We love designing kids spaces! They can be so fun and colourful! It’s so important to give kids a space that’s truly their own – for their own creativity, learning, relaxation and play! Equally important is that they are designed with functionality in mind too!
Since there’s still a couple weeks left until school starts, you may need something to keep the kids busy with. How about enlisting them in helping to re-decorate their bedroom? It’s a fun project you can tackle together. All it takes is some creativity, a little DIY and some tips from us to get you started!
So today we thought we would help everyone out with a few tips on how to create a fun, stylish and functional kids bedroom they will love!
- Create a Plan
Before you do anything else, start off by making a plan for the space and how you want to set it up. Think about your child and what they love and plan and design the space for them. Engage your child to brainstorm with you and make a list of what activities they love and would typically do in their room. Take into consideration things like their age, interests and activities they like most. Also think about creating different “zones” in the room or areas for key activities like sleeping and relaxing, reading, playing or for doing homework. For example if your child is an avid reader, you might need a reading nook and bookshelves. Also think about how they might be able to grow with the space so you don’t need to completely start from scratch in a couple years.
Once you have a layout figured out you can look for furniture and accessories that work with both your layout and your child’s interests. Make sure to take measurements so if you are purchasing new furniture you can make sure it fits in the space.
- Have Fun with a Theme
Ask your child to help you come up with a theme for their room and have some fun decorating the room together! It really allows a child’s creativity to come out and for their personality to shine through in their room. Remember that this theme may pass in a couple years so this is where you may not want to paint the walls a crazy colour or buy themed furniture. So that they can grow with the room, try to stick to a more neutral colour palette and add pops of colour through art and décor. Try to help them choose décor elements for the theme that you can later change out. You can do this by selecting removable wallpaper or wall decals for the room, artwork, pillows, a bedspread, lamps or other decorative items and collectibles that you can display. Working together you can be creative and make that “dream” or vision come to life in their bedroom!
- Storage, storage and more storage!
So now let’s talk practical. As parents we know how toys and clothes can quickly get out of hand and be found cluttered everywhere – the struggle is real for all of us! That’s why adequate storage is such a key part of designing a child’s bedroom. Adding the right type of storage is critical in creating a space that can be organized too. Add different types of storage, both open and closed storage, and even wall storage, to store clothes, games, toys, sports gear and books without taking up too much room. Use closed storage for items that could look messy or cluttered, and open storage for those items like books and toys you may want to display. One of my favourites for this is the Ikea Kallax line. Storage possibilities are endless – you can also add in baskets, bins, cubbies and magazine racks. Most importantly make it functional and accessible for your child so that they can find things on their own and also put them away too when it’s time to tidy up!
- Make room for play!
If your child is younger make sure to leave some floor space so that the he or she can play on the floor too. Whether it’s playing with dolls, cars, a board game or for building blocks, having some open floor space is important. Also consider adding a small comfy rug underneath to keep things cozy and warm. For older kids you may also consider adding in a bean bag chair or gamer chair – I find even the older kids like to play on the floor!
- Add a desk
Adding a desk or table and chairs is important for any age group as you create their space. A work space is important when they are looking to draw or create crafts but is equally important for those times when you need them to sit down and do some learning and homework too. A sitting area is also important for when they need some quiet time and for reading too!
- Make it colourful and fun
When planning the bedroom with your child ask them what their favourite colours are and together come up with a fun colour scheme that will pull everything together. A great way to add some colour is with paint which is a really easy and inexpensive way to update a room and liven it up. Another alternative is removable wallpaper or wall decals which you can add and then take down as you transition the space. Alternatively you can stick with neutral colours like cream, ivory, grey and white, but to make it fun just add pops of colour into the bedroom through colourful décor items.
Art is also a really fun way to add some colour and personality to your child’s bedroom. Wall decals are a fairly inexpensive and easy way to add some art to the room – and they are temporary too! One of the ideas I also love is to display your kid’s artwork in frames. It’s such a personal touch plus they will feel proud to see their work displayed. Art is also a great way to incorporate the room’s theme and colour scheme you cam e up with. Simply framing some art prints in your child’s favourite theme will add some colour to the room and make your child happy too! Whatever you decide, keep it fun, colourful and something that you know your child will love!
I hope these tips will help if you and your child take on their bedroom project! As always if you have any questions or need any help, feel free to reach out to me at [email protected]