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Decorating your child’s room

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Decorating your child’s room

While it might be desirable to decorate adult boudoirs in soft, muted colours conducive to sleep, a child’s bedroom is really a combined sleeping and playing space, and to accommodate both these activities a different approach is needed. Colours, for example, can be brighter and more cheerful and in the bedrooms of toddlers and younger children, stylish curtains and feature lighting can be used to great effect to signal the end of playtime and the beginning of the time for sleep.


Children often develop favourites among storybook or television characters, and demand bedrooms that are fit for pirates, princesses or their current superhero. This can be a great inspiration for a décor that is different, and smart designers will decorate at least one wall of a bedroom in suitable paint colours that can act as a background to the child’s personal preferences, as these colours are relatively easily changed.

For example, it makes more sense to let accessories such as eye-catching bedding, toys, posters and cushions reflect a child’s current enthusiasm than to have to give the whole room a makeover every six months or so because the wallpaper sporting teddy bears or dinosaurs is now too ‘young’ for the new passion of dragons or ponies.

Furniture and storage

Most children become very attached to their bed – it is of central importance in their room and they use it during the day for play as well as at night. For safety reasons children’s beds are usually best in a corner and up against a wall, and this is particularly the case with bunk beds. When buying a bed for a child it can be tempting to go for a cheap option but on balance it makes more sense in the long run to select high quality furniture that will tolerate several years of active play, not forgetting occasional use of the child's mattress as a trampoline!

Ensuring that lots of storage is at child height in a child’s bedroom means that the youngster will be more inclined to help clear up toys and clothes when required. The same is true of tables and chairs – they should be at child height and made of sturdy material. There are lots of attractive colours in both wooden and plastic furniture available that are comfortable and functional as well as good to look at.

Building in sufficient storage in a child’s bedroom means it’s possible to keep the bed clear of unnecessary clutter and this has the advantage of making it always accessible. After all, for several years toddlers need afternoon naps so it’s sensible to ensure the bed is the focal point of the room and freely available.

 Create an art gallery

When decorating, try using chalkboard paint on a lower section of wall in a child’s bedroom to create instant art gallery potential – children will love to draw and write on it. Another area can be home to a corkboard or notice board allowing them to pin up and admire their favourite pictures. Encourage a child to participate in designing their room décor by offering removable wall transfers in a variety of shapes and patterns as their very own decorating tool. This will promote their sense of involvement and ownership of the finished bedroom.

19th March 2013, 10:25
Page updated 19th Mar 2013, 10:25
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