One of the most challenging spaces to design and decorate is your child’s bedroom. Your grand design for the home does not necessarily line-up with the desires of the most imaginative influencer in your household. Whether you hope to keep a consistent theme from room to room or are open to a unique take on the scene behind their door the following tips will guide you in the right direction.
5 Tips to Designing and Decorating Your Child’s Bedroom
1. Involve them in the Decision Making Process
We can’t stress this point enough. Their room is their domain, an expression of who they are. Many parents attempt to exercise too much control over the design and decor of their child’s bedroom so the best advice that we can give is to let go. You certainly don’t have to give them free reign, but there is a middle-ground. By simply asking for their input you will get them excited about the project. In knowing that they have a say, they become more open to your suggestions. Sit down with them, go over color schemes, flip through furnishing catalogues, and discuss lighting. You’ll be surprised at their natural knack for interior design and decorating – methodologies steeped in creativity.
2. Create a Space that is Open to Frequent Change
Your child needs to express who they are, even if their identifiers change with the release of every new Disney movie. Change is conducive to their growth as individuals, so it should be fostered and conveyed in the most important room in the home (to them). When designing and decorating their room, avoid committing to installations that will be difficult to transition in and out of should their tastes change dramatically. For example, blanketing the room in one color, from paint to furniture to accent pieces, can leave you with a major headache if/when your young one decides their once favorite color is now the bane of their existence (they can be dramatic like that).
3. Incorporate Storage Space as a Functional Design Element
Storage is essential to the design of your child’s bedroom. Your little hoarders have more “stuff” per square foot than anyone in the home. When selecting dressers and shelves, go tall to maximize vertical storage space. Your first thought may be that your child will not be able to reach high-up items (toys, etc.) but that’s the point. By limiting their access to certain pieces, you can control the clutter. That being said, closets, bureaus, and shelving alone won’t cut it. Every piece of furniture should have a storage element incorporated into and around it. There are many attractive children’s beds and seating units designed with deep storage drawers in the base – a lifesaver when a quick clean-up is needed before guests arrive. If you’re looking to add a significant statement piece in their room, consider a large steamer trunk (decorated or painted according to taste) that will serve as both an accent and storage container (toy box).
4. Window Installations to Optimize Natural Light and Behavior
Significant exposure to natural light has a very positive impact on the mood, attention span, and energy levels of your child. This light is essential to creative playtime and homework productivity alike. However, you want to manipulate natural light to account for longer days of the year when your kids need to stick to their scheduled bed time. Motorized blinds and shutter installations are essential to achieving the necessary balance.
5. Design by Functional Space
Your child uses their room for numerous activities, from art (drawing, painting, etc.) and performing arts (playing instruments, etc.) to homework and fitness. If the space allows, their room should be designed with these activities in mind, creating “zones” within the room appropriate to each. Furnishings, rugs, color schemes, lighting, and decor can be placed to draw lines and dictate each respective space. This methodology is functionally optimal and also teaches your children about organization.
Function and psychology aside the most important rule in designing your child’s room is a simple one – have fun together as a family when doing so! If you’re looking for a helping hand in incorporating this space into the design of your Greater Vancouver home feel free to contact us here or at 604-986-2080 anytime.