Decorating your kid’s room does not have to be complicated or expensive. Instead, the focus should be on creating a room that fulfils the needs of the child and suits their personality. Whether you are creating a cozy bedroom for a toddler or a fun environment for a school-age child, you can use your imagination and these interior design tips to ensure that the room is a safe space for your child to feel inspired.
#1: Communicate their personality
As a parent, you know that your kid’s room is strictly for them to enjoy. A bedroom should be more than just a functional space for sleeping or playing. Their bedroom is their sanctuary to escape to when they need some alone time.
The older the child, the more you can allow them to provide input on what the room design and interior looks like. While you have a blank canvas to play with when it comes to a baby’s nursery, older children may have very definite ideas and preferences when it comes to colours or themes.
Theme rooms can be a fun way to bring personality to any kid’s room. From Peppa Pig to Paw Patrol or unicorns to superheroes, why not include some of your child’s favourite characters in the room design through accessories (bedlinen, posters, etc.), paint palettes or even a wallpaper border? Older children will appreciate a room that reflects their individuality, perhaps with their initials or full name as wall art.
#2: Create a cozy den
Kids love making dens for snuggling up with friends, playing with teddies, reading books (or being read to), chilling out and even for sleeping in late. Help your child spark their imagination by creating a comfy hideout in the corner of the room.
Tents and teepees have become a popular design element in kid’s rooms that combine practicality and style. If you don’t want to buy an off-the-shelf solution, you can improvise with leftover fabric, an old curtain or spare blankets, all draped imaginatively to create a cozy play den. Fill the cave with pillows and fluffy blankets, perhaps add dolls and a tea set, and voilà, you’ve created a space that your kids will love to spend their time.
Older children will appreciate a designated book nook. A book nook is a place that’s perfect for losing yourself in a story. Inspire your child’s love of reading and stock up on children’s literature, old and new. From traditional fairy tales to the Chronicles of Narnia or Harry Potter, place books within easy reach and watch your kids’ imagination take flight.
#3: Add an element of learning to a kid’s room
Kids’ brains are like little sponges soaking up knowledge without even trying. Children learn all of the time, not just at school or nursery, but through play. It’s never too early to satisfy their natural curiosity for learning. To help, have age-appropriate learning material and resources available.
When it comes to choosing a room decor, why not include an educational element that is also fun to look at? Alphabet prints and letter wall art, posters showing the animal kingdom or the natural world around us. There are countless ways that you can add an element of learning to a kid’s room.
Take the cue from your child’s unique interests to create a bedroom that resonates with their desire for learning. Make sure you refer to the decor by pointing and practicing the names of the animals, the letters on the wall and the nursery rhyme characters.
#4: Leave some room to grow
Children and their parents may have wildly different style preferences when it comes to interior design, so it can become tricky to find common ground. But one way to minimize disagreements is to meet halfway, by painting walls in a muted and stylish colour. From there, you can add interest and personality through accessories and toys.
In a kid’s room, cute wall art with graphical or painted motifs is easy to paint over when your child is looking for a change. Toys, pictures, soft furnishings and lighting fixtures may be more comfortable and quicker to update or swap over as your child gains new interests or needs. Practical shelving and versatile storage solutions can grow with the child. That way, the decor has greater longevity than if you commit wholeheartedly to a, say, dinosaur theme that your little one may have outgrown in a year.
Make it easy for yourself to adapt the room to the changing needs of your growing child so that space remains a haven but also a place where they get to express their creativity, playfulness and individuality.