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Creative Design Ideas for Your Child’s Bedroom

Decorating a child’s bedroom is a chance to experiment, but be aware that children have definite ideas of their own. Take into account their tastes, age and interests. Be wary of themes, though, and especially of passing crazes, unless you relish re-decorating.

Creative Design IdeasYou will still be able to indulge yourself in the nursery, however. Make good use of primary colors here. Mobiles will hold the baby’s gaze, but why not paint your own mural onto a wall? Framed and dated handprints, or footprints, will create souvenirs to treasure in later years. And don’t forget a height chart for the years to come!

Turn sleeping quarters into a den, where they can be creative at any time of day. Position furniture close to a window, as the perfect light source for your child’s bedroom, or substitute table lamps for natural light, if it’s more appropriate. Paint surfaces white for maximum reflection.

According to a study, a child has five times its own body weight in possessions, so plan plenty of storage. Stick to neutral for paintwork and wallpaper, and reserve strong colors for accessories. They will be easier and cheaper to change when required.

Creative Design Ideas for Your Child's BedroomIf a family has to share, a room divider might be appreciated. They can personalize on both sides to enable roommates to express their separateness; or let them use the walls as their canvas. Table lamps in each section will allow them to light up their own spaces separately.

Child-sized furniture is easy to obtain, with auction rooms, second-hand shops and markets being good hunting-grounds. Wood is a hard wearing material, and easy to repaint. Beds can be bunk beds if space is tight, or can have storage beneath them. As well as shelves and drawers, a large box should help to keep the floor tidy. Stencil your child’s name on the side of the container to encourage them to put away belongings.

Painted and upturned boxes would also make novel bedside cupboards, with table lamps to give the room a cozy glow. Make storage child-friendly to aid the development of tidy habits. A wardrobe with curtains in place of doors allows easier access, and is safer for small fingers. Attach pictures of contents to drawers, to get your children used to finding things for themselves (and hopefully, filing them away again afterwards!).

Involve your child in the project, and it will be a satisfying experience for both of you.


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About Sofia

Wife to a wonderful man and mother to 2 little boys. Loves chocolate, coffee and chips with hot sauce and lime. Pretend chef and aspiring photographer.
20th November 2013

Your Comments:

  1. November 20, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Oh wow. Those bedrooms look awesome. My daughter is in love with the color pink, so everything in her room is pink. Could definitely use an update.

  2. November 20, 2013 at 8:08 am

    I am always look for new storage and room decorating ideas. I love the room divider in the last picture!

  3. November 20, 2013 at 9:19 am

    I like the idea of separating a shared room by a curtain. That does afford some privacy where none was before. I like the colors in that first room!!

  4. November 20, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Huge space, wish our bedrooms are that big so it would be fun to decorate.

  5. November 20, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Wonderful rooms! I agree that theming can be outgrown and you have to be careful. Even teens change their minds easily:)

  6. November 20, 2013 at 11:48 am

    The first photo embodies what I’d love to do to my daughter’s room but with girly colors :) I love the idea of shelves and lockers for extra storage.

  7. November 20, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    I love the unique walls on the bottom pictures.

    I’m always looking for more ideas my storage is a mess. x

  8. November 20, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    We are always redecorating around here, thanks for the great ideas!

  9. November 20, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    The space has such a happy, open feel to it. Love all the tips on decorating!

  10. November 20, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    I totally agree. Kids have their own ideas on how to decorate their rooms. With my kid, I let her decide what she wants and then just make it a reality.

  11. November 20, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    I love the idea of the hanging curtain, what a clever way to give privacy even if you have to share a room.

  12. November 20, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    cool bedrooms my son would love this

  13. November 21, 2013 at 3:14 am

    Love the bedroom ideas for kids here. What I notice in the pictures is that the rooms are spacious or roomy… That is what I wish my boys have when we transfer from a smaller house to bigger one.

  14. November 21, 2013 at 5:27 am

    There are some good ideas here! I like the curtain divider. I am going to copy that for my new home office.

  15. November 21, 2013 at 6:40 am

    Love that the top looks spacious and organized!

  16. November 21, 2013 at 7:11 am

    Kids room arrangement or decorating them is a big challenge for us mothers…we need to ensure that they will love what’s inside their room as well as the decors you put in, the more comfortable they are the better.

  17. November 21, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Those are some great ideas, we are redecorating my kid’s bedrooms now and will take these into account.

  18. November 22, 2013 at 1:56 am

    I love the bedroom on the first picture. It’ll be perfect for my boy.