When thinking about styling a child’s bedroom, some may get excited about the prospect and others intimidated. Children are unique, fun, quirky individuals, so there is no reason why their rooms cannot match their neat personalities. This is sometimes easier said than done though. When styling a child’s room, there are some important things to be considered.
When you choose a paint color and decorating motif for your bathroom, you are probably relatively confident that for at least the next five years or so, you’ll be happy with sea foam colored walls and a beach theme. However, when your four year old daughter insists on a princess themed room, there is a good chance she will change her mind within a year or two. So, what is the solution when your six year old son loves dinosaurs, but eats, lives, and breathes soccer by his seventh birthday? It is vital that the styling in children’s bedrooms is readily adaptable. If parents completely redecorated every time a child changed an interest, children’s bedrooms would be in a constant state of construction. One idea to help with this, is to choose a more basic wall color and add embellishments as seen fit. For example, the princess loving girl could have light pink walls with some princess applique stickers attached. That way, it is easier and much less expensive when she decides that princesses are out and puppies are in. Do as much of your styling as possible with relatively easy and inexpensive changes, such as pillows, switch plate covers, pictures, and throw rugs. These things can all be relatively easily swapped out when the time comes.
Livability and comfort are two other important considerations when styling a child’s bedroom. We want the rooms to be inviting and comfortable. Ideally, a child’s bedroom will be a place they desire to be at the end of a long day. While still important to teach children to keep their living space tidy, this is an area that will most likely be cluttered at times. Provide some easy organization tools in your child’s room. This can be a couple of baskets for toys or a bookshelf with space for books and boxes for other odds and ends. It is reasonable to expect a child to keep their space tidy, but it is very helpful if parents provide some guidance and tools.
One final thing to consider is a child’s personal style and how this can be incorporated into their bedroom. There is no guarantee that a child’s sense of style will coincide nicely with your style throughout the house. This is fine. It is very important that their ideas are treated as valid. This does not mean letting them loose with no supervision and a paint brush. The results could be disastrous and very costly. Find some ways to safely and inexpensively incorporate their personal style. For example, let your child paint a couple of pictures that are special to them. Then you can frame them and hang them in your child’s room. You could let your child decorate the frame of a mirror that you plan to hang in their room. Maybe they could choose a bean bag or chair that suits their taste. By allowing a child’s personal style to shine through, things may not all match perfectly, but they will most certainly consider their room perfectly styled!