Interiors: Designing a dreamy child’s bedroom

When it’s time to decorate your child’s bedroom, it doesn’t have to be a choice between creating a fun room and a practical room.  Neither does it have to be creative and cool, or affordable.  It can be both. You can design the ideal bedroom and make it easy to change as they grow.  Just follow these straightforward steps.

Sweet dreams

You’ll want to create a dedicated sleeping space to help with peaceful nights.  Set out the bed for sleep, with toys kept in a separate part of the room.  Distractions such as televisions and tablets are best avoided. But other distractions such as too much light coming in through the window can also be a problem.  Blackout blinds are a practical and inexpensive solution to this.

Provide space to play

Make a space, separate from the bed, where your child can play and use their imagination.  Teepee tents are growing in popularity for bedrooms, as they create a fun den to play in.  Beds with space underneath for playing and creating dens are also a great option.  These can be adapted into study space when your child gets a bit older.

Make it adaptable

So, how do you decorate to make a room adaptable?  You might think the cost to wallpaper a room with your child’s latest obsession might not be too bad, but what about when they outgrow it for something new?  And that can happen all too quickly.  

A savvier way to decorate might be to keep the walls painted in a neutral colour.  Then, hang picture frames featuring your child’s favourite images to add some colour.  The pictures inside the frames can then be updated quickly and cheaply as fads change.

Create a toy display

Another way to brighten up plain walls is to create a fun toy display.  Again, this is easy to adapt and update with new toys as your child begins to grow.  Floating shelves come in an array of shapes and sizes, and these can be arranged on the walls however you like.  These are far more adaptable than a traditional bookcase.   

Encourage education

As well as playtime, you might want to encourage more educational activities too.  Reading nooks are not just for adults.  A comfy over-sized beanbag and a brightly painted bookshelf, along with a novelty children’s lamp, will help make reading more fun.

 

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