Kids’ rooms can be hard to decorate, since each child’s taste changes with age. However, there are some simple ways to ensure that room decoration last.
Decorating a child’s room can be frustrating. Kids grow up quickly, and their tastes can change from one day to the next. With a few simple tips and tricks, however, parents and kids can both be satisfied with their room for many years. Although kids’ desires change as they age, there are ways to make a room design work for almost any child.
Allow Kids to Help Decorate Their Rooms
One of the easiest ways to design a child’s room is to ask him what he wants. Involving kids in the design of their room will make them happier and more comfortable in them, which can encourage them to keep their rooms clean and organized.
Although children can want excessive decorations, keeping them in the loop and part of the decision-making process is an important step in helping them make independent and thoughtful choices.
How to Paint a Child’s Room
Choose a simple base colour for the paint. There are basic colours that can work with many room themes, and be used to transition from one design to another as a child ages. Avoid hard-to-match colours like hot pink, orange, green or pastels and use a colour that transitions easily between several designs.
Many shades of blue work well for a kid’s room –anything from sky blue to navy blue works for many room designs, and the design can be changed without needing to repaint the room. Other shades that work well with most designs include off-white or beige, or even a light grey.
Avoid painting complex patterns or designs, as these can clash with a child’s desires as she ages. Paint all four walls the same colour, and adjust other portions of the room to reflect more specific portions of the design.
Choosing Decorations for a Child’s Room
Pick out a theme for the room. Kids often have a specific movie, subject or animal that interests them. Using this as a basic theme for the room can provide a wealth of ideas for bedding, lamps, posters, curtains and rugs. Common themes for kids’ rooms include jungle animals, Star Wars, horses, pirates and princesses.
The décor is the part of a child’s room most likely to change as he ages. Replacing bedding, posters and lamps can be expensive, so for decorating on a budget, simply choosing a colour scheme to use in the room can be effective. Choose colours that complement the wall colour but don’t match it to add visual pizzazz to a room and keep it lively.
How to Make a Kid’s Room Interesting
Include a bookshelf or play area for children, along with comfortable bedding. A child with an interesting, interactive and fun bedroom is more likely to want to spend time playing there and will be more comfortable sleeping there as a result. Keep toys, books and entertainment available in the room.
Hang pictures or posters that relate to the theme or colour scheme of the room to keep the walls visually appealing. Allow a kid to pick out her own posters to hang on the wall to give her control over the decoration of the room.
Keep Kids’ Rooms Clean
A messy room will quickly disguise all of its décor and design work. Encourage children to keep their rooms clean and organized by using storage bins or boxes that enhance the theme or colours of the room, or are monogrammed with the child’s initials.
Keeping a space for all toys, books and clothes in a child’s room will encourage her to put them away when they’re not being used. Organisation is an important life skill, and learning it from a young age is important.
Room decorating is a fun process for many parents and children. Starting the decorating with a basic paint color and building on a theme is an easy way to keep kids involved in their rooms, and encourage them to keep the room clean and picked up.