When it comes to decorating your home you probably go to great lengths to make sure it’s elegant and tasteful and at the back of your mind you’re always going to be thinking about your property value. All this needs to go out your head when you’re decorating a child’s bedroom because ultimately it needs to be done for them. Children don’t want elegant and tasteful they want fun and exciting so here are a few things you need to bear in mind when decorating the kid’s bedroom.
Give Them Credit
Assuming your child is old enough to have a valid opinion about their room you both need to sit down together at the start of the project and plan out what you both want. As much as it’s your child’s bedroom you have to have the final say otherwise you’re going to end up with a bright pink bedroom and you’ll have to wear sunglasses every time you venture in. Have a look round the internet and print some pictures off, flick through some magazines and take a few ideas. Stick everything on a piece of paper so there can’t be any arguments about what was agreed later on.
Give Them The Finances
The next thing you need to do is work out a budget, you and your kid already have a rough idea of what you want but it’s going to cost money. One way to manage this is to let your child look after the money, this can help teach them responsibility and the value of money. They can make a note every time something is purchased and they can always see what they’ve got left. If they start spending too much too quickly you just need to sit them down and point out what’s on the original plan they’re not going to have enough money left for.
Keep It Adaptable
Don’t forget your kids taste is going to change and it’s probably going to change quite quickly, rather than having their favourite Disney character plastered all over the walls just keep the walls and floor in a complementary colour and accessories with the rest of the room. Getting their favourite character on a bedspread, curtains and lamp shade will still be enough to dominate the room but these things are much quicker and cheaper to change when their tastes do. If they do decide they want new bed spreads six month down the line it might be worth pulling out the original plan and the budget that was spent to help teach them responsibility.
Keep The Furniture Neutral
When it comes to the more expensive things like the bed and the rest of the furniture this needs to be kept as neutral as possible. The bed linen can easily make any bed feel like new and a homemade canopy can make any little girl fee like a princess without breaking the bank. To give the furniture some personality you can always use some stencils to add some funky patterns, these can easily be painted over without affecting the functionality of the furniture.
Make It Easy To Tidy
Don’t forget children love to make a mess and it’s really not hard to do with the amount of toys and bits and pieces kids these days have. Make sure there’s plenty of storage built into this new room and it has to be storage they’re going to use. Something like a big chest is great for when they’re told to tidy their room as all the toys can just be thrown in. Shelves are a great way to keep most rooms clear but make sure you’re not effectively putting a giant ladder saying ‘climb me’ in your child’s room. Any shelves you do have need to be well off the ground and out of reach of adventurous little hands.
Jessica is an SEO for Splash Direct and is in the middle of decorating her 7 year old daughter’s bedroom.