How to Turn Your Child's Dream Bedroom into Reality
Tune into your child's wild ideas and create a room they love, with a little help from these inspiring spaces
Do ask your child what they would like and listen to them. Help them think about what they use their room for and how you can put that into action.
This picture shows the play area of a bedroom, with a mural creating a cute shop front. The toys are at child-friendly height, and the quirky incorporation of the bulb lights adds a funky dimension to this little corner shop and kitchen.
Fairy lights have such a magical quality, there’s no reason to save them for Christmas. Of course, be sure to keep loose wires out of reach of very young children.
Lighting sets the mood for a room and it’s all too often overlooked. Light and dark can be very emotive for young children, especially for those going into their own room for the first time. A gently glowing multi-coloured lamp or some twinkly fairy lights might just add the comforting glow your children need to help them fall asleep all by themselves.
This is the boring and pragmatic bit. Conventional storage has us stashing everything away where we can’t see it, but for children, it’s often helpful for them to be able to see the toy they want to play with, and also know where to put it back. Clear boxes with labels are a great solution for keeping things tidy and visible at the same time. Try to split general categories down into micro-categories, such as ‘cars’ and ‘diggers’ rather then ‘vehicles’, as this will make it easier to find what they want.
Superhero storage ideas for kids’ rooms
Children often want to show off their art skills on the walls! Encourage their creativity by providing them with a wall they’re actually allowed to draw on. This will give them greater sense of ownership of their room.
Here, the chalkboard is a conventional black, but magnetic chalkboard paint is available in an array of colours. How about creating a weekly chalk mural together?
A great way to teach an older child or teenager how to budget and do some DIY in one fell swoop is to let them redecorate their own space. Fix a price limit and help them to investigate different design options and price up materials. Then set aside some time to declutter and prep the room, before launching into the final decorating stage.
Expert tips on how to stylishly light a child’s bedroom
If your little princess dreams of sleeping in a fairytale bed, you can turn the dream into reality with a simple mosquito net. Hang it from the ceiling and create a pretty canopy, making a cosy space to dream sweet dreams with not a pea in sight!
If your child isn’t keen on princess beds, how about an army den instead? Cargo netting is easy to purchase online and simple to hang. Here, the nets are complemented by the jungle mural on the wall.
Loft beds are great if space is tight, as they create an area underneath for storage, or for playing and working.
Children can spend hours on the floor playing trains, gaming or reading a book. Help them get comfy with some oversized floor cushions that tie in with their chosen theme. The feel of a fabric can be incredibly important, so choose soft fibres and avoid anything itchy. When you’re looking around the shops, do feel the fabric – of course make sure you all have clean hands first!
Embrace an idea your child might have for their bedroom, just as you would your own. Don’t be afraid of the unconventional, and have fun in the process.
This fabulous underwater scene has been created with decals, and gives a spectacular end result. If you want to do something even more adventurous, you could enlist the help of a professional designer to paint a mural, or even use projectors.