Creating a room just for adults or even for the whole family is hard, but compared to creating a unique space for the kids, it seems like a breeze!
Kids can be pretty fussy from an early age, reacting badly to certain colour schemes and themes.
However, it’s possible to play it safe with the right mix of bright colours, fun-looking furniture and comfortable soft furnishings.
“Children are naturally creative and will love to have an input in the design of their own space. Encourage them to make suggestions on colour scheme and furnishings and then if necessary tone it down. Let them use their imagination to draw a picture of the room of their dreams and use that as the basis for the finished design. The final scheme should be bright and make the best use of the available natural light. Try and allow plenty of space around furnishings for freedom of movement.”
All about the walls
The first place to start when decorating a kids’ room is the walls. If painted with the right colour, they can help to make your child or children feel comfortable and happy. The best shades to use are pale yellow, sky blue, lavender and pink. Yellow is a neutral shade which is handy for couples who are expecting a new arrival.
Mix and match
While the walls should ideally be painted in the same colour, as far as soft furnishings are concerned, you can cut loose and use your imagination. Rugs, cushions, throws, bed linen and the furniture itself can all be different colours. Bright colours like lime green, yellow and orange are good, while red adds a little depth and warmth. Too many could cause a little sensory overload though.
For younger kids, when decorating a room, it might be worth including a few images of their favourite cartoon or fairy-tale character. Stencils can make it possible to paint them, but to save you the trouble, posters and stickers can make doing the job a little easier on you, plus they’re easier to remove as they grow out of them.