For many people, the children’s bedroom takes low priority and low budget when they are designing their house. This is partly due to the fact that children grow up quickly, and their tastes change, and also due to the misconception that a personalised bedroom for children is bound to be very expensive. Children spend a lot of time in their bedrooms, and giving it a personalised and well-designed look will make them happier about spending time at home, playing, reading or even studying. Here are some tips that will help you choose a designer look for your child’s bedroom:
1. No Age-Specific Furniture
While designing your child’s bedroom, it is important to plan it in such a way that the more expensive furniture is not age-specific. Having a Dora the Explorer study table or a race car bed means that you will have to replace it in a few years, once the child outgrows the phase. You can avoid the expense and the hassle by having beds, dressers and other huge pieces of furniture designed such that they do not have to be frequently changed as the child grows older.
2. Use of Colours
The traditional colour coding is powder blue for a boy, and baby pink for a girl. If your child likes these colours, you can go ahead with it; if not, there are a variety of colours you can choose from. Choose pastel colours which are bright, to give a feeling of light and space. If you have more than one kid in the room, or if a boy and girl are sharing it, you can opt for a gender-neutral colour like pale yellow.
Children have a lot of toys, books and other stuff, so the best way to help them have a clean room is to create a lot of storage in different types: cupboards, drawers, baskets, open shelves, and even under their bed! These different types of storage can be used to store different items, and allocating zones can help the child keep his/ her things clean too.
4. Include Space
Make it a point to leave some open spaces in the room for the child or children to play. If there is more than one child using the room, try to put in a bunk bed so that the space taken by the beds decreases. The open area can be covered by wooden panelling, colourful rugs that match the furniture or upholstery of the room, so that the child can play on the floor without you having to worry about it.
5. Use Toys or Memorabilia
The best way to emphasise that the bedroom belongs to the child is to use their baby photos or toys as decorations. Strategically placed shelves can accommodate stuffed toys. The child’s first mobile can hang over one corner; or you can use an imprint of his palms or feet, to be framed and hung on a wall.
6. Go With a Theme
Pick a theme your child likes; whether a Disney theme, or a space age theme; or even something from the cartoons, like Ben10 or Tom & Jerry. Design the room according to that theme, adding wallpaper, stick-on decorations and other items that can be removed easily when the child outgrows the phase.
7. Take the Child’s Opinion
Taking your child’s opinion can just make that difference between an ‘okay’ bedroom to a ‘wow’ one. Children are very creative and have fresh perspectives, so consult your child with an open mind for wacky ideas that can make their bedrooms look truly well-designed.