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5 Simple Steps for Dreamy Kids' Bedrooms

5 Simple Steps for Dreamy Kids' Bedrooms

Posted on 09 February 2018

Your kids spend more time in their bedroom than anywhere else...if you’re lucky enough to have them sleeping in their own room.  At the very least, you want a bedroom that encourages even a restless toddler to relax and enjoy a good night’s sleep in a dreamy bedroom.

As your child grows into tween and teen years, an inviting bedroom makes your home the hangout spot, homework a cinch, and even staying clean and organized a fact instead of a Pinterest-only fiction.

What’s more--you and your child can make creating a dream bedroom a together project!  Here’s how to design with kids and make an ideal room for any age.

Step One: Start with an Item

Designing a bedroom with a child, of any age, can begin with a single item that child adores.  A favorite t-shirt or toy or album cover design can work.

Talk about why your kid loves that item.  What colors or shapes does it include (blue, stripes, marigold, whatever it is)?

That’s your easy starting point!  You will build up the aesthetic of the room around the favorite item.

Expert tip: If they love an article of clothing but outgrow it, turn it into a throw pillow.

Step Two: Get Functional

Before you rush off to buy that sherpa throw to match Drake’s coat, or pink and blue paint to match Madeline Hatter’s hair, it’s time to figure out the more practical aspects of bedroom design.  

  1. What activities does your child do, such as sleep, study, art, listen to music, etc?
  2. What does your child need to get good sleep, such as blackout curtains or white noise?
  3. What storage solutions do you need, so that items can be put away in their place?
  4. Is your child a bit of a pack rat? If so, what do they bring home, that you will need a place for?
  5. What is your budget?

Ask yourself and your child these questions.  Particularly with school-aged and older children, including them in the space plan can help them find their own clutter solutions.

Based on your answers to these questions, choose furniture that will fit your budget and solve your space problems.  (If budget is tight, go with secondhand finds or ask around to see if friends are getting rid of the items that you need).

Step 3: Choose How and What to Paint

If you went with a great deal of second hand furniture, you can tie items together by painting them in colors that go with your design inspiration item.  In that case, neutral walls will probably help tie everything together.

If your furniture items are themselves quite neutral, create color in the room by painting the walls or an accent wall.  For smaller rooms, consider painting only the lower half of the room and installing chair rail.

Expert tip: Paint the backs of bookshelves or other smaller spaces with a pattern to match your child’s inspiration item.

Step 4: Choose Bedding

Bedding is another way to tie your design together and add texture.  Just make sure that the bedding for sleeping is super cozy, even if the top blanket or duvet is chosen for its color or pattern.

Step 5: Make Art

The final, and possibly the most fun, step is to make art.  Create a gallery wall with your budding artist, or just hang up favorite prints and items. Today’s gallery walls are anything goes--even awards, branches, or mirrors can be mixed in with framed art.

Expert tip: Recreate art based on your inspiration item.  Have your child draw that owl from their favorite sweater, or make a print of the stripes that match an album cover.

Have fun!

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