Designing your child’s bedroom is a joy, but it can also be a challenge – especially when their needs, and indeed their tastes, change as they go through the many stages of development.
From the nursery, to the toddler’s play area and the tween’s hideaway, here are some design tips for you…
Designing your baby’s nursery is a very special thing, and will become one of many treasured memories as you get everything ready in the run up to the new arrival. The colour scheme is probably the first thing for parents to consider, whether or not you know the sex of the baby.
But, don’t forget, there are other important considerations that are good to be aware of, including safety above all, but also creating a functional and comfortable space, and having the right lighting.
One of the best pieces of advice we’ve seen is to choose adaptable design schemes that can be re-fashioned as baby develops into ‘toddlerdom’ and beyond. In BabyCentre’s Top 10 tips for designing your nursery, design experts suggest using wall stickers which can easily be changed after a few years when your child finds it too babyish.
When your baby becomes a toddler, you may find there is nothing major to update or refresh in terms of décor, however there is one key item of furniture that will certainly need to change: the cot. Making the move from a cot to a bed can be problematic, however there is a wealth of advice available on how to cleverly navigate this tricky period.
Netmums’ number one tip from making the move from cot to big bed is to get a toddler bed which sits close to the ground, providing a safe stepping stone to a full-sized single bed. You will find most come with side panels, to prevent your toddler from rolling out of bed and help them feel secure as they get used to it.
Here, you can get really creative. With traditional and contemporary designs available, you can opt for something plain to fit with your current colour scheme, or go with a theme – such as a pirate ship, fairy castle or train – to completely revamp your child’s bedroom, depending on what the craze of the moment is.
Then little kids aged 5-8...
Once your children start school, you’ll likely need more storage for all those books, uniforms and projects that find their way home – and our Classic Kids chalk and magnetic sliding doors are a playful answer for a practical storage solution. As well as providing an outlet for your kids’ creativity, they can also be used to display their own personal masterpieces and mementos.
Design themes can also be incorporated to assist with your child’s learning, by using features such as alphabet posters or map wallpaper.
And finally, 'tweens'...
When your child reaches their ‘tweens’ (aged 9-14 approx.), they will have more of an opinion about how they want their room styled. Of course, they are not yet a grown-up, let alone a teenager, and you’re not quite ready to hand over the decorating reins and give them carte blanche.
Certainly though, they will be looking for a personal space that reflects their personality, somewhere they feel comfortable inviting their friends and, quite possibly, a place that is totally cool!
Helen from Actually Mummy encountered this when her little girl no longer wanted pink fairies and Disney princesses adorning her room. By purchasing a grown-up double bed, installing our sliding wardrobe doors with glamorous mirrors, and including a comfy sofa space for reading or hanging out with friends, Helen was able to give her daughter the perfect birthday present: a tween teal bedroom makeover.
If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read why not take a look at our website to bring this bedroom inspiration to life. We’ve got some bedroom furniture and fitted wardrobes which we think may just take your fancy this Spring.