Designing a bedroom for kids

No matter what age your kid is, designing their room is always fun. You get to work with bold colours and lots of imagination.

Photo courtesy Decorating Den

Photo courtesy Decorating Den

The most important thing to remember when you are designing your kid’s bedroom, whether or not they are helping out by giving their input, is flexibility.

“When you are deciding on redecorating a kid’s room, choose a theme or colour combination that will grow with your child,” says Sherrie Patterson with Bracko Brothers Quality Home Furnishings. “Toy Story might be great for your child’s age right now but in a few years they will want something different.

“If you decorate with colour, then you can add accents that can be changed out as they change their interests.”

The design and colour scheme for the room should be simple and based on the child’s preference – let him or her take part in choosing this. Katie O’Dwyer, local designer and owner of the Decorating Den, offers some simple tips for selecting the colour of the room. “Begin with the rug and the fabrics for the bedding or windows,” she says. “Since there are infinite shades of paint but only a few ideal fabrics, don’t make the popular mistake of selecting wall paint first.

“Also, don’t be afraid to mix patterns, colours and textures.”

As with the theme, finding furniture that will grow up with the child is the best choice. “Think versatile, quality and non-trendy for this most expensive component of the project,” O’Dwyer says. “Avoid using anything too cutesy that will limit your pre-teen’s fickle taste.”

If the room is growing right from a newborn’s nursery, consider furniture that can accommodate new needs. “A changing table where the top can be taken off to convert to a dresser or a crib that can be converted into a single bed are great investment pieces,” Patterson says.

One thing that will remain constant is there can never be too much storage in a kid’s room.

“Toys and books should be easily accessible, which is why good storage furniture is the most important part of any child’s room,” says Madeleine Löwenborg-Frick, public relations manager for IKEA Canada.

Bookcases are a great way to create storage. “You can buy colourful boxes or baskets to contain items and keep a room feeling clean and organized,” Patterson says. “An armoire also has storage for toys when they are young and can become storage for clothes, games and books as they grow.”

A closet is a good place to add modified storage – additional shelves and hooks can store more items than a single hanging bar.

Also, think about what the child will be doing in the room. “If they will be doing homework, then set them up with a working space with good lighting and storage for books and supplies,” Patterson says. “You want the room to be inviting so they are happy to be in the space.”

Don’t underestimate how much kids enjoy creating small, cozy places of their own, cocooning into playhouses, tents and forts. “Preteens love the intimate sleep area created by tall headboards, mock canopies and screens,” O’Dwyer says. “These can be elaborate and frilly, or tailored to a young boy’s taste.

“Keeping in mind teen fads are fleeting things, achieve thematic decorating through easily replaced accessories such as pillows, lampshades and art.”

Trundle beds can also be a great solution for sleepovers, or use that extra space under the bed for additional storage.

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