If there is ever a room more suited to unleashing your creativity on, it is a child’s bedroom. But with so many choices in terms of decor, it is often hard to know where to begin. To help you get started we have included simple decorating ideas for creating children’s rooms that are fun, engaging, comforting and inspiring. And best of all, you don’t have to be a skilled tradesperson or spend a fortune to implement these ideas. These modern decorating ideas will have even the fussiest little camper jumping for joy.
Whist it may not be a carnival, adding a string of bunting or lights to a child’s bedroom always creates a festive atmosphere.
Painting a wall or door in blackboard paint or incorporating a freestanding blackboard, gives the child a sizable surface for expressing their creativity and practicing their ABC’s.
Decorating a single wall or all four walls with patterned wallpaper or oversized decals adds character and depth to a child’s bedroom. Nature inspired, graphic motifs look fresh and modern and can be mixed with other patterns.
Get creative with storage solutions. Wire baskets can serve as decorative storage and a bookcase can be transformed into a colourful display unit by lining the back of each shelf with colourful craft paper.
Doll houses have stood the test of time but who says you need to buy one. Transform a bookshelf or cardboard box with some washi tape to create one-of-a-kind doll houses that children will enjoy. And remember the doll house concept can be applied to miniature fire stations, police stations and rocket launchers etc.
If space permits incorporate a teepee. Children love feeling cocooned in small spaces. Teepee’s make perfect little dens, reading nooks or play stations, not to mention they look fabulous.
With a hammer and drill you can go one step beyond the teepee and make a miniature cubby house. Not only do these look ever so cool, they can be draped with fabric to create miniature play or sleep spaces that children will absolutely love.
Children love to play indoors as well as outdoors. A simple swing or a hopscotch grid taped onto the floor can create hours of fun.
Colourful artwork can help pull the room together but it need not be expensive. Create your own design with post-it-notes or from personal photos and postcards that you may have collected over the years.
Mixing the old with the new gives added character to a space. Introduce one or two vintage furniture and for maximum impact paint them in a bright colour.
Invest in a few basic frames to display your child’s artwork. Displaying your child’s art not only makes the child feel good about themselves, it also adds colour and personality to a bedroom. Instead of randomly displaying artwork around the room, group together pictures in a gallery style format for maximum impact or hang on a wire line like you would bunting. Replace / update the pictures as your child grows.
Large or small, old or new, maps add a touch of nostalgia to children’s’ rooms and help them gain a better understanding of where they are in the world. Whether it be a map covering the entire wall of a small map picture, you can’t go wrong with a map!
Don’t just think of standard bookshelves. Your shelving can double up as an art piece in the room. Create your own bespoke shelving from wooden boxes or MDF to compliment your design scheme.
Introduce plenty of storage but position it low so children can access it easily. One less excuse for them not to put things back where they belong!
Children have wild imaginations and so can you when designing a child’s room. How about using an old ladder as a bookshelf, some old wooden planks to create a cityscape or applying tape to the wall to create a city and frame a work zone?
No matter how big or small the space you are working with, it is important to try and create a work area. There are so many desk options around to suit every space – from the under bunk bed style desks to vintage school desks and modern desks. For limited spaces consider a narrow bench / console which can work well as a desk and occupy an unused space below a window.
All children want to feel safe and loved in their room and there is nothing more inviting than a smiling face cushion to help them feel at ease and slip off into a quiet sleep.
Happy decorating! We would love to hear from you and receive images of your decorating successes.