Decorating a child’s bedroom should be exciting and fun... But too often the reality can be so much harder! There are so many items to choose from, which can make picking one thing difficult. Then there are all the product recommendations of what others say you definitely ‘need’ to have and especially if it’s your first child, you don’t know what to purchase and what to leave on the shelf. Moreover, most products for boys tend to be blue and most items for girls usually pink. It can all be a bit samey and a bit predictable.
What about if what you want is a calm, neutral room with some splashes of colour and fun? A gentle nod to traditional ‘boy’ and ‘girl’ colours where appropriate, but you don’t necessarily want candy coloured pink or eye-popping blue to shout at you every time you enter the room. It’s meant to help the little ones sleep after all! (*wishful thinking sigh*)
So when you’re faced with so many choices, how is it best to start? Firstly it’s important to remember to just keep things simple. Look at what is actually necessary…. All your child really needs is a cot or bed, perhaps somewhere to change them if they are in nappies and a place to put their clothes. As time goes by the changing area can be removed to make way for a desk or table. There are a lot of ‘extras’ on the market and it’s so easy to get carried away and excited by them all. But if budget and time are tight, then wait and see how your child grows and what she or he shows an interest in before buying everything in advance or when they are too young to appreciate it.
Secondly, neutral does not mean boring. It can be much easier to have neutral walls and then add bright accessories or themed soft furnishings to the room which can be changed and adapted as your child grows up. Blackboard paint on wardrobe doors or a wall is a great way to allow children the chance to personalise their own space. And wallpaper can be framed or used on small areas or feature walls to incorporate a favourite theme. Fun accessories add interest and colour to the room.
Ask any parent about having children and there’s always a story about sleep. Or lack of. If you’re still umm-ing and ahh-ing about what colours to choose and want something more colourful, then look towards the psychology of colour for inspiration. Apparently the best colour to paint a bedroom to promote sleep is blue. Yellow is a pretty close second, followed by green. These colours are calming and promote relaxation. Incidentally, purple and brown are the worst colours. So if you’re stuck with what paint shade to go for, start with these and you may find that your child (and you) benefit from a good night’s shut eye.
If you're about to decorate the bedroom of a little munchkin, I hope some of these ideas will help. Enjoy the process and please do share your thoughts and any finished rooms! I'd love to see how you have decorated your child's bedroom...
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