When decorating your child’s bedroom, there’s no need to sacrifice on quality or style.
Yes, you’ll want to put as much love into it as possible, but if you’re not a designer, figuring out what you love can be easier said than done; especially if this is your first time.
Whether you’re a veteran designer or an amateur who loves a good DIY, here are a few tips to make sure your child’s room looks and feels amazing.
1. Create a vision board
Whether it be via Pinterest or by hand, creating a vision board makes you really think about what you want to accomplish. Vision boards provide daily doses of motivation and a cure for creativity blocks. If you don’t know where to start or what you’re looking for, making a vision board can help get those creative juices flowing. Also, vision boards are super fun to make! They are a stress-free way to unload some of your deepest inspirations without scrutinising them.
2. Know your budget and prepare accordingly
Without a budget, you are definitely going to end up spending way more money that you would have first anticipated. By having a budget, it keeps you accountable for your actions, you know your limitations and you stick to them.
Not only do budgets allow for a sense of monetary control, but they also allow you to identify and distinguish between essential requirements and fill-ins. With the two categories in mind, you can appropriately delegate funds to what needs to be in the room and what doesn’t. It’s important to realise that it’s okay to splurge sometimes, but it’s equally important to scale back; having a budget allows you to have a reasonable amount of both.
3. Get your child’s feedback
Your child is your client—and at the end of the day, it’s their bedroom. Before you develop your creative vision, run it by your child and get their input. If you want to give your kid the room of their dreams, including them in the process is a must. Kids are beyond creative, so instead of ignoring such an asset, tap into it. You never know…their idea could be better than yours?
4. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box
Many designers get stuck in the “what is trending” at the moment bubble when creating new spaces. If you and your child don’t want to make the room look mainstream, that is totally okay! Having the confidence to step out of the box can result in amazing designs, as long as you do your research first. You are trying to create a space your child will enjoy, and if that means painting bananas on the wall or buying a 7-foot dinosaur—so be it.
5. It should still feel like a kid’s room
Similar to the point made above, try to remember that this is still meant to be a child’s room. Don’t get swept up in all of the colour choices or furniture arrangements—you still want the room to feel like it belongs to a child. If you want to spoil your kid with expensive bed frames or extravagant bookshelves, go for it, but don’t feel obligated to do so. At the end of the day, showing care and putting a little time and effort into bring your child’s dream room to life is probably going to be enough in their minds. It’s the thought that counts.
6. Avoid perfectionism
For some parents, the overall process of designing their child’s bedroom can seem a little overwhelming. We want everything to look and be perfect, but unfortunately if you hold on to this mindset you’ll never be satisfied. The earlier you give up the idea of perfection, the better.
Parenting is not about what’s perfect, but about what’s possible. A child’s room does not need to be perfect, nor filled with expensive gifts, to be filled with love.
So, there you have it, our top tips for nailing your child’s dream bedroom! Good luck on your design journey! You’ve got this!