Kids rooms are a personal refuge and a haven apart from the rest of the family and they should be fun, comfortable and reflect who they are.
To create a space that they love to be in, let them have a hand in the design process from the start. From a very young age, many children have preferences for color as well as areas of interest that could provide direction toward developing a theme.
In order to provide a comfortable cocoon to serve the physical and emotional needs of your child, in addition to meeting that very real need for sleep, it’s always a good idea to cater to at least a few of your kids’ wants. The truth is that your last chance for expressing your own preferences in a kids room disappeared when you put the finishing touches on the nursery!
Given their age, a good way to start is by asking them questions about what they envision their room to be. You can try showing them images of different kids rooms, or images of bedding online to see what they are drawn to. Perhaps they have a friend who’s bedroom stands out in their mind, and this could also be part of the discussion to learn more about what they are hoping for.
When you begin planning kids rooms, it’s important to balance function, style, and safety. Take time to analyze how the room will be used not only in the immediate future but in a few years time as well.
Will the room also serve as a playroom or a place to study? Will another child be sharing the room at some point in time? Will they need a chair to read in?
Young children may need a play table, while children attending school may require a desk. Be sure to plan ahead for the room to change and evolve as your child grows.
The biggest mistake that many people make when planning kids rooms is not to draw out a basic floor plan to determine what furniture will fit, and how it should be organized to provide for a good flow of movement within the space.
The bed is generally the focal point of any bedroom, so it’s a good idea to position it first. Once this is established, you can begin to choose placement for the other furniture that will be placed in the room.
The great thing is that most of the furniture you are shopping for is available online as well – with dimensions available.
If space allows, consider zoning different areas for different tasks or activities. A desk becomes the ‘office’ area and can double as a craft space. Bookshelves with colorful bins can also work towards creating the feel of a play zone.
1. How to Choose Furniture for Kids Rooms
The basics of every child’s room is a bed, bedside table, and dresser. When you are looking for additional furniture, consider what the goals are for the room’s function.
The simple addition of a bookshelf, small comfy chair, play table or desk can provide the child with a private area to do some of the activities they enjoy best. If closet space is minimal, the addition of an armoire can provide space for clothing, extra toys or media storage.
2. How to Create Smart Storage Solutions
One item that is often overlooked when designing kids rooms is smart storage solutions. You definitely want to keep your child’s bedroom and play spaces ready for action at any time.
Areas should be designed for getting dressed, reading, sleeping, and playing games. Well designed storage makes it easy for them to clean up after themselves and keep their space tidy without too much assistance.
Be sure to use both open and closed storage. Open storage such as shelves and cubbies not only provide storage space but also turn colorful belongings into part of the room’s décor.
Closed storage works well for items that have less visual appeal. It’s a good rule of thumb to write down a list of what needs to stored before selecting both types of storage.
Look for efficient storage pieces that can grow with your child as they get older. If there are cubby holes with space for bins in the storage unit, brightly colored bins can be switched out for neutral tones more appropriate for a young teen down the road.
It’s also important to ensure that activities are within reach. Shelving should be placed low enough that your child can instantly access the book or toy they are most fond of.
Higher shelves are the perfect place for items such as room décor, framed photos and anything else designated for display.
Color and shape play an important factor in well-designed kids rooms. Try putting colorful canvas buckets or baskets with liners that coordinate with the room décor on open shelving units. This is a great way to create an eye-catching display. Add labels to help keep things organized.
Bins and buckets are also portable, and easy for kids to carry from one area to another in the room.
Girls and boys like to collect trinkets and treasures, so it’s a good idea to designate a special place in the bedroom that they can display their favorite finds. They can be placed on a shelf, on the top of a dresser or hung on the wall in a box frame.
3. How to Choose Wall Art
When it comes to decorating a kids rooms, there’s no easier way to express their personality than adding a little decoration on the walls.
Vibrant wall stickers break up the expanse of wall space and add instant playfulness. Whether it’s a large tree, cute little birds, butterflies or forest friends, wall decals are a great way to enhance a favorite theme.
Box frames also add a bit of 3D fun to their bedroom. Create a wall display with 3D frames filled with their favorite soft toys or figurines. Items can be swapped out as the child grows and their interests change.
Children find pleasure in seeing their name in print, and wall letters are another great idea to add personalization, color, and dimension to their bedroom.
Small frames painted in colors that coordinate with the bedding and room décor look beautiful clustered together on dressers and wall shelves. You can fill the frames with sentimental photos, an eclectic mix of drawings, or printouts. Try hanging them on a feature wall as well, for a bright burst of color.
4. How to Choose a Theme for Kids Rooms
It’s easy to choose a kids theme room and create a stylish, practical, fun and comfortable bedroom for them to sleep, work and play in.
One of the best ways to choose a theme is to take a cue from what your child’s interests and hobbies are as well as the colors they are drawn to.
Colors such as dark and light blue, colorful greens and sunshine yellow work to create a space that’s not only kid-friendly but also fun.
If you lean towards a color such as dark blue, a nautical or under-the-sea theme may be a perfect choice. Warm yellows can be a wonderful starting point for a butterfly or garden theme bedroom. Shades of green can be used for jungle or forest themes, while earth tones bring the mind to the desert and rustic styles.
Regardless of the theme you choose, it’s important to be sure to include timeless elements, such as a classic color-block or neutral rug. A rug instantly softens the space and can be used to tie in design elements and furniture together.
Window treatments are another consideration and can be decorated differently as your child gets older. Mix in less saturated colors for the wall paint and trim for a look that lasts.
Boredom is a NO NO!
Neutral is a word not often found in a child’s vocabulary. They are inherently attracted to color. A room for anyone under 18 is a very “personal” space. If possible, it’s best to save the neutral tones for your own bedroom and create a Zen space to provide the peaceful escape you need at the end of the day.
Buy the best mattress and pillows you can afford for your kids to support growing bodies and prevent posture problems, and resolve to have fun with the decorating.
Give In to Trendy
You may adore classic, simple and traditional in your family spaces, but know that your kids’ enthusiasms can change almost as often as they change their socks.
Embrace some of their quirky design ideas and moderate others to an acceptable level. As much as your toddler loves pink ruffles and sparkly stars, it is likely that pre-teens will be lobbying for giant black and white polka dots accented with brilliant yellow or deep purple tie-dye with a dash of orange.
Your son may move quickly from sailboats to soccer balls to camouflage prints and then bounce back just as quickly to primary color blocks, rugby stripes, signal flags or robots.
Stay Loose, Stay Flexible
Keeping up with your kids’ style wants is easier if you put some thought into the initial selection. Shop Buyer Select for reversible comforters or choose a patterned duvet cover as well as the second alternative in a solid color.
It’s a good idea to purchase a variety of pillow shams that you can mix and match to switch things up a bit for fun. Let your kids pick a couple of inexpensive accent pillows that relate to their current “loves” — they can be sports or pop music “idols” or a particular super-hero.
Pass them on to a friend or a sibling when your kid tires of them. Shop for quality and value; but remember that long-lasting is not a necessary goal. Nor is high cost. Take advantage of the specials you find, and then take your kids out for ice cream!
Mix and Layer, Add and Subtract
You can up the ante on creativity by adding and subtracting pieces based on the seasons; layer blankets and quilts to add a lot of “cozy” during the winter. Let your kids help decorate their rooms with artwork and accessories for each holiday.
Encourage neatness, if you can. But, most of all, encourage them to make their own decisions based on your budget and their own preferences. They’ll love you for it!
I hope you have found these tips helpful. Have fun creating your child’s bedroom!
Written by the Editor & Interior Designer for Buyer Select: Tracy Svendsen