Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Decorating a Child's Bedroom

Designing Like a Child: Decorating a Child’s Bedroom
Just like your bedroom is your sanctum from the troubles of the world, so too is your child’s bedroom the center of their daily life.  Designing a bedroom for your kids can be great fun for you and them, and a great opportunity to bond with them.  It’s a perfect chance for your children to express their personalities and impart their own style to their little corner of your home.

Get your kids involved
While the general principle with home design and décor is that it should always reflect your tastes and personalities, designing a child’s bedroom is something that should match their styles and tastes.  Ask your kids what they like and what kind of design they would like in their bedroom.  Your kid knows what colors they like and what they would like to show off in their room.

Build at kid level
Unless your kid has already outgrown your height, they probably don’t have the reach that you do.  Adding plenty of storage space like storage chests and shelves goes a long way for helping a kid keep a room from becoming a cluttered mess.  However, if your kids can’t reach the toys on their shelves easily then don’t expect things to get put away all the time.  Make sure that the room is accessible for their height.

Light for any occasion
Children use their room for everything.  They’ll host tea parties, command their armies to fight evil dragons, hunt for treasure, and at some point they might even do some homework.  Just like any other room in the home, lighting a child’s room should consider both fashion and function.  Strong centralized lighting works for letting your kids clean up their messes, while adding some desktop lamps can help them do their homework or recreational reading.

Plan for the future
Try as you might, that kid won’t stop growing anytime soon.  It’s the dreaded future my car lives in fear of every day.  How you design the room should take into consideration the fact that your kid will keep getting bigger.  Buying a tiny little twin bed might be cute for your four year old, but it’s a bed you’ll just have to replace once they outgrow it.  It might save you some money to just buy them a larger bed now.
Wall decals are popular decorations that are perfect for the ever changing tastes of a kid.  Most wall decals are safely applied and won’t harm the paint when removed.  Having a magnet or a cork board where your kid can stick up pictures and projects can also help give their room design evolve daily without forcing you to remodel with their whims.

Get them involved
Not only is decorating a child’s room a great bonding opportunity for you and your kid, but it is also a great opportunity to put your kids to work.  You obviously shouldn’t trust a four year old with a power-saw, so you have to know what your kid can handle.  Let them paint a corner of the room, put together part of a shelf, or even just help clean up some of the mess.  If they learn to love working early on, it’s that much easier to trick them into mowing the lawn for you in a few years.
You’ll have a great time designing a room and your kid will love spending time with you.  Get them involved in the design, put them to work, and let their room become the manifestation of their creativity.

Ross Donald is a writer, designer, and father, specializing in interior design and lighting aesthetics. He currently writes for Lighting Sale who specializes in light fixtures.


  1. I love the idea of thinking more creatively with the child and doing something uplifting, relaxing, interesting and beautiful, not just filling it with whatever cartoon-theme the big-box stores are selling. Great post! N.G.

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  4. Thanks for the share! We just recently started redesigning my sons rooms and I wonder if you could be of some help. My son Nicky is a huge Michigan football fan so we wanted to do the room in a Michigan theme. We were able to get him one of these college bed sets but besides that we are completely stuck. Any ideas?