Catering for your child’s wants and whims whilst appeasing your own inner perfectionist can be tricky. Striking a balance between creativity and practicality is at the heart of the problem for many parents. Kids are more than happy to demand a theme that they are bound to outgrow well before you are ready to re-invest to update their bedroom. With this predicament in mind, here are some ideas that will keep your kids and your bank balance happy.
Indulging your child’s demands for an extremely specific theme should be avoided. Instead, opting for a broader theme not only gives you more room to work with when it comes to furnishings and colour schemes, it is also more likely to age gracefully as your child matures. For example, a Dora the Explorer obsession is unlikely to last longer than a couple of years. However, installing a wall-sized map and a telescope will satisfy their exploratory ambitions. A cuddly monkey toy is an inexpensive but worthy replacement for Dora’s anthropomorphic ally Boots.
Generally-speaking, bright and engaging colours are the way to go when it comes to decorating a child’s room. Off-setting an otherwise neutrally coloured room with a single wall of a bold colour is an eye-catching and attention-grabbing design as well as providing a compromise in colour between warring parent and child.
Preventing your child’s bedroom from becoming cramped and restrictive is a priority. How can your son or daughter grow to love a room that resembles a prison cell? Furniture with storage functionality and wall-mounted appliances are two simple ways to generate space. One particularly innovative space-saving solution is a chair library. For the unfamiliar, a chair library is a chair with bookshelves embedded into the sides and base of the chair. Its purpose is multi-fold. As well as cleverly storing books within arm’s reach of the chair, the diversity of book covers helps to add a splash of colour to the room.
As well as serving an aesthetic function, nightlights are a source of comfort to many children. Because of their popularity, there are thousands of designs to choose from, many of which will fit into a variety of different themes and colour schemes. Some are wall-hanging (ideal for saving space) and others double as clocks and room thermometers. The only thing that is certain however is that you need to make sure it emits red light. Unlike white and blue-based lights, red light does not inhibit the body’s secretion of melatonin, which sends a message to the brain to go to sleep.
Key to making their bedroom a place they want to spend time in, is establishing spaces they find interesting. Of course, these will vary depending on your child’s interests. The ability to transform a run-of-the-mill midsleeper into a fantasy land, makes a steens tent an invaluable investment. Your child’s bed can double as anything from a knight’s castle, to a pirate’s ship, making below deck the perfect nook for reading. Alternatively, a suspended chair, or hammock (if you are feeling especially adventurous) helps to create a fluid and fun atmosphere.