A child’s bedroom is their haven from the world, a space they can call their own and a place where they can relax, unwind or even rant and rave, safely! In order to make sure your child is happy in their own room it is essential to involve them in the decorating process. Not only will this mean they are more likely to appreciate and take care of the room; it also means it should be longer before they want it redecorated!
Take your child to the paint store and look at the paints with them. Ideally let them choose a few color swaths which you can take home to look at. They will probably go for an extremely bright color and you can choose to either use a pale version of it with the brightness included in the accessories, or to use the color they want and keep the rest of the room neutral.
Your kids’ bedroom does not need a theme! Instead encourage your child to express themselves on each of the walls by choosing different but not conflicting colors and themes. Allow them to pitch in and welcome their ideas too; this way they’ll end up loving to spend more time reading, sleeping or playing games in their personal environment.
Fabric & curtains
Fabric is incredibly versatile, you can create curtains, a cover for a door or chest, or even cover a headboard and make some cushions. There is a huge range of fabrics available, whether you choose off the roll or remnants. Your child should help you pick the fabrics which will be used in their room; they may even want to help create the accessories. As for the curtains, make sure the colors and patterns match with the color of the walls and furniture. Choose fun curtains that create balance, and make sure the material is qualitative and thick enough to provide shade in the summer.
It is usually very easy to find surplus letters, whether the cardboard ones which need covering in decoupage or the wooden ones which need to be painted. Locate the letters you need to make your child’s name and paint or cover the letters to create a stunning effect which can go in the room or even be fastened to the door.
Your child should help you to choose some of their favorite items. Preferably ones which they are not about to start using again! These belongings can be arranged as ornaments on specific shelves or other locations around the room. Alternatively you can stick the items into a frame or even turn them into a useful accessory such as hooks or a book stop.
Make a fun wall collage
The walls should be decorated with items that are special to your child. This may include pictures of the family. A nice touch is to pick one of the best pictures and have it blown up extra large and then split into three pieces and three frames. The pictures can be hung on the wall, next to each other to create a memory, talking point and a reminder of who they are. Alternatively you can encourage your child to make their own collage, using scrap bits and anything else they can find; you may be surprised at the result!
A recent trend is to paint one wall with chalk paint. This allows your child to use the wall as a giant chalkboard and they will be able to draw and write messages on this section of the wall. Depending upon the age of your child you may wish to make sure that they are aware that it is a special wall and not all walls can be colored in or drawn on.
Invest in smart furniture pieces
The furniture you choose for the bedroom should be long lasting and fit with the style of your child. Furniture should also be multipurpose where possible and be designed to grow with your child; you do not wish to be replacing it every year or two!
If your child helps to design their room they will enjoy spending time in there, and they won’t feel like prisoners any more every time you send them to bed.
By Davis Miller and VanessaArbuthnott.co.uk!