Decorating a nursery for a new baby is a fun job, and there are lots of beautiful options when it comes to choosing a theme and setting upthe room. Most parents aim for softer, pastel shades and add a few brighter colors to accessorize. As the baby grows, however, the requirements for the child’s bedroom will change, so it’s useful to update the décor to include furniture and toys for a toddler and then a personal space for an older child as the dreaded teen years get closer and closer.Here are a few ideas you can adapt to suit your child’s age and preferences.
Although recommendations for colors used in adults’ bedrooms tend be for soft shades that are conducive to sleep, most children love a splash of bright color in their rooms. This is a great opportunity to involve your childin some of your decorating decisions. Think carefully before you agree to expensive wallpaper covered in princesses or superheroes as this year’s current obsession is liable to be replaced by next year’s very quickly. You can always decide to paint the room in a neutral color and perhaps allow one feature wall to be papered. Alternatively, you can use decals for a theme as they are easy to remove and change, and they’re a lot cheaper than expensive paper.
Don’t forget the ceiling when you’re choosing decorations; many children love to see a pattern of stars above them as they drift off to sleep. You can scatter them above the bed or use a chandelier for a different effect.
The centerpiece of your child’s bedroom is likely to be the bed. You should think carefully about what type of bed will be most suitable and last the longest. In fact, a standard adult single bed can be dressed up to be different and eye-catching with a few simple props. Use your imagination – and your child’s – to dream up ways to reflect the things they like using simple, safe techniques.
Windows and doors
You will want to make sure your windows have a secure catch and there is no danger of little ones falling out. Fit wooden shutters instead of curtains as they allow you to control the amount of natural daylight in the bedroom during the day and can be closed tightly at night to cut down external noise and provide privacy.They are available in lots of different colors, and unlike blinds and curtains, you can easily repaint them rather than having to replace them when the décor changes. Make the most of doors by using storage pockets that hook over the tops. This is a great way to encourage children to tidy up after playtime.
You will also want to organize storage for clothes and toys, unlessyou have a separate playroom in your home. Encourage your child to group toys by type and size – small, medium, and large, for example. You can always filter out anything that no longer works, as long as it’s okay with your child. Perhaps your child has outgrown some belongings. These items can be recycled if broken or passed on to others if they’re in good condition.
You might also consider using see-through plastic storage containers for toys in a variety of sizes and let your child make labels for them in different colors. If your child has helped you choose the containers and labeled them,they’re more likely to remember where their toys are and to return them to the right place.
If your child also needs a workspace, you can add a small desk, preferably with some drawers, and a chair. Desks are great for everything from homework to craft activities, painting, drawing or board games. Older children may well use a tablet or small desktop computer, and it’s a good idea to make sure any devices that are charging up overnight are elsewhere in your home as this is a safer option.
If your child’s bedroom is where they spend most of their time, you’ll want a hard-wearing floor covering, preferably one that is washable in case of spills. This doesn’t rule out a little bit of home comfort underfoot by the bedside, such as a soft, springy area rug with an attractive color and design.
Finally, artificial lighting can be used to provide general brightness in the bedroom or a focused light for particular tasks, such as reading or studying. You may also want to consider a nightlight if your child is more comfortable with one before drifting off to sleep.