Decorating a child’s room should be an enjoyable experience for the parent and the child. The parent should not just jump in and start making the decorating decisions and choices. After all, a child’s room is where he or she goes to play, be creative, and dream.
Talk to the child about what she would like to do in the room. The answer you get might seem a bit outrageous, but that’s alright, remember that a child’s imagination is sharper than an adult’s.
The one ground rule you should stick to is this: stick to no more than two themes. That way it won’t get too crazy! Find out what the child is interested in. There are many possibilities – Disney characters, baseball, fairies, horses, Harry Potter, and more.
Think “Zones” When Planning
A child doesn’t just use her room for sleeping; she also plays there, does homework, and hangs out with her friends. Plan different zones for each activity and incorporate these into the room decoration scheme. Some will overlap, but that’s a good thing; it will help with the flow.
What special considerations should the zones have? Lighting is an important issue. The area where the child does homework and reads should be well lit but the play area can be a bit more subdued. If the floor is wood, laminate, or tile, think about a rug that fits the theme in the play area.
Incorporate Plenty of Storage into the Design
Face it, kids have a lot of “stuff”in their lives. And all that stuff needs to be organized and accessible. Of course, there is the ubiquitous toy box. There should also be plenty of shelving. Shelving is perfect for books and displaying those trophies and pictures.
Don’t forget about the closet. This area should hold the bulk of the child’s clothes, but it is also a great place to store sports equipment, Baseball bats, hockey sticks, and tennis rackets. Maximize the use of this area by taking the shelving all the way to the ceiling, with the least used items at the top.
Decorating the Bedroom Walls
Ask the child if he wants to paint the walls with his favorite color. If the color is too garish, suggest painting one wall that color and using a more subdued paint on the other walls.
For instance, if the child opts for an extreme blue, go for a light blue pastel on the other walls. The paint itself should be a gloss or semi-gloss. Kids tend to leave lots of hand prints and these both clean up well.
Hang posters of the child’s favorite sports stars or singing idols on the walls. Don’t get overly fancy with this; they will most likely change within the next six months. It might be Sponge Bob today and Led Zeppelin before the year is out.
Chances are that you can find a light switch cover that matches the decorating theme. This is always a nice touch. Ask your child if she would like a white board to draw on or to help with her homework. This is also a great place for the parent to place subtle reminders.
Keep the bedroom decoration project fun. This is a great time to bond with your child and to integrate yourself more fully into his life.
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