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4 tips for decorating a kid’s bedroom:

Make your kid's space more fun with these tips.
By Expert Tips
Date: April 06 2022
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Decorating your child’s room can feel like a daunting task, especially when you’re trying to squeeze in it between the endless list of day-to-day things that keep you busy. Whether you’re deciding on a colour scheme, or trying to find furniture that will last the distance, there’s a lot to consider when it comes to decorating your child’s space. But with the right approach (and some careful planning), you can turn it into an activity that’s both fun and fulfilling for you and your child. From forward planning to getting your creative juices flowing, here are our 4 favourite tips for decorating your kid’s bedroom. 

#1 Make it unique 

Before you set out to decorate your child’s room, take a moment to really think about what might bring them joy. Not only is this a great way to generate some ideas, but you’ll end up with a room that really captures their personality. Start by writing down a list of some of their favourite things. A favourite animal or colour could be used as inspiration for decorations, whether it’s a painted feature wall, brightly-coloured furniture, or a themed wall decal. 

If your child is old enough, get them involved in the process. This will not only turn it into a fun activity (and a great way to keep them busy), but it will also help them take ownership over their space. Ultimately, by avoiding the urge to switch onto autopilot and just get the job done, you’ll reach an end result that is entirely unique to them. 

#2 Leave as much space as possible

When it comes to decorating your child’s room, it can be tempting to fill it with lots of things – from toys to decorations and beyond. Instead, you should try and leave as much space as possible. Not only will this give your child plenty of room to play, but you’ll also help keep clutter at bay. 

This approach also leaves space for your child to grow. If they develop a new hobby that involves equipment – like a musical instrument or sporting gear – they’ll have space for it in their room. Bedrooms inevitably fill with things over time, so starting with some space to spare gives you a head start. If your child has a small room, furniture choices can play an important role in maximising space. For example, a loft bed gives you back the space a bed would normally take up, creating an entirely new area for work or play. 

#3 Storage is your secret weapon 

Do yourself a favour and include as many storage options as possible when decorating your child’s room. Not only will this help with generating space, but it will make your life easier by allowing you to keep on top of clutter. Be savvy when it comes to storage options, whether it’s under-bed storage – perfect for quickly putting away toys when not in use – or hooks for hanging hats, coats and bags. There are plenty of hacks when it comes to storage solutions. Keep an eye out for furniture with inbuilt storage, like a bedframe with drawers, a desk with a hutch or an ottoman. 

Science shows that a messy room can really affect our state of mind, generating stress without us even realising it. By maintaining a tidier and more organised environment for your child, you can help them thrive.

#4 Keep the future in mind 

Last, but not least: think ahead. Whilst it can be daunting to imagine your little baby as a teenager, if you design their room with the future in mind, you’ll be able to avoid having to re-decorate too often. This means opting for timeless furniture that will suit them from their younger years, right through to when they’re ready to leave home. Wherever you can, opt for good quality furniture that can go the distance. 

This also applies to decorations and colour schemes. When creating that unique and brightly decorated room that’s perfect for your child, think about ways the space can age alongside them. This is where things like removable wall decals are a great option, because they can easily be peeled off when your child outgrows them. Be sure to also include a designated workspace in their room – complete with a shelf for books and stationery. Whilst a desk might only be used for puzzles and drawings to begin with, pretty soon it’ll be a staple for nightly homework.

By combining a splash of creativity with some savvy hacks, you’ll be sure to create a space that your child loves – just don’t forget to have fun!

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