Building the Kid-Cave: 6 Tips For Designing the Ultimate Children’s Bedroom
A kid’s bedroom design is far more complex than your own, or a guest bedroom. Children seem to change style, preferences and trends by the hour! How in the world are you going to design the perfect room that will last years, and keep your growing child happy and comfortable?
Lucky for you, designers have been thinking of this very same conundrum for a long time, and there a lot of tips out there. If designing your child’s bedroom is on your to-do list this month, look no further. Read on for 6 tips for designing the ultimate children’s bedroom.
One sure fire way to get your kid to stay in deep slumber is with high-quality window treatments. Kids curtains can be both decorative and functional. Curtains that block out the light will ensure your child does not wake with the sunrise, but rather snooze up until you wake him up for breakfast.
Step one in designing is to assess the light that comes into the child’s room and match what curtains will provide natural light during the day. This simple change can go a long way toward promoting long lasting slumber at night. A child’s room may have all the bells and whistles for fun and excitement, but let us not forget the main reason a child has a bedroom; sleep! A well-rested child is the greatest reward for a parent.
Timelessness and longevity are the two trickiest elements of designing a child’s bedroom.
For example, masking the walls with pink frilly Princess wallpaper will probably not suit your child well in a couple years time. So, how do you choose a colour for the room?
Choose a case colour that will withstand the ever changing phases of your growing child.
Navy blue, tan, cream, are all good base colours from which to then add layers of design. The base colour, or theme, of the room, should not be the bold element.
Design in Layers
Once you have chosen a basic base paint, then the real fun begins.
The base layer is what will not change with time, while these design elements can easily and affordably be swapped out as the child gets older. A cute set of sheets will turn a basic room into a fun, custom kid-cave.
Fire-fighter or superhero sheets can be a really fun way to make bedtime fun! Hanging prints can be swapped out as the child’s interests shift. Buy high-quality frames, then swap out with pages from a comic book, pages from used children’s books, or original art from your little one.
Often the kiddos get put in the smallest room in the house.
That is why choosing a functional bed is a great way to utilise space. There are so many great options out there. Bunk beds, single beds with storage or a trundle bed, or a loft bed with room underneath are all really great ways to utilise space. Kids require way more storage than adults. Use the bed as a clever, efficient place to store toys, art supplies and clothes for next season.
Another great way to build off that classic base paint colour is to use wall decals.
These have become increasingly popular in the last few years from kids bedrooms to college dorm rooms. Decals can easily be put in a bedroom to transform a basic room into a train station, or a forest full of birds. Two to three years from now, when that design is no longer loved by your wee one, peel it off and begin anew.
Quality > Quantity
Ever heard the phrase “only the rich can afford to buy cheap”?
It is really one of my favourite sayings. When choosing furniture, curtains, bedding and toys for your child’s bedroom, don’t always opt for the cheapest option. Buy elements that will withstand the years of wear and tear of kids and all their buddies playing around in the bedroom. Just like you don’t want to have to redesign the bedroom every 2-4 years, you don’t want to have to replace anything either.
Kid’s bedrooms serve numerous purposes.
They need to be designed for playing, entertaining, studying, learning, and sleeping. So many things need to be considered when designing the ultimate children’s bedroom. Don’t get caught up in all the frills of design and forget the sleeping element! Those black-out blinds should be the first purchase, then build from there. Hopefully, these 6 tips will ease the stress of design and bring the fun parts to the forefront. Good luck, have fun, and get decorating!
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