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How to design the perfect kid’s bedroom

No matter if they are two, five, ten or in their teens, decorating a child’s bedroom can be trickier than many people expect it to be. There is a very delicate balance involved, in creating a room that both you and your child will be happy with for years to come.

While of course every child (and every room for that matter) is different we think there are a few general guidelines which apply to all…

 Image credit: Farrow & Ball . Wall: Cook’s Blue® No.237, St Giles Blue® No.280, Stiffkey Blue® No.281 & Lulworth Blue® No.89 Modern Emulsion.

Stick to a soothing colour scheme

Whether you opt for painting or wallpapering the walls of your child’s bedroom, we think it’s best to go for a serene neutral or pastel colour. Intense colours such as purples, reds and bright pinks have been proven to inhibit a good night’s sleep. Therefore go for a soft and soothing neutral or pastel colour scheme.

Letting your child get that wallpaper or mural of their favourite cartoon character can be a risky business, while they may appreciate it a first. They may find that having Megatron starring at them while they try to sleep gets a little scary.

Sticking to a more grown up colour scheme also means that you also won’t have to constantly pay for the room to be redecorated every few years as they grow up. You can always inject a bit more of a childish vibe into the room using posters, prints and stickers to decorate the walls.

 Image credit: Little Folks Furniture . £595.

Invest in super-childish furniture at your own peril

Similar to the childish colour schemes, that race car or bed with slide may not always be to your child’s taste as they get older. So  before you invest in it, ask yourself if you think your child will still be love it a few years down the road, or will they become a bit embarrassed by it when they have friends come for sleepovers.

If you do go for a bed or other item of furniture specifically marketed to children, check the quality of its manufacture. They can be cheaply knocked together and may not last all that long. A better solution might to be pick up a simple wooden bed perhaps with a slide out bed beneath for sleepovers as seen in the picture above.

Horizontal view of designed teenage boy room

Eschew fads for interests

Whether it’s the latest superhero film they’ve been obsessed with for maybe three months or that girlband that’s been in the charts for the past year. The chances are it’s just a fad like so many other things. This again means that cementing your child’s adoration for this thing in their room can be a risky business.

On the other hand if your child has any genuine hobbies, perhaps an after-school class or other interest whether it be karate, music or maybe even something like astronomy, think about a way you could include that passion in the room’s decor. As with these things, there’s far less chance of your child losing interest in a few months time (though it may still happen).

 Image credit: Little Folks Furniture . £200

There’s no such thing as too much storage

While it’s true that probably any room in home could do with more storage, it’s the little’uns who really need it the most. While, the rest of the household has the whole home to use for storage,, children are mostly confined to storing their toys, books, clothes and other items in their room. This means they need plenty of clever storage solutions to keep the room tidy and useable.

Shelving, cupboards and under-bed storage space should all be utilised as much as possible. Remember that there’s also need for extra space to store things such as toys and clothes, which your child may no longer use but does not want to part with just yet, or you’re waiting for it to be suitable for a younger sibling to take possession of.

Picture of simple white study area in teenager room

Add a work space

Even if your child is still very young and does not get any homework yet, creating a desk space where they can write, read and draw is a good idea. It will encourage them to pursue some more cerebral pursuits in their free time. It also helps to prevent dividing the room up into distinct zones, which can help with concentration. This is better than your child working on their homework from their bed, for example, as this could lead to them associating their bed with a stressful activity and make it difficult for them to sleep.

One last thing…

Perhaps more important than any single design choice is that your child is excited about their new bedroom. Ideally they will be living in this room for many years, so if they’re not happy you could have a big problem on your hands a little way down the line. Ask them their opinion or give them a few choices of options you would be happy with. Not only could creating a new kid’s room add an extra element to your home, it could also serve as a fabulous opportunity for you to bond with your child and create a memory that will last a lifetime.

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