When confronted with home decor issues like designing a children’s bedroom you have to remember that unlike adult bedrooms they are used a lot more during the day and for lots of reasons. You need it to be able to cater for daytime activities as well making it a nice, comfortable place to sleep. Achieving the right balance can be tricky but not impossible.
As children can quickly get fed up with or outgrow certain interests (dinosaurs, princesses etc.) it is best to stick with one plain color on the walls. This can then act as a background for a few themed items and means if a child outgrows an interest the walls are something you do not have to change. Although you may prefer neutrals children often like something a bit brighter; try to avoid colors that are too vivid though as this can be over-stimulating at bedtime. An affordable way to create a theme is with peel off borders and stick-on motifs. A child interested in ballet could have ballerina borders and stickers and then, if they decide ballet is no longer for them, they simply peel off of the wall.
When children share a room it can be even harder to know how to decorate. Two adjacent walls painted one color and the other two painted in a contrasting color is the perfect way to help children feel they have their own space by creating their own little corner. Bedding to match their wall color can bring it all together.
As mentioned, children’s bedrooms usually double as a playroom so when choosing the flooring it should be something comfortable to sit on and easy to clean. Carpet tiles, rubber or cushioned sheet vinyl all offer a great playing surface. If you prefer carpet, go for a synthetic short pile carpet as this will be a lot easier to maintain. Wood laminate is really easy to clean but can be noisy but a rug or two can help soften this.
Many of us rely on the bedside lamp for our bedroom lighting but multi-purpose children’s bedrooms need to be well lit everywhere. This is especially true for older children as they will often use their bedroom for homework. Adjustable desk lamps or spotlights are a good idea for them. Younger children can benefit from bedside lighting that can be dimmed to help create a relaxing atmosphere. Make sure any lighting fixtures or fittings in a young child’s room are tamper proof or are completely out of reach; touch sensitive lights are a safe choice.
From about 5 years old children will begin to have preferences for certain colors so getting them involved in the decorating decisions will help create a room everyone is happy with. It also makes them feel grown up and important when they feel included in decision making. Although you shouldn’t give in to their every whim do try and go for what they would like if possible as the most important thing is that they feel comfortable in their room. Plus, if your child’s idea of heaven is really not your taste the chances are they will soon outgrow it meaning you won’t have to put up with it too long!