Development-Friendly Bedrooms for Children – Part One



I am very humbled to have been asked to create this blog for the very talented Kirsty Bell who created My Happy Journal. This journal was created to help children focus of the positive things that are happening in their lives, which in turns improves their mindfulness. This blog has been written to try and help parents create a bedroom for their children which encourages positivity, creativity, learning and a place to rest.


I am very humbled to have been asked to write a blog by My Happy Journal on creating a development-friendly bedroom for children. Kids today need spaces that encourages creativity, individuality, learning but also a place to relax and unwind from their busy worlds. This interior design post will provide you will useful suggestions for creating a haven for your wee one.

When designing a child’s bedroom, I can’t stress how important it is to involve them. Their input is key to making it a success. Encourage them to be individuals and make the decisions with them to ensure they feel involved and have a sense of belonging.

Why Design Is Important for a Child’s Bedroom

Without question, children are subject to a lot of stimuli which impacts their daily life. In today’s society, we have a fast-paced lifestyle with information swirling around us and a constant need to be “doing”. Regardless of whether this has a positive or negative impact, children are highly sensitive to their environment. This could be at home, nursery/school, or the places where they engage in activities and hobbies. 

We are better educated on how to provide children with nurturing and creative environments that is tailored for each personality. And the interior design of children’s bedrooms should be an important consideration for parents. A bedroom is more than a place to sleep. It provides a child with their own special area to retreat and escape from the busy world and reconnect with who they are becoming. In this blog, I provide suggestions for designing a child’s bedroom to provide inspiration, allow for creativity, show off their personality and provide a safe haven.

Source: MK Interiors, Amara.com



Before you start thinking about a theme or colour, a moodboard should be your first priority. This is as simple as compiling a Pinterest board. Involve your child in this process so they feel included (or have them choose from your ready-made compilation if you need to reign it in). Remember, this bedroom is all about them and must reflect their own style.

When choosing a theme, ensure it is “future proofed”. While your little person may love Peppa Pig or Spiderman, children outgrow their favourite characters. By choosing a neutral or plain coloured theme for walls and window treatments and adding characters or personas through decor or accessories, this is a better design option for the longer run.



Source: Alex Findlater

Colour has a significant effect on your child’s psychology and behaviour. Different colours invoke different feelings, and because children are so sensitive, it’s important to really think about how you use them in a bedroom. Studies show blue and pink are the most relaxing and soothing hues. Just don’t go overboard by using it everywhere and break it up with complementary colours. Having too much blue, for example, can create a depressing environment. If you don’t like stereotypical hues, consider green or purple. Green is said to be the most restful of the colour palette, as it is a mix of refreshing blue and cheery yellow. Purple, or lilac, is also calming but perfect to encourage thoughtfulness in your little person. 

Painting walls red or orange is highly discouraged to prevent overstimulation. Yellow is also not a favoured wall colour as it’s been said to be agitating and may create eye strain. In fact, studies have shown that yellow makes babies cry! Instead, leave these colours to accents through bedding, rugs, cushions or decor instead.     

Once you have chosen a colour, it’s time to choose the shade and tone. Brighter and bolder options can draw out creativity, if it is the right hue, but it can make restfulness difficult. Brighter colours should either be used on one wall, preferably behind the bed head, or sparingly through accessories that provide accents. Pastels or neutral tones are always a great choice as a base upon which to build the rest of the scheme.

Source: Singlepoint Design Build Inc

This is the end of Part One. I am concluding on Thursday with Part Two and also a list of local Edinburgh suppliers who sell amazing decor for children’s bedrooms. If you would like the rest of the blog or would like to download it, please subscribe and you will be sent the entire blog to your email address.





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