Designing a child’s bedroom is perhaps the most challenging decorating endeavor of them all. It has to be fun and engaging during the day, yet quiet and lulling during the night. In addition, it must be safe and healthy at all times. To achieve that, you will have to consider numerous factors including the layout and furniture. If the room is of limited size or occupied by two or more children, your task will be even more complicated. Still, complicated doesn’t mean impossible. And if you are creative and plan everything, you will be able to design a perfect kid’s room. Start with our tips on designing a child’s bedroom:
Start with a Color Palette
The color palette will set the tone for your remaining décor efforts. So, don’t take the color palette lightly. Color can affect a kids’ behavior in many ways. For example, nurturing sensitivity, causing restlessness and encouraging confidence. Here are some useful hints for using color:
- Red, as a prevailing color, causes anxiety, but it is great when used as accents.
- Orange promotes confidence.
- Yellow boosts concentration, but it shouldn’t be used in large amounts.
- Green is calming and it improves comprehension. According to some people, it improves reading skills.
- Blue is a stress reliever.
- Purple inspires compassion and sensitivity.
- Pink is soothing.
It is also important to note that warm tones, in general, evoke happiness. Cool colors (if used properly) have a soothing effect.
The basic furniture pieces every kid’s room needs are a bed, a dresser, and a practical storage solution. Everything else will depend on your kids’ specific needs and preferences, as well as on the size of the room. To be sure you’re on the right track, just follow these guidelines:
- The furniture needs to be the right size for the children.
- Kids need lots of storage for their toys and stuff. Make sure the storage is simple for them to organize the things.
- Leave enough floor space for playing.
- Add some fun to it (e.g. a roof on the bed, a slide that makes getting out of bed in the morning much more fun, etc.).
- Be prepared for sleepovers (extra bed or mattress).
Encourage Various Activities
Kids’ room should be a space where children learn about the world and enjoy. Depending on their age, the room should include various areas aimed at different activities. A reading nook (just throw on some pillows in the corner, add a floor lamp and a bookshelf) is useful for all ages, while a homework station is great addition for schoolers. Include something creative, such as a zone for creating art (small wooden table, with papers, pencils, scissors, etc.), a playing area (one part of the room that is not too crowded) or a nook for socializing (several lazy bags arranged in a circle).
Make It Fun, Creative and Engaging
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Kids’ room should emit positive energy, but also inspire imaginative thinking. This can happen if you enrich the room with various accessories and additions, such as dry-erase wallpaper, chalkboard walls, alphabet and maps posters, creative area rugs, building blocks and other decorative toys.
Solutions for a Shared Kid’s Room
If you think that you can’t pull all this off in a small shared kids’ room, you are wrong. Of course, it will be challenging, but you can do it, especially with these tips:
- Use bunk beds.
- Or wall-mounted sliding tracks so that the beds can be separated for sleeping, and stacked on one side of the room during the day.
- Go vertical with storage.
- Divide the closet with extra shelves and storage boxes.
- Store stuff under the bed in bins and boxes.
Unless you are designing a nursery, don’t forget to ask your children for their opinion. After all, they are the ones that will have to spend their days and nights in that room. We hope that you have found our tips on designing a child’s bedroom helpful.
About the author: Molly is a blogger at Smooth Decorator based in Australia. She is a student of Art and design. Drawing, photography and especially urban design are her passions. When she’s not writing, she enjoys watching documentary movies about the history of art and interior design.