If you’re a parent, you’ll know how often kids will change their minds about what they like and dislike. Food, clothes, television programmes, and even friends, can be in one day and out the next depending on their mood, and when it comes to their bedrooms, it’s no different. But decorating a bedroom can open up a whole new world of exciting design possibilities. It’s the perfect excuse to be bold, imaginative and creative in order to create a magical space for your little one.
Of course, you want your child’s bedroom to reflect their taste and allow them to express their personality, but you also need it to be flexible in order to successfully deal with the moment they inform you that they’ve decided their theme is just not cool anymore. Look for temporary ways to revamp their rooms, which can easily be swapped out or adapted. If you stick to neutral wall colours the opportunity opens up for you to make your own bunting to drape from the ceiling, make space for a feature wall with removable stickers or decals or create faux flower features that can be fixed to the walls using washi tape. All of which will brighten up the room without changing too much.
Soft furnishings are another way to give a bedroom a new lease of life and introduce a new trend because they don’t cost the earth. To stay in budget, why not make a few bits as well as buying – stitch a matching pair of curtains to hang up or weave a rag rug in complementing shades. Making your own lampshade is a great way to use up scrap material and get crafting with your children, too. Going back to temporary updates, you could sew up a few simple cushion covers in various colours for your child to pick and choose when they fancy.
Accessories like memo boards, wooden storage boxes and photo frames can be reinvented easily as your children get older so they are worth investing in. Photo frames can be decoupaged with pretty fabrics, storage boxes can be painted for pops of colour and memo boards are perfect for displaying party invitations, photographs and school achievements and will definitely add a splash of colour. If your child is particularly creative, set up a ‘creative corner’ and encourage them to fashion a scrapbook so their work can be turned into wall art or utilised to decorate the memo board.
Bookcases are one of the most important items to invest in for a child’s room (after the bed and good lighting) as shelving offers more space for your child to display their things and encourages reading. Bookcases don’t have to come with a hefty price tag either – search for one in second hand shops or market stalls and decorate as you see fit. It’s another opportunity for your child to put their stamp on their bedroom. Limit painting the bookcase crazy colours to the outer edges so when it comes round to repainting, only a small section of the case will require another coat.
If you’re thinking of updating your child’s room, then be sure to let us know of any crafty renovations you’ve made! Or pin your renovations to our board – we’d love to see them!