Quick and easy tips on how to decorate your kids bedroom
When your child gets their own bedroom, it can be nice to pick a theme before you decide to just go ahead and paint the room white, blue or pink. Take some time out and see what interests your child has. Maybe they have a favourite football team or a favourite film or cartoon.
You might then decided to use two contrasting colours from their favourite football team to come up with a design theme for their bedroom. If you decide to use their favourite cartoon or film to decorate the room, then you might decide to choose themed bedspreads or curtains and then paint the walls in the main colours associated with the cartoon or film. Kids bedrooms should be full of the child's personality and a place that they can instinctively call their own.
Get some advice from your child prior to decorating their room. Find out what their favourite colours are and design the room with their interests in mind.
So if they love reading, then put up book shelves. If they love taking photos, then give them collage picture frames. If they love art, then give them a chest or a themed storage box to store their supplies in.
When designing the room, you want it to reflect their personality, but at the same time, you want the room to be stylist so that you don't have to close doors when you have visitors over.
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Choosing your Colour
The first step in designing the room is to choose the colour. Once you have a colour scheme, you can start choosing accessories.
It's all about using your imagination here and picking out the main colours from their favourite film, cartoon or football team.
Some colours that work well together
- Blue and Grey
- Pink and Grey
- White and Grey
- White and Beige
- Yellow and Green
- Yellow and White
- Yellow and Pink
- Purple and White
- Light pink with dark pink
- Light purple with dark purple
The choices are endless and one way to find out which colours work with each other, is to look online at paint suppliers websites and also to check out paint brochures to see if they have chosen specific paint colours that compliment each other.
Bedrooms with Contrasting ColoursClick thumbnail to view full-size
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Find Out What Your Child is Interested in
Every few years you will most likely have to redecorate your child's bedroom. What your child might have liked at 7 years old could have changed by the time they are 11 years old. So always try to be aware of what interests your child has.
A child might be interested in horse riding when they are younger but as they get older, they might no longer be interested in this and instead are more interested in sport or music.
Your child might be very vocal and tell you every few years that they what to redecorate their room, If they do, then listen to them and see what you can do to jazz it up so it looks more modern. You might just need to repaint the walls, change the bedspread and purchase new curtains or purchase a new floor mat.
Even better try to get them involved in the decorating and make it a family event. Bring them shopping to hardware stores and get them to help you choose the paint colour and bedroom accessories. It's a great way for the two of you to spend some quality time alone.
Two Children Who Have to Share one Bedroom
If you live in a house where you have to have two children sharing a room, then you need to ensure that each of those children feel that the room is in some part theirs. This might involve having two single beds on each side of the room and then having three different colours on the walls. You could either have a neutral tone, like white/grey on one wall and then have their favourite colour on the wall next to their bed.
You would need a smaller bucket of paint for each wall so the cost might not be too much extra. Alternatively, you could just paint the room with their favourite colours and not have a neutral colour between the two.
This would only work if the colours they chose where complimentary to each other. Certain colours like dark purple and royal blue might not look good together so you might have to chose lighter tones of this colour.
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Other Rooms you could Decorate
If you would prefer to keep the bedrooms neutral and not let them chose what colours they want on the walls, then you might decide to decorate the space or playroom your children play in instead.
You might decide to build a tree house or a playhouse in your garden and instead this is the main area that your child will play in during the day. If you have free space in your garage,you might decide to give this space to your children so they have a space that is solely theirs.
Try to keep the decorating ideas as simple as possible, and work with colour, fabric and accessories to make the space a fun place for them to hang out in with their friends.
If you have an old caravan that you and your children used to travel in each summer then you might decide to redecorate this and give it to the kids to play in with their friends. Choose bright colours and incorporate lots of storage space so they can have toys, board games and their gadgets stored in a safe and secure area.
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Create Space for Children who Share a Bedroom
If children are sharing a room and you are short on space, then having bunk beds is a great space saver. It takes up less space than having two single beds.
There is now more space for your children to play in and you have extra room for a wardrobe. You can purchase a bunk bed or make them yourself.
You can find plans on how to make a bunk bed online or on You Tube. There are a variety of options when it comes to bunk beds and the prices can vary depending on the style and choice of wood used. If you are going to purchase the bunk beds instead of making them, do some research before purchasing one as they can be expensive.
When you have bunk beds there is more space in the room for a wardrobe, a chest of drawers and some storage boxes for the kids toys.
The size and layout of the room will factor in to the choice of bunk beds you pick. The bunk beds will either be free standing or build in bunk beds.
Incorporating Child's Interest into their Bedroom
Accessories can be the key to changing the look and the feel of a bedroom. If you can find bedspread, duvet, lamps, curtains and floor mats that match the colour scheme and/or the interest of the child then it can really bring the room together.
- Hang framed posters of their favourite sports star or jersey on the wall.
- Paint the walls the colours of their favourite team.
- Buy curtains or bedspread of their favourite team or sport.
- Apply removable stickers to the wardrobe and chest of drawers.
- Frame a collage of pictures of the film or cartoon stars on their bedroom wall.
- In the film The Smurfs, the main colours are blue and white. Paint the bedroom with these colours. You could use different shades of blue or alternatively white and blue.
- If your child likes the film Superman or Spiderman, you could paint the walls blue, the wardrobe white and paint the bedroom door red. You could also apply stripped wallpaper with these colours to the bedroom wall.
Bedroom Ideas for a Child who likes Dancing and Singing
Some children's hobby is dancing, ballet or singing.
Ideas for bedroom if your child is into singing, dancing or ballet.
- Secure a full length mirror on one of the bedroom walls.
- Have a wooden floor in the bedroom instead of carpet.
- Apply beading along the centre of the wall and have two contrasting colours on the wall.
- Paint a mural or apply a stick on mural of a ballet dancer or their favourite singer to one side of the bedroom wall
- Have rails along the top of one of the wall so that they can hang their dancing outfits and their dancing shoes.
- Build floating shelves that they can store their awards and ribbons on.
- Hang a collage picture frame on the wall with pictures of famous singers or dancers.
- Buy a themed bedspread or curtains for the room
- Create a canopy over the bed.
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Save Money when Decorating a Kids Bedroom
Before you decorate a bedroom for a child, do some research.
- To save money, paint the items already in the child's bedroom instead of purchasing new items.
- Stick to two colours. You might already have white paint in your house and this could be your neutral colour for the room. Then all you need to do is purchase another colour that will work with the white.
- Paint the walls white and then paint the inside of the bedroom door a separate colour.
- Use wallpaper instead of paint and just apply it too one wall in the bedroom.
- Make your own accessories instead. It can be costly to purchase items in a store, so instead buy sheets with the theme you are using for your child's bedroom and make cushion covers and curtains from this material.
- Print pictures from the internet or cut out pictures from magazines and place them in pictures frames and hang them on the bedroom wall.
- Instead of looking for stickers to apply onto the bedroom wall or the wardrobe, print your own instead.
Make A Wooden Toy Chest
Make A Toy Chest
A toy chest is a great idea if your child has lots of toys. Instead of purchasing a toy chest why not try to make one instead. You can find an old wooden box from your supermarket or wine store.
Decorating a child's bedroom doesn't have to cost you a lot. Do some research and shop around and use the internet to look for ideas on ways to save money.
© 2014 Sp Greaney
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