Creating a stylish kid’s bedroom can be a tricky business. While it’s tempting to let your imagination go wild with big bold prints and bright, neon colors, too much creativity can be almost as bad as too little. There’s a fine balance between creating a fun place for your kids to play, sleep, and study, and one that looks like Coco the Clown has had a hand in the design. Here, we take a look at ten tips to create the kid’s bedroom to end all kid’s bedrooms.
1. Make A Plan
Make a plan of action before you even start looking at paint samples. If space is limited, consider whether you need the room to be multi-functional, and decide exactly what kinds of designated areas need to be created. Along with a sleeping area, do you also need to have a specific spot for their hobbies or for them to study? How much space do you need for their toys and clothes? Could you potentially combine two different spaces in one (for example, by using a bunk bed with a handy under-desk)? If you have more than one child sharing the room, it’s especially important to plan your attack before making any purchases: after all, while some kids will be happy enough to share closet space, others might be better suited to having designated areas that are strictly theirs.
2. Keep Backdrops Neutral
While your living room may be a celebration of all things minimal and tasteful, a kid’s room is a different matter altogether… which isn’t to say neutrals have no part to play at all. As Family Budgeting notes, creating a neutral backdrop is actually a fine idea: not only will it complement any other color accents you choose to introduce, it will also ensure you don’t have to keep changing things up as your kid’s age. Neutrals are as relevant at 5 as they are at 15, which is something you can’t really say about neon pink. Unless you have the time and money to change the décor every time your kid reaches a different age or stage, keep the backdrop neutral and keep bold designs and colors to accents.
3. Add Colorful Accents
We’ve already spoken about the wisdom of keeping your backdrop neutral, but a kid’s room is also the perfect place to have some fun with bold colors and eye-catching patterns. Layering in different designs will not only bring some much-needed visual interest to proceedings, it’ll also let your kid introduce a little of their own personality into the mix, whether that’s by adding some bold stripes on the curtains, a few brightly patterned throws, or even just some colored fairy lights.
4. Go Big On Storage
Anyone with a kid knows they come with “stuff”. Lots and lots of stuff. Toys, clothes, arts and crafts equipment, books… the list goes on. Unless you want their room to look a bombsite, it’s crucial to introduce lots of storage space for them to hide all their endless junk away. Drawers, shelves, bookcases, and built-in closets keep everything neatly off the floor and tucked away. Before making any purchases, give some serious thought to what kind of storage units would be most suitable. If your child has lots of art materials, small storage solutions with easy to organize drawers might be the best option. If clothes are their big thing, make sure you have enough closet space that they don’t feel the need to keep everything in a heap on the floor.
5. Choose A Style
Before you hit the shops, decide in your mind what kind of style you’re looking to create. Inspiration can come from anywhere, from a particular color to a particular theme. Try to build the style around something you know your child will love: if their favorite color is red, perhaps you could choose bed linen and accessories in various shades of scarlet. If they’re a fan of comic books, perhaps you could opt for a superhero theme. Having a clear idea of the result you want to achieve will stop you from becoming so overwhelmed by the different options available you end up choosing two-many discordant, clashing styles.
6. Don’t Go Overboard
It’s tempting to really let loose in a kid’s bedroom and go overboard with a proliferation of big, bold colors or huge statement pieces. While a child’s room should have a fun energy to it, there’s a difference between cheerful and psychotic. Show restraint and keep mindful of the fact that the bedroom will need to stand the test of time, at least to some extent: while your kid may love that huge mural of superman now, they may feel slightly different in two years’ time.
7. Longevity Is Key
We’ve already touched on the idea of avoiding pieces your child will quickly grow out of; continuing the same theme is the idea of looking for pieces that can be adapted to suit your kid’s needs as they grow. Selecting furniture in natural materials that can be painted (and crucially, repainted and striped – neon pink maybe a 3-year old’s favorite thing in the world, but they’re unlikely to feel quite the same at 16). Similarly, if you create a feature wall, look for removable options (there are some great options for removable stickers available). Art pieces are also a great idea, as these can simply be changed as your child’s interests do.
8. Make The Most Of Vertical Space
If space is limited, look to make the most of vertical space. Bunk beds are a great starting point, but there are a number of other options you may want to consider, too- a ladder shelf, for example, can add both a touch of fanciful whimsy and a useful place to store toys.
9. Choose High-Performance Fabrics
No matter how hard they try to keep clean, kids have an almost magnetic ability to attract dirt – and get it over everything else. As Laura Interior Design recommends, the best way to counter the problem is to look for high-performance fabrics that are durable, wick away spills and can be cleaned in a jiffy.
10. Get Rid Of The Clutter
The fastest way in the world to ruin even the most stylish space is to clutter it with broken toys, outgrown clothes, and worn out art supplies. Keep the room looking stylish and feeling spacious by regularly purging it of anything that isn’t strictly necessary- it’ll also keep the room that much easier for small hands to keep neat and tidy.