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Kids’ bedroom schemes have to tick a lot of boxes. Not only do they have to please you and, from a very young age, your children, too, they also have to be aesthetically pleasing to grow with your children so you’re not redecorating and changing furniture at a rate that’s time consuming and costly. They also need to stand up well to the wear and tear they’ll inevitably get, and pack in plenty of storage, too. With so many needs in mind, discover how to make sure your kids’ rooms fit the bill with our bedroom decorating ideas...
The colour scheme
If you want to cut down on redecorating through the years, a colour scheme with flexibility is preferable. Consider painting walls in a neutral shade, leaving colour to come from the more easily changed features like bed linen, rugs, throws and artwork. Neutral walls also make room swaps easier if you have to exchange with your child at a later date, or siblings move rooms.
If you or they do want colour on the walls, try to build in some longevity with the choice of hues. Take candy pink, for example, rather than opting for a bright colour that's likely to go out of trend, opt for a more muted version. A more sophisticated take on a given shade will keep you and your children happy.
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The feature wall
Hanging wallpaper is a fabulous way to give kids’ rooms individual style. There's lots of specialist children’s wallpapers out there as well as graphic prints and patterns from other ranges. To cut down your spend, try wallpapering alcoves either side of a chimney breast or wallpaper only one feature wall, then paint the rest of the room in a coordinating shade.
Don't like the faff of wallpapering? Here's an easy alternative. Add pattern or imagery with wall stickers which are easy to apply and remove when the kids tire of them.
There’s plenty of choice when it comes to flooring that’ll prove durable with your little ones running around the place. Go for carpet if you want good noise insulation. It’s also that bit more forgiving on dropped objects, comfortable underfoot and warm to sit on.
Prefer a hard floor covering to make coping with spills simpler? Vinyl is easy to look after, warm underfoot and will stand the test of time. Laminate’s a possibility also, with the more quality versions being more durable. Good solid and engineered wood will also stand the test of time lasting beyond childhood years, so don’t rule them out either.
Want the best of both worlds? Lay a hard floor and soften with a rug. There are plenty of striking designs for children of all ages and a rug is easy to update as their tastes change.
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The window dressing
Getting your window dressing right in a child's bedroom can prove tricky. Long curtains can easily be pulled down, fabric blinds are hard for children to reach and close themselves. We may sound biased but shutters are a strong choice in a nursery or child's bedroom.
They're completely bespoke so will fit their window perfectly. They are a better light reduction solution than other window dressing, achieving near blackout to help children sleep undisrupted by light. They even help to reduce noise if you're conscious the neighbours may complain when you have noisy sleepovers.
Does your child have allergies? Curtains and blinds can harbour dust mites whereas shutters are easily wiped down be free of germs and smells.
For older children’s rooms, we recommend opting for louvred shutters to ensure privacy and allow light control. Opt for a thicker slat in children's bedrooms as they'll cancel out light more effectively than our smaller slats.
The bed frame
Once kids move to their first beds, you can have fun with themed versions or opt for a plainer design. Alternatively, a full-size single can last from toddler years to guest room use when childhood’s passed. For extra stash space, consider those with storage underneath like this example from Loaf, or pull-out under-beds for the times they'd like their friends to stay.
Buying for a 10-year-old or up? If there’s room, a double bed can be worthwhile. Once again, consider storage bed options to maximise tidying-away space as we all know they quickly accumulate belongings.
If space is short, look at platform beds with desk space underneath to create a 'mezzanine' level, which can make even a box room feel like a more desirable den.
There are plenty of specialist children’s pieces on offer, but it’s worth thinking ahead and opting for designs that aren’t going to look out of place in a couple of years. Painted furniture can be updated easily if it starts to look tired or the colour no longer pleases, or try opting for classic wood finishes that are timeless in design.
Chests of drawers are more practical as clothes storage for younger children, and full-size wardrobes can be added in later on once their items require hanging space. Alternatively, pick a wardrobe design featuring shelves to which a hanging rail can be added later on.
The storage solutions
Pack in the storage to keep up with all that accumulates in children’s rooms. Plenty of shelving at a height the room’s occupant can reach is a must-have, and baskets and other containers that slide into frameworks or under the bed can help you, and later on them, quickly tidy clutter that’s crept across the floor.
Consider investing in modular furniture ranges for kids’ rooms as they can be added to as collections grow, and think multipurpose as well. Storage boxes or upholstered cubes and ottomans that double as seats are a sensible buy.
Need some help selecting shutters for your child's bedroom or nursery? Get in touch with our team. They're experts in helping our customers design, measure and fit shutters to even the trickiest of windows.