may be more interested in a bunk bed and the sleepover opportunities it offers.
Depending on the size of the room, you may want to consider designating an area of the new bedroom to play. This is especially helpful if you are fed up of tripping over toys and treading on Lego in your living room. You could, perhaps, paint an area of the wall in blackboard paint, this allows your child to get creative with chalk, without you worrying about them drawing all over their newly painted walls. You could also add cushions and bean bags so you child also has a place to relax, unwind and read a book before bed. If possible, try to create definitive areas in the room, so your child understands that one section is for play, whilst the other (where the bed sits) is for sleeping.