Children are continually growing in height and personality. The latter, an evolving personality, can also mean changing tastes, and this can be alarming when it comes to bedroom design. Changing tastes are all part of the fun of growing up, however, the constant redecorating can feel like the opposite – a daunting, time-consuming and costly task. While at first you may feel the need to update their bedroom décor in line with their newest favourite film or hobby, this really isn’t necessary.
Through choosing timeless colour schemes and investing in strong, high quality furniture, you will be well on your way to creating a room that can be tweaked to your child’s ever-changing preferences and therefore is more likely to stand the test of time.
Here are five ways to create a versatile child’s bedroom:
1. Paint the walls in neutral tones
Re-decorating the walls every few years as preferences change and trends come and go can create unnecessary costs. Instead of going for bold coloured walls or themed wallpaper, keep it neutral. Neutral colours such as taupe, beige, grey and shades of white will likely last a lot longer as there’s less opportunity for them to go out of style, and they make for a blank canvas. You can then bring the room to life by adding pops of colour through soft furnishings and accessories.
2. Opt for hidden storage
Space comes at a premium, and thus its often not possible for every family member to be lucky enough to have a large bedroom. Typically, the smallest members of the family given the smallest rooms in the house. However, this can be problematic as children and clutter come hand in hand; their toys, games and other belongings can often take up a lot of space. In order to minimise clutter and maximise floor space, making their bedroom appear larger, look to hidden storage solutions. When selecting furniture, keep an eye out for designs that can hide away last seasons wardrobe or fresh linens, such as a bed with underbed drawers.
3. Create a multi-purpose space with clever multi-functional furniture
A bedroom is an incredibly important space for everyone, but especially for children. Not only is it their sleep haven, where they can rest their head at the end of the day, but it’s also a safe space for learning and play. Certain furnishings, such as the many different children’s desks for sale, should be a staple piece in your child’s room throughout the years. Useful as a space to create arty masterpieces as a younger child, as they reach secondary education, their homework will begin to stack up, and having a desk will be invaluable in helping them to get their head down.
If you find your child’s room is lacking in available floor space, this needn’t mean the room can’t still be used as a versatile space. Multi-functional furniture can go a long way in helping to design a multi-purpose room for your child; consider a cabin bed – it’s amazing what you can fit underneath from play tents to shelves, drawers and even a pull-out desk!
4. Think vertically
Ideal for toys, crafts and more, look to vertical shelves. It may be handy to find a design that comes with pull out baskets or drawers, to keep things neatly organised away and minimise clutter. As mentioned above, this will also free up floor space for other activities and give the illusion of a bigger room.
5. Inject personality through accessories
It’s important to encourage your child to express their personality throughout their room, after all it is their personal space and they should feel happy and comfortable in it. A great way to add a touch of personality is through smaller accessories such as cushions, blankets and artwork. These can be changed and replaced more often as they are less costly and can often be donated or reused should the child grow tired of them.