We’ve just had the kids’ rooms decorated, which meant long shopping trips and lots of design decision making with the kids. During this, I realised I prefer to leave the finer points to the professionals and got the painters in.
Coming up with inspiration was easy with the likes of Pinterest at my fingertips, however we were concerned about how to ensure the makeovers had longevity – I don’t want to do this all again in six months’ time!
If only I’d had the following advice from Joy Richards, Sleep Specialist at Happy Beds:
Happy Beds’ Top Decorating Tips for Kids’ Bedrooms
Invest in quality furniture
The basis for decorating any room should be quality, long-lasting furniture. Why? Well, let’s be honest, it’s going to be the most expensive thing you purchase for the room, so you don’t want to have to replace it any time soon.
Simple yet sturdy childrens beds are ideal for almost any design, whereas bunk beds for kids come in handy if your little ones share a room or are fond of sleepovers. Both of these will likely be singles which are 6ft 3in in length, meaning your child is very unlikely to ever outgrow them – even if they have a growth-spurt!
I personally love beds with built in shelves or storage underneath as this provides a great way to hide away everyday toys while allowing kids to proudly display key items. Pair with a matching wardrobe, chest of drawers and bedside table for coherent design and maximum storage.
Involve your kids in the decorating process
Okay, I’m obviously not suggesting you hand your child the power tools and send them up a ladder, however you can get them involved with making design decisions.
Take them shopping with you for bedding and other soft furnishings, and give them options to choose from, or why not ask them which of their favourite toys, books and artwork they’d like to display on their new shelving? You could even purchase some canvases and have them paint pictures for their walls.
Having input in the design of their own room will give your child ownership of the space and they’ll will be more likely to take pride of the space and keep it looking its best for longer.
Don’t go crazy with colours or patterns on the walls
It’s not unusual for little ones to ask for a bedroom redesign based on the current fad they’re into. When I was younger, I had a dolphin themed bedroom, however characters from popular TV shows and films seem to more in demand these days.
And, although there’s Spiderman and Frozen wallpapers out there on the market, trust me a year or two down the line when you’re stood there with a steam stripper in your hand, you’ll regret ever agreeing to the theme. We’d also recommend staying away from bold paint colours like purple or red, as they can take dozens of coats of emulsion to cover.
Instead implement a theme through soft furnishings and accessories, or even wall stickers. That means, if your child grows out of the décor, you can update it simply and cheaply with a few quick swaps.
Do you have any design advice?
If you’ve been there, done that, or will be grabbing that paintbrush soon, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
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