For a child, a bedroom is more than just a place to sleep. It's a spot to do schoolwork, play games, rough-house, read, daydream, visit with friends and stockpile toys. As you plan out your child's bedroom, you'll need a space that serves all those functions — and is comfortable and practical for several years to come.
The ultimate experts on what kids like best are kids themselves, so get them involved in the design process by letting them help with selections. That being said, children's preferences change often, so use accessories and colors that be easily replaced. Overall, whether you're decorating a playroom, bedroom or nursery, be sure to think about fun, growth and practicality.
How do I decorate a playroom?
A playroom should be very lively and inspirational, so get creative with your colour and furnishings. A wall mural or wall decal is a great way to incorporate playful design; while a chalkboard wall lets kids produce their own masterpieces.
Try using fun furnishings, like beanbag chairs or floor cushions, and if you want to splurge, add in unique elements like a climbing wall, slide or swing. Because it is a multifunctional room, use space smartly. Install built-in cabinets and shelves for much-needed toy storage, and include a desk or work table for homework and coloring.
A craft station is a great way to get those creative juices flowing, or consider a small snack area with microwave and mini fridge. Divide the space into zones so that quieter kids can draw or read while louder, more active kids can watch TV or play a musical instrument.
How do I decorate a kid’s bedroom?
When designing a child's room, think about colour, colour and more colours. Incorporate a favorite hue on the walls or bring in bright accents, but stick with neutral furniture that doesn't need to be swapped out as interests change. While the furniture should be appropriate for your child's age, it also should be something that can grow with him or her.
Get full-sized dressers and cabinets that can last through the school years, and consider a bunk bed, which is great to share with siblings. As they get older and no longer want to share a room, you can add a desk underneath the top bunk. With so many toys and clothes, storage is key. Add built-ins if you can, but cubbies and shelves are also great for those on a budget.
How do I decorate a nursery?
In the younger years, safety is crucial. Review the literature on all surfaces and products, and get up to date on product recalls before you make major purchases. Once you've done your homework, it's time to start buying.
Of course, a crib and changing table are key purchases, while a rocking chair, baby swing and extra dresser are helpful additions. Be careful with adding too much furniture though; you want to be sure to leave some floor space for your young one to learn to crawl and walk.
When it comes to colour, don't feel the need to go with just standard pink and blue. Yellow, brown and green are all great gender neutral palette choices and will make your nursery stand out from others.
Don't add your fantasy into theirs.
Decorating a room provides a great opportunity for children to express their personalities, and can be a great opportunity for parents to learn more about their kids.
"I’ll ask a child what her favorite colour is and the mum thinks it's blue and the girl will say red," says designer Sherri Blum of Jack and Jill Interiors. "One girl wanted a workstation in her room for doing art. Her mom didn't know how important art was in this girl's life."
Blum assures clients that they will have final say but always tells them, "If you really want pink and your daughter wants lavender, we can redo your room in pink."