When the time comes to put away the cot and changing table and decorate a child’s bedroom, many parents face a seemingly daunting task. A child’s bedroom is so much more than simply the place where they sleep, it is often also their playroom and sanctuary, a place in the family home that is theirs, where their personality and likes can be displayed. The key to success, when decorating a child’s bedroom, is to make the room fun and appealing to the child, while ensuring the environment is safe and that the design does not break the bank.
The ways in which a child’s bedroom can be decorated are limited only by the parent’s imagination. Focusing on certain elements, such as furniture, paint and linen colours and accessories, all with an eye toward the safety of the child, will put parents well on the way to success.
Personality and participation
Depending on the age of the child, and while parents should ultimately decide what the final design would be; it is a good idea to let him or her participate in the decorating process. Taking the time to sit down and allowing them to pick out colours and choose a theme is a great way to include the child in the decorating process, while retaining complete control of the final scheme.
It is also important for parents to consider their child’s personality when designing and decorating their bedroom. After all, this is the child’s room, so the décor should reflect his or her character. Discussing the design with the child, finding out about their likes and dislikes, as well as if they have a favourite theme in mind, will put the parents on a fairly secure footing going into the decorating project.
Selecting the palette
The colour scheme should be settled at an early stage. The secret to successfully painting a child’s room it to select a colour or colours that will be flexible enough to last for several years, yet specific and co-ordinating with the chosen theme.
The type of paint is another important issue. If the child is young, a good quality stain resistant paint, in a washable semi-gloss finish, may be the best bet. Low-odour paint is also a good option, since many paints emit strong smelling and sometimes, toxic fumes.
Piece by piece
In addition to having a good quality mattress with firm support, furniture choices in the bedroom should be functional, not easily damaged and flexible enough to last for several years. Other pieces that are typical found in a child’s bedroom include a desk and chair, other chairs and floor pillows, as well as storage pieces and shelving.
Especially large bedrooms may benefit from the addition of a small sofa or sofa sleeper. Even recliner sofas, many of which are easy to clean, add great seating options to a child’s bedroom.
Safe and sound
When designing a child’s bedroom, nothing is more important than their safety. As children grow, they spend extended periods of time on their own in their bedrooms, as they learn to play independently. Securing shelves and other units to the walls firmly and fitting the electrical sockets with protective plug guards are just some of the features that can be added to protect the little ones.