The keys to a successful kids room design? Keep the basics simple, provide plenty of storage and don’t be afraid to have a bit of fun.
1. MAKE SURE IT'S A BEDROOM TO GROW INTO
From nursery to teen retreat, your child may be in the same bedroom until they leave for college….and then they come back! There are lots of options for cribs that turn into toddle beds, so that can buy you a couple of years. Will there be space in the room for a twin or full sized bed in the future? Trundle beds are a great way to provide space for sleepovers. and in a small room, a loft bed for older kids provides space beneath for a desk setup or play area. Think about how the kids change in size – a cute little dresser for baby onesies isn’t going to fit a middle-schooler’s clothes or taste. Start with a full size dresser that they can grow into.
2. THINK ABOUT PRACTICALITY
It’s a kids room…things are going to get messy. Use eggshell finish paint for easy cleaning, stain resistant rugs or carpet, and easily washable bedding and curtains. Organize the closet to fit the age of the child, and provide a large, attractive laundry hamper.
3. THINK ABOUT HOW COLOR CAN AFFECT MOOD
Red is too stimulating for a child’s room. Blue and pink are considered restful. Green is found to improve a child's reading speed and comprehension, as well as helping to reduce anxiety. White is bright and can create a sense of space or add highlights. Designers often use the color white to make rooms seem larger and more spacious. People often describe purple as mysterious, spiritual, and imaginative.
If your child LOVES a color that you do not, compromise with white walls and an accent wall that pops in their favorite color.
4. PLAN FOR STORAGE
Young children need their storage to be easily accessible, so that they can reach their toys, and–more importantly–put them away when they are done! Teens may want open shelves to display artwork, photos and awards. On a budget? IKEA has a lot of storage solutions that work for any age. Beds with drawers underneath provide additional storage when closets and dressers get to full.
5. NOOKS ARE AWESOME AT ANY AGE
Does your child’s room have a dormer window? If it is wide enough, consider building their bed into that space and curtaining it off for privacy. Create a magical area under a loft bed with twinkle lights, or glowing constellations above. A canopied bed can become a cozy retreat with curtains hanging all around it.