When it comes to decorating, few projects are as fun as a child’s bedroom; indeed, many parents embrace the challenge of redesigning their little one’s room, throwing themselves wholeheartedly into the magic and excitement that accompanies the task at hand. If you’re looking to create a space that’s fresh and funky, and captures your little one’s imagination, then the sky really is the limit; how often can you let your paintbrush do the talking without worrying about the repercussions?
That said, such freedom isn’t without its disadvantages; just where do you start? While pink princesses, blue knights, dinosaurs, transport, and fairies are popular gendered bedroom ideas, more and more parents are seeking to embrace their child’s passions without stereotyping their bedroom. If you’re looking for a bedroom that engages your child’s imagination and embraces their passions yet steers clear of stereotypes, we have some perfect bedroom ideas that you’re bound to fall in love with. What’s more, many of these ideas could be adapted as your child grows, ensuring that you won’t need to redesign that bedroom each year.
Imagining the Ideal Bedroom for Your Tot
The perfect child’s bedroom is comfortable and warm, with plenty of storage space for toys, books, and cuddly friends, as well as a cozy bed, or cot bed. Indeed, even the smallest spaces can become wonderlands if you apply a little creativity and know-how; who says that imagination has a limit? You may well have your own ideas regarding your little one’s ideal bedroom, but here are a few of our favorites to get you started.
Plain and Pretty
If you’re looking for a bedroom that will grow with your child, you can’t go wrong with plain and pretty; combining cream, beige, or white walls with wooden furniture and flashes of color contributed by your child’s toys and soft furnishings, such a style is timeless and will take very little effort to complete – and even less to alter as your little one becomes a not-so-little one. This interior would suit girls and boys of any age, and would enable them to make their mark via the collection of pictures and posters that they’ll no doubt collect as they grow up.
Top tip: keep the room’s walls, carpet, and curtains warm and neutral, but allow a rug and your child’s toys to pepper a little color across the space.
Big, Bold, and Beautiful
Does your child have a favorite color? Do you dream of creating the kind of space that a circus would be proud of? It’s time to go big, bold, and beautiful. Children love to interact with different colors, and such a room is bound to be fun and funky – as well as engaging for little ones of all ages. If you’re going to go big, you may as well do it properly and aim to theme everything from the walls and carpet, to furniture and accessories. Can there be such a thing as too much color?
Top tip: bold is beautiful, but try and limit the room to one or two main colors to prevent an eyesore. Primary colors will add a circus or funfair edge, while candy pinks, baby blues, and natural greens are popular with parents and children alike.
What child doesn’t like animals, or enjoy being surrounded by friendly faces that inspire their imagination? Choosing to decorate your child’s bedroom with animal-themed prints and patterns will inspire you like nothing else; the possibilities really are endless. Younger children will adore the many animal accessories that you’ll be able to source online and on the high street, including the Alphabet Zoo Mega Baby Mat, which can be found on Skip Hop; playmats for babies are a wonderful inclusion, and will stimulate as well as decorate.
Top tip: use neutral colors for your child’s walls, carpet, and furniture, and choose reusable stickers if you can find them; your child will have a wonderful time moving their favorite animals around their room, adding a whole new dimension to their space – and creativity.
A Creative Space for Characters
From nursery rhyme characters and favorite cartoons, to literary personas and imaginary friends, children love to engage with all manner of new friends; your child’s bedroom is the ideal place to pay homage to that treasured book or television show. Beatrix Potter and Disney characters are popular at present, and your child will adore falling asleep and waking up next to familiar faces. As your child grows up, their tastes are likely to change; choose borders, stickers, and decals to decorate the bedroom so that themes can be changed whenever a new favorite character arrives on the scene.
Top tip: do your research, particularly if your child’s favorite characters happen to be popular at the moment. A quick search will no doubt throw up all manner of memorabilia, and you may find that you’re able to easily copy many of the ideas without splashing too much cash on official items.
Choosing to decorate your child’s room is a fantastic excuse to let your imagination run riot, and to embrace the colors, themes, and characters that your child adores the most. Whether you’re keeping things simple yet striking, going to town with a mural and decals, or adding splashes of color here and there, it’s impossible to go wrong when it comes to a little one’s bedroom. As long as your child is engaged and happy, you know you’re all in for a good night’s sleep.