11
Jun

Cheery Chambers for Children

A child’s bedroom should evoke feelings of fun and imagination but it needs to be a haven for restfulness. I have two boys approaching an age where it’s time to rethink the interior design for their personal spaces and encourage the next stage in their development and thinking. It can be an overwhelming task (for parents) to decide on colour, theme, storage, furniture etc. It’s also hard creating a balance between creating a dreamland and a practical space. So I have written this blog post to get the creative juices flowing.

Room Layout and Furniture

Should your little one live in a slightly smaller than average space, clever storage is your friend. Think about combining furniture and storage  to hide items of clutter. Your walls are also a great way to build upon or use for decoration – if you are having trouble deciding where to put it, then think whether it can go up vertically? The key message is stick with a single bed and don’t add too much furniture to reduce clutter.

A great option for a small narrow room - all furniture against the walls
A great option for a small narrow room – all furniture against the walls.
Source: Pinterest.com

If you have sloping roofs, consider purpose-built furniture, such as wardrobes, for the space to reduce wasted wall space. You also have the freedom to do exactly as you wish!
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Bespoke furniture is a good option for a sloping roof line.
Source: https://www.ofdesign.net/

For the budget conscious, you might like to find older furniture and up cycle. There are plenty of YouTube videos to demonstrate restoration. The paint palettes and alternative drawer/door handles out there are endless. A really cool and eclectic look is to use chalk paint which encourages creativity and can be cleaned off with water.
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Try up cycling old furniture and use a chalky paint for fun.
Source: http://www.designconnectioninc.com

Bed

While beds are technically furniture, it is the most important element of a bedroom and needs thought. When buying a new bed, I would consider those with drawers underneath or get storage boxes to fill the wasted space. There is also less opportunity for mess to accumulate under there as well.

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This bed with drawers and storage is a clever way to store and reduce clutter.
Source: https://www.noaandnani.co.uk/

I would steer clear of beds with themes personally. Children outgrow characters and television programs and if they get it in their head that they no longer like that bed? Well good luck! A neutral coloured bed, such as white, grey or natural wood is also easier to sell later or to pass on. When choosing the bed, always take your child along and let them help choose it. Make them feel grown up knowing they helped to make the decision. It will be much easier when it comes to getting into the bed for that first night!

If you are going for a bunk style or an integrated bed/desk (great for school age children), ensure the sides are sufficiently high for safety. I have noticed a lot out there that are just asking for trouble.
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This bunkbed is ideal as it is neutral in colour and has good high sides for safety.
Source: http://www.gfwlimited.co.uk

Style

It’s important to take the time to think about your little one’s character and their interests when deciding on style. You want to create a safe haven that reflects their personality and encourages their wonderful imagination. However, safeguard against your child outgrowing their room. In my opinion, cutesy themes are probably best avoided on walls and furniture. Leave this to decoration and soft furnishing that can easily be replaced. Go with either neutrals or themes that are bright and encourage conversations around science, outdoors, animals and vehicles etc.  By thinking a few years down the line, you’ll save yourself heartache, time, money and whining!

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This football themed room is easily updatable due to the neutral walls but accessorised with colour and decoration.
Source: photodeco.fr

Colour

The hue, shade and tone is completely up to you and can be really fun to choose! Neutral colours such as cream, white, grey and some light pastels are a good base to work with. But equally a bright blue, green or yellow is a good option. Blue is a shade which encourages relaxation and calmness and works well in combination with green, or yellow or touches of red. As a general room of thumb, never use more than three colours together. Use 60% of the main colour on walls, furniture etc, 30% of the second (and usually brighter colour) on duvet covers, pillows and some furniture pieces etc and the remaining 10% as an accent for smaller decorative items or light covers.

Accessories

Think of items you can use encourage wonderful conversations of magic and mystery. This could be through building a teepee, creating a reading nook complete with a comfy beanbag or perhaps an arts and craft or Lego building station. Introduce their art into the scheme by hanging it up in picture frames or peg on rails/wire. Floating wall shelving are also a fantastic way to display favourite toys and keep sakes. And lastly, you can never have enough storage boxes! There are so many fun options to choose from.


Most importantly have fun and don’t feel too much pressure that you have to create the “perfect” room. Always put yourself in your child’s shoes and be creative. And don’t forget to ask for your wee one’s input! You will get much better results in doing so.