• Karen Heritage

Top 5 Tips for Designing a Children's Bedroom

A child's bedroom is the perfect place to have fun with your interiors and inject colour and personality. There are so many options available for themes and the choices for stylish furnishings are endless so it can be overwhelming to know where to start.

I approach the design as I would with any other project, finding out how the space needs to work and how it should feel. With most bedrooms the emphasis is on having a restful place, but in light of the recent lockdowns we are increasingly finding that spaces need to work harder. In the case of children’s bedrooms they often need to transition to a work area, dance studio, computer gaming room etc.

Children’s bedrooms are the most in need of adapting with a growing child who one day likes unicorns or dinosaurs and the next is covering their walls with their favourite singer or football player. It’s hard to keep up! It’s important to take into consideration the likes and dislikes of the child, they’re the ones spending the majority of their time in it after all, but also remember what your limits are and that you don’t want to be decorating every 6 months!

1. Choose Your Theme

A great way around agreeing a design scheme while still giving the child a choice, is to offer a selection of colours or themes that you feel comfortable with. Offering 5 or 6 paint colours is much less overwhelming for anyone than looking at a whole paint chart and likewise searching randomly on Pinterest can be a never-ending quest that takes you off on so many tangents!

Once you have some ideas of what they would love in their bedroom, it might be a theme or a selection of things they like, you can offer them a filtered selection of ideas that you feel comfortable with (or if you’re still feeling out of your depth, an interior designer like myself can deal with that for you!) It’s really about honing down those ideas and creating a design that will work for everyone.

2. Accents & Accessories

If your child decides they want a theme, whether it’s their favourite football team colours or jungle animals, it’s much easier to add those elements with accessories that can be changed as and when needed. A duvet cover, light shade, cushions, rug and artwork are all simple, but effective ways to introduce a theme without it being a floor to ceiling eyesore.

There are so many clever ways to use paint and wallpaper without it dominating the room and for the budget-conscious, you can create a really effective scheme by using paint tester pots, wallpaper samples or adding a washi tape feature wall. Paint can be added as a colour block accent or a wall art design or try framing smaller pieces of wallpaper or wrapping paper.

In the bedroom design below, I kept the walls neutral but added a subtle shade of pink as a feature around the window along with the colourful wall art and accessories. Alternatively, if you’re willing to give your child free rein to choose what they like, by all means go all out, have fun and remember you can always close the door!

3. Utilise the Space Available

Designing a multi-purpose space can sometimes be tricky, especially when you have a small floor area. There are plenty of bed options that can accommodate desks, shelving units or chests of drawers underneath to utilise all of the available space and provide practical storage. Large pieces of furniture such as free standing wardrobes can be bulky, so look at options like having a wall rail or pole hanging from the ceiling. If you do have a fitted wardrobe, utilise all of the space available with a small chest of drawers or some shelving with storage baskets. Remember to search charity shops, auctions or online marketplaces for vintage furniture that adds character and saves you from buying new. You can read my blog post about choosing sustainable interiors here.

4. Create Cosy Corners

If the layout allows, I always try to incorporate an area in every room design that offers an element of relaxation. Whether it’s a small armchair or a window seat with cushions, creating a cosy corner provides the ideal place to sit and reflect. Children love to hide so I enjoy designing playful areas that a create a den space or reading nook, whether it’s a teepee in the corner or curtains hung underneath a mid sleeper with lots of cushions, textured throws and sheepskin.

5. Storage is Key

Children tend to accumulate a lot of stuff so storage is essential! I’ve found as long as everything has a home it makes the task of tidying up so much easier. Separate storage containers for different types of toys or games work best and means they can find the piece of Lego they’re looking for without having to rummage through the entire contents of the room! A shelving unit or bookcase with small baskets keeps the room free from clutter or larger storage boxes can be kept under beds or in cupboards. Seagrass storage baskets create a natural look and are ideal for larger toys or dressing up outfits.

If you need any interiors advice or would like help designing a room in your home, head over to my website www.heritageandgreen.co.uk and I’ll be happy to help you on your design journey!