When it comes to decorating a child’s room, always keep in mind to plan with an eye on the future. Children grow up so fast. This means that their rooms should have the capacity to evolve. For instance, you have to accommodate the needs of a toddler into a nursery room within a few months. These requirement changes will stretch right into early adulthood.
The best approach may be creating a blank canvas that will accommodate each new period in a child’s life. This will mean that you should avoid decorating a baby’s room in a stereotypical nursery style, however tempting the prospect. Instead, an anonymous, discreetly decorative look will allow you to offer a more enduring scheme. The same applies to furniture; for example, once a child has outgrown a cot, it is possible to buy a bed that will last until adulthood.
Flexibility is the main concept. In the same way as the best living rooms and kitchens are those that can accommodate a variety of activities, a child’s room should serve as a place to sleep, play, work and read. Because plenty of floor space gives more flexibility, many people opt for a bunk bed over a desk and sitting area, maximizing the available space in the rest of the room. Another popular option is a built-in bed with storage below.
The rules for children’s bedroom windows are similar to those in any other bedroom. When choosing curtains or blinds for a baby’s room, include blackout lining, which is the only way to ensure that a room is completely dark in daylight. For lighting fixtures, you should go for good overhead lighting such as low-voltage spots. For safety, always fit dummy plugs in the plug sockets.
If you are taking a long-term view with your decorating approach, it makes sense to choose a plain backdrop onto which you can hang pictures. For the sake of preserving wall surfaces, an effective idea is to fix a large area of cork on the wall to put up drawings or other artwork. Alternatively, you could paint an area of wall with a coat of blackboard paint to provide a permanent blackboard.
It would be a pity to hamper a child’s creativity by laying an expensive, hard-to-maintain floor covering. A hard floor covered with rugs will offer the greatest combination of comfort, flexibility and practicality. However, if you decide to fit a carpet or natural flooring in a child’s room, ensure that it is easily cleaned — it might be more practical to use floor tiles that can be replaced instead.
If your budget will allow, built-in storage will make the best use of the available space. However, easy access is paramount; for toy storage use simple shelves fitted into an alcove, each holding a row of baskets or transparent storage boxes of a uniform size and style. For the sake of tidiness, you may decide to install a curtain pole towards the front of the alcove and hang a neutral-colored curtain from it.
The secret to create a child’s room is to create a multi-functional space that can easily be transformed at regular intervals so that it keeps up to date with constantly changing tastes and interests.