With a little money and a lot of creativity, you can transform your child’s room into something magical. Decorating a kids’ room doesn’t mean you have to scrimp on style. In fact, it opens up a whole new world of exciting design possibilities, even for small spaces. Decorating children’s bedrooms can be a challenge, considering that the rooms will need to grow and change as they mature. To make sure you don’t end up with a style that your child is going to quickly outgrow, follow some simple steps.
Always start with paint, a new color creates a whole new look. Choose a soothing wall color, like lavender, that gives a room an ease-into-sleep feel.
Choose flexible furnishings. Go with a style of furniture that has simple lines. A bed that’s shaped like a race car is great for a 7-year-old, but when he’s 13 it’s going to be time to buy new furniture. Daybeds and oak wood are wonderful choices in furniture, since they work well with any color and can be used for a child at any age.
Kids are collectors, so make collecting easy. Pictures and postcards don’t always have to be stuck to a cork board. Try hanging them from strings in front of a window or clipping them to a string along the wall to create an interactive border in a room.
For inexpensive wall art, frame your child’s artwork or images from old book, calendar, or greeting card. Call them temporary wall tattoos and let your kid have fun decorating their room in a way you know you won’t have to fix later.
Be sure to include multiple kinds of lighting in a kid’s room. Overall lighting is a necessity but so is a reading light. It may even help them find the bathroom in the middle of the night.
Carve out a play area with plenty of materials to spark imagination, like clothing items for dress-up.
If you have a small furniture budget, iron beds are so much cheaper than wood. Or use the mattress up against the wall and have Euro pillows all around the wall to give the illusion of a day bed.
Let the kids have a say. Allow them to be creative and express their own personality by allowing them to choose some of the furnishings and colors in their bedroom. Their private space will become a place that reflects their personality – and they might even keep it clean.