No matter your age, your bedroom is a special place. Nothing beats sleeping in your own bed or studying in your own room. For kids, having a room all to themselves is especially important. Whether they are 5 years old or 18 years old, kids need a space to call their own. The room needs to look good, but also be able to withstand years of use and abuse. There are some simple, easy, and effective ways to decorate a kid’s room that will make a big impact. With these tips and tricks, decorating a kid’s bedroom will be a breeze.
Let the Kids Help
Would you like it if someone designed your bedroom without talking to you about it? Probably not. So when designing a kid’s bedroom, let the kid help. They are the ones who are going to be living in the room, so it makes sense for them to have some input. That is not to say let the kid run wild and make every decision, but let them make some choices. Depending on the age of the kid, they may be able to make more complicated choices. If you are stuck between 2 paint colors, let the kid make the final call.
You can also involve your kid in any DIY projects for the room provided they are old enough. If some furniture needs to be painted, let the child take part. By letting them assist in the creation of their room, it gives them a sense of ownership and responsibility. They will also learn valuable life skills from participating in DIY projects; everyone should know how to sand and paint furniture, hang a picture, or alter a lampshade. The good news is that should something go wrong with a DIY project it is not the end of the world. Mistakes can even add character and charm to a space, so do not sweat the small errors.
Be Mindful of Growth
It may be tempting to indulge your child’s wishes for a themed room, but be mindful that their interests may drastically change in a few years. Your kid may love trains right now and swear to always love that novelty train shaped bed, but they may feel differently in a few years. Before you invest heavily in furniture, wall coverings, or other decoration that is heavily tied to a theme consider how that theme will age with your child. You do not want to be stuck with a child complaining about their room once their interests change. If your child is dead set on a super hero theme, for example, try themed bedding or hanging pictures rather than large furniture or permanent wall decor. Aim for decorations that will stand the test of time.
Don’t Neglect Storage Space
Everyone knows the old saying “a place for everything and everything in its place.” Having toys, books, and other objects scattered around a room is not good for anyone. It is much easier to find what you are looking for in a room that is properly organized. To keep things organized you need storage. Thankfully, you can be creative with storage solutions. There are some clever storage solutions, like boxes under the bed or a bookcase that doubles as seating, that will add to the decor of the room while being functional.
Removable Wall Decorations
Paint is the ultimate wall covering, but it is also time consuming and expensive. It is much easier and less expensive to choose a neutral paint color and change the decorations. Wall decals are essentially giant stickers that are safe to use on walls. These stickers come in a wide variety of designs so there is one to fit any room scheme. As your child grows older or becomes tired of the decals, it is easy to remove and replace the stickers.
Every bedroom has a closet, but little attention is ever paid to it. As an adult, using a closet is second nature because everything is the correct height and scale. As a child, closets are awkward and generally too big. Make your kid’s closet more kid friendly by bringing things down to their level. Hanging rods should be low enough that a child can reach them and add a step stool if height is still an issue. Add labels to drawers and shelves so your kid knows where their clothes belong.
Decorating a child’s bedroom can be quite fun. It is an opportunity to be creative and make a special space for your kid. Try to involve your child in the decoration process by allowing them to make a few decisions. Resist the urge to commit to a theme that would be hard to change down the road. Instead, opt for a neutral base with removable decorations that can change through the years. Do not forget to adjust the closet to suit your child as well. With these tips in mind, you are sure to make a wonderful room for your child.
Now that your room is designed, who is going to clean it? Here is a good list on At What Age Should Children Do Chores.
Gwen Lewis is a writer and makeup artist based in Southern California. Because of her passion for beauty and health, she hopes to help others not just look great but feel great, whether through makeup or her writing. In her free time, she enjoy shopping and pick-up soccer games with her friends.