If you’re anything like me, you’ll remember your childhood room as a flood of gender specific, babyish items and decor.
The truth of this matter is, parents want to give their precious child simply the best, and spend silly amounts of money on a beautiful bedroom before the child’s individual taste has developed. This often results in redecorating only a few short years later, and spending just as much money a second time.
My mum was exactly the same. She wanted her firstborn to have the prettiest, pinkest room ever to be seen. And boy, did she go the whole hog! The pastel pink embossed ballet shoe wallpaper, border and bedding would lead anyone to think I was a mad ballet fanatic! It was when I reached 7 that it occurred to me that I had been to ballet twice when I was 3, and hated it even then.
It was then that I wanted change. Forcing mum to rip down the thick, expensive wallpaper, and paint the walls a bright lilac and turquoise, for (in my young mind) a more sophisticated, mature look.
So, how can I decorate my child’s room in a style they won’t outgrow? I hear you ask. Well, I have a few tips which will hopefully help.
1) Stick to paint – It’s much easier to simply slap another colour over the top if you or your child fancies a change, and you won’t have to go through the bother of stripping wallpaper and putting new lining paper up.
2) Stay neutral – Although it may be tempting to go for typical blue for a boy and pink for a girl looks, don’t! Keep the walls a neutral white or cream and put your own stamp on the room with bedcovers and curtains in the colour you desire. These are a lot cheaper to replace if another colour or style is wanted!
3) Accessorise, Accessorise, Accessorise! – Accessories are a really fun way or defining a room. Clocks, cushions, lamps, rugs, ornaments and shelves can really give a child’s room an edge depending on what style you go for, be it colourful and funky, or soft and feminine.
4) High sleepers = bad news – Sure, your child will think it’s really fun to sleep up near the ceiling at first. But soon they won’t look forward to climbing up and down a ladder every time they get in and out of bed. Plus, is it really worth the worry that they’ll fall out of it and injure themselves? Stick to a simple bed that’s timeless and won’t be outgrown.
Here are some photos of, in my opinion, child’s rooms at their best!
BELVISI make beautiful modern furniture for a child’s rooms, as this photo illustrates perfectly. The coloured panels on the bed match the shelving units and desk top, tying the whole room together to create a funky vibe.
Accessories in bright colours such as the cushion and mini drawers shown above work really well in a child’s bedroom, as they do not come across babyish and will last a child well into their teens. I specifically like the hanging wall piece shown above, as it can be used for photos and certificates when a child is young, and for homework reminders and so on as they grow older.
So, what do you think is the best way to decorate a child’s room? Have I inspired you and changed your mind about baby pink and blue?
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