It’s great fun to decorate your child’s room and provide him or her with a wonderful personal space. Not only does this make you happy as the provider, but it becomes a steady source of happiness to your child. Get your kid to pitch in with ideas and participate in the process. This will help develop your child’s aesthetic abilities and artistic sense. Here are 30 tips for decorating your child’s room.
Tips To Decorate A Girl’s Room
- Decide on a theme; girls tend to gravitate towards princess themes, Barbie themes and play park themes.
- Pick bright shades or wallpapers for the walls. Girls like pinks, peaches and icy blues. You can choose a different color for each wall, as long as the colors complement each other.
- Create a ‘fantasy zone’ in one corner. This is where the doll house, the soft toy collection and the tea party sets go.
- Create a window seat with a cushioned chair and place a small bookshelf nearby for your child’s reading time.
- Order a cot that fits your decoration theme; if it’s an undersea theme, order a cot that’s shaped like a mermaid. If it’s a Barbie theme, get a cot with a lacy canopy over which you can drape pink lacy drapes.
- Create a small extended artificial ceiling over the bed and embed small colored lights within it, to resemble stars in the sky.
- It’s a good idea to place a creative collage of your girl’s pictures on one wall. It becomes a talking point when she has her friends over.
- Girls need space to keep their knick knacks so create a dressing corner with a good-sized mirror and plenty of cubby holes to place all her things.
- Get her a jewelry organizer, or place little painted ceramic dishes for her clips, earrings, necklaces and other things.
- Don’t forget she needs plenty of space to move about as well; allow for a central space for her to do her projects and gather with friends.
Tips To Decorate A Boy’s Room
- Your boy’s room should reflect his personality; if he’s the sporty type, opt for a sports-based theme. If he’s the studious type, bring out his intellectual side in your decoration.
- Boys need plenty of room wherever they are; they cannot help knocking balls off the walls. Keep the walls simple; use a strong adhesive paint in bright, primary colors such as blue. Avoid pinks and peaches.
- Build a shelf next to his bed for his collection of soldiers, GI Joes and glow-in-the-dark toys.
- A revolving disco light that pulses as it moves is just the thing your boy will love to hang from the ceiling.
- Most boys struggle to keep their rooms orderly; provide discreet storage facilities under the cot for sneakers, toys and other things.
- Stick up posters of your boy’s favorite sport stars, music stars or video games. Keep at least two walls blank for any posters your child might want to stick later.
- Make cartoons out of cardboard and stick them on to storage bins; write the purpose of the bin on each cartoon character such as “Toys”.
- You can explore creative ideas for cots such as a race car, a plane, a submarine and so on. Remember your child will quickly outgrow these fancies, so be careful of how much you invest.
- Boys don’t care for a dressing area but a mirror should be present. You can fix a mirror on the closet door to save space.
- You can put up curtains in a boy’s room, but make sure they’re made of sturdy materials in bright colors.
General Decorating Tips
- Put in plenty of hooks and pouches for storage behind the bedroom door, the closet door and on the sides of shelves. Teach your kid to hang up things instead of throwing them around.
- Don’t forget that it’s your kid’s room and he or she has to be satisfied with the changes.
- Put up a large white board for your child to draw pictures. This will keep your child from drawing on your walls.
- Remember you may have to redecorate in just a few years. Don’t nail the woodwork to the walls and keep the walls simple so that you can repaint it at a moment’s notice.
- Don’t buy expensive furniture, unless they’re adult sized such as closets and dressing tables.
- If your child is at least 10 years old, get a side-table next to the bed for an iPod or music system with speakers. Build creative draws in the side table for music CDs.
- If you want to provide a TV for your child’s room, make sure it’s a small one, placed at a distance from the bed. You can get small color TVs with colorful bodies.
- A bunk bed is also a good idea to explore, as it allows other kids to stay over. Bunk beds also offer plenty of storage options.
- Place a study desk at the corner opposite the cot with an adjustable reading lamp on it. Make sure the table and chair are ergonomically designed for your child’s height and weight.
- A child’s room will experience a certain amount of wear and tear. Don’t use easily breakable materials such as glass or weak plywood.