If your kids’ rooms have had the same décor since the children were babies, it might be time to given them an updated look. Here are some tips for designing and decorating kids’ rooms.
Getting your kids involved in designing the new room is the best way to ensure a positive reaction from them. After all, your kids will be the ones spending the most time in the room, so it’s only fair that they get a say in the decision-making process. When kids help to design and decorate their own room, they have more motivation to look after it and keep it clean and tidy, as the room is a source of pride for them.
If you don’t know where to start with designing a room that will appeal to kids, why not choose a theme – or ask your kids to pick one? Popular themes for girls’ rooms include Disney princesses, Barbie and animals. Meanwhile, boys often prefer themes such as cars, robots or their favourite superhero. But you don’t have to stick to these gender stereotypes: if you have a little tomboy or a boy who is in touch with his feminine side, he or she might prefer a theme more commonly associated with the other gender. And that’s okay! Whatever theme your child chooses is an expression of his or her fabulous personality.
Kids are usually attracted by bright colours and bold patterns. When decorating for kids, stay away from neutral grown-up tones that your kids will find boring. Instead opt for bold pinks, bright blues and sunshine yellows – but avoid anything too dark as it will make the room seem dim and dreary.
Murals, stencils, hand-printing and wall vinyl stickers are all fun ways of adding exciting patterns to the walls of a child’s room. Wall vinyl stickers come in a wide range of designs and are easy to apply. If you decide to try stenciling simple patterns such as butterflies or hearts, do a practice run first on a piece of card before using your skills on the wall.
Storage space is essential in kids rooms. Supply your kids with storage boxes for their toys and a closet for their clothes so that the floor stays clear. Storage boxes printed with pictures that appeal to kids are available to buy, or you can make your own kid-friendly storage space by covering boring plain boxes with old comics or patterned gift wrap.
Remember to keep it safe! Kids’ rooms should never contain sharp edges, for example on the edges of tables or shelving. When choosing furniture, look for rounded corners that won’t hurt so much if your little ones accidentally knock into them.
When choosing flooring, you need to make a practical compromise between comfort and something that won’t stain. Although wood floors are easy to clean, they can be slippery. Modern carpets made of polypropylene fibres are highly stain-resistant and soft on your children’s feet.
However you plan to decorate your kids’ room, get them involved in the decorating process. Decorating can be a lot of fun for kids, and they will love seeing their new room begin to take shape. Drape old sheets over parts of the room that you want to keep clean, supply your kids with paintbrushes, and let them help with the job – but remember to keep them under strict supervision at all times.
[message type=”simple”]Guest post contributed by Mike Gracia on behalf of Fashion For Home. Mike is a freelance writer with extensive experience in interior design. To find out more about FashionForHome.co.uk, visit their website.[/message]
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