Designing the ultimate young kids room does not have to be a difficult task, nor does it have to lack style and sophistication or have to revolve around the three primary colours as many do. One of our favourite challenges is putting together style elements to create a child’s bedroom that will be used for many years to come and not need to be updated regularly as your child'interests change! It is easy to simply replace the quilt cover throughout the stages in life instead of carrying out an entire room make over. Here are a few simple ways to create a stylish kids bedroom that will grow with them.
1 - select long term functional furniture
Your child might be all about race cars and lego at the moment, but in a few years time his tastes will change dramatically. Instead of opting for the Big Red Car bed today, invest in pieces of furniture for your child’s room that are ‘age neutral’ and will grow with the child into adulthood. Not only will you save yourself a lot of money and time in updating furniture, you will create a stylish space regardless of age.
2 - Consider the functionality of the room
By thinking about what needs your child has and how your child will live in their bedroom will allow you to create the ultimate space taking into consideration what is actually required. Here are some questions to ask yourself:
Will this space only be used to sleep in? Or will it be a playroom too?
Do I need to consider a study area or reading space?
Is toy storage required?
3 - use a neutral base colour palette
We always begin with a neutral colour on the walls. This option is very non-committal and will mean that you won’t have to painstakingly paint over a bright coloured feature wall in the future, but rather only change the decor used in the room to achieve a new look and feel. Removable vinyl wall decals are a great alternative to creating a painted feature wall.
4 - add textures and colours
We are loving the use of simple display boxes like those pictured below from Adairs. These are a great way to display key decor pieces that can be easily changed as interests evolve.
Build your room around a key piece - whether that is a piece or artwork or some decor items like these planes. You can then use the colours that are featured in that piece throughout the room. Colours we are loving this season for boys are shades of blues and mustard and emerald or forest green .
5 - Demonstrate restraint
It is very easy for children to become overwhelmed and overstimulated by bright, bold colours and vast amounts of objects and decor in their bedrooms. This can result in poor sleep and difficulty to wind-down before bedtime. Ultimately, the bedroom is a place for your child to fall asleep and have a great night’s rest. Use restraint in the displaying of toys and various colours and decor in the bedroom. Opt for a small selection of toys to be displayed in a tasteful way. Try not to let the excitement of decorating your child’s bedroom take away from the main purpose of the bedroom - sleep is key.
Implement these simple steps when decorating your child’s bedroom or contact us today to discuss your styling needs.