Decorating a room for your young child is fun, especially if they are old enough to help make choices and get excited about it with you. Here are a few tips for creating a bedroom that your child will love to spend time in.
- Choose a theme that reflects their interests. Even if you are doing the decorating, your child’s room should reflect his or her unique interests. Pick a theme they’ll love, and then look for furniture, wall art, and accessories that will support it.
- Brighten the room. Young kids love bright colors, so choose a couple to go with the room’s theme. Not everything in the room should be these colors, as you will want to vary them to create visual interest, but you can still use color as a way to tie everything together. Also make sure the room is well lit, as even bright colors can seem dingy if the lighting isn’t adequate.
- Leave space to play. You want your children’s rooms to be somewhere they will want to play, so make sure there is enough open space to allow them to explore where their imaginations will take them. Whether they are laying train tracks or building a village for their dolls, kids love having enough room to play.
- Make it comfortable. Encourage quiet time and foster future reading habits by making sure your kids have a comfortable nook in their rooms where they can read, nap, daydream, or even just sit and play quietly. This could be a favorite chair, a window seat, or even an arrangement of bean bags, pillows, and stuffed animals in a corner of their room. A soft area rug can also make a room look more welcoming and give them a more comfortable floor to play on.
- Plan for organization. Set your kids up for success by planning rooms that will be easy to keep clean. Cube shelves and bins provide a place for all their toys and art supplies, while hooks give them places to hang things rather than leaving them on the floor or thrown over a chair. Be sure to also leave a few empty bins or drawers where they can keep treasured artwork and other keepsakes.
- Let them personalize it. Once you’ve done all the planning and decorating, take a step back and let your child make it their own. Even better, help your kids personalize their rooms. For instance, you can hang bulletin boards where they can display their artwork and pin favorite photographs.
- Create a room that will grow with your child. Kids’ tastes and interests can change frequently as they get older. Unless you want to be repainting and redecorating all the time, keep this in mind when you decorate their rooms. For instance, rather than painting the walls bright colors to match a favorite cartoon, choose a neutral color and focus your decorating efforts on wall art you can hang up now and remove when they’ve outgrown the current theme.
If you feel like things aren’t going as smoothly as you’d like them to, though, don’t stress. Plans and designs don’t always look the same in reality as they did in our heads. If a shelf doesn’t look the way you’d like, it can always be painted, moved, or replaced. Remember that kids’ rooms will change over time to reflect their changing interests and growing personality. Ultimately, it’s not you that makes the room perfect, it’s your child!