Ten tips to decorate a children's room they won't grow out of (too quickly)

  Image from Inside Out May 2015

Image from Inside Out May 2015

Decorating a child’s bedroom is an opportunity unleash your inner child and play with colour, pattern and texture. Children's bedrooms should reflect their personalities and be a place where they enjoy spending time whilst being a multifunctional space. Quite a tall order but if you get the basics right you can make a few easy changes as they grow without the need to fully redecorate every few years.  Here's ten tips to get you started.

Practical - Map out space for each area in the room; sleeping, playing, reading, etc . Have they still got floor space? I moved my son’s clothes to cupboard in another room so he had more room to play on the floor in his small bedroom. 

Furniture - Must be functional and accessible and you don’t need to have matching furniture ranges. Add interest with some second hand or painted furniture with contemporary styles. Remember there are no rules!

Comfort - From the bed that should be calm and relaxing to a cosy area to read a book or be read to, soft fabrics and textures help to create the warm comfortable feeling in a bedroom. 

Walls - Go for plain paint on the walls (either very dark or very light colours work well) and then add colour, interest and personality through art/illustrations/objects on the wall. These are easy to change as your child and their interests grow.

Floor - Whether you have hard or soft floors they need to be hard-wearing and easy to clean.  An inexpensive large rug to cover most of the room is a great idea of you have carpet you want to protect. 

Pattern - Keep the walls plain and use pattern and print for art on the walls, bedding and lighting. All easy and inexpensive to update in the future. 

Storage - practical, accessible and easy to use. Just as children at nurseries and schools have to tidy away at the end of each day, make it easy for your children to do so too. 

Ceiling - From babies to teenagers, it’s good to have something of interest up high. This could be garlands, mobiles, mobiles, strings of lights, a flag. It’s another area to add interest but is often forgotten.

To theme or not to theme? Personally I don’t like a room to be too matchy-matchy and think you can reflect a child’s interests through wall art and objects rather than every element in the room matching together. 

Involve them! It’s also worth remembering it’s their space, not yours. Once they are old enough talk to them about their favourite colours, animals, toys etc. They may be small but they have endless creativity!

Image from Inside Out May 2015