After the past two years, it’s safe to say that many of us have been spending a lot of time at home. Your two year old toddler is now four! Your 9 year old is now a tween-ager. So it’s not surprising you both might be feeling the itch to press the re-fresh button on the decor in their bedroom.
We’ve done a round up of our best-loved tips and tricks that can provide a bit of direction for re-doing rooms for little ones.
GAIN INTEREST WITH PINTEREST
It’s a surprise to no one that children can be the pickiest of all, and finding out what they really would like can be like getting blood out of a stone. No one wants to spend money on a whole new design scheme and then find out their child doesn’t actually like blue.
We recommend making a moodboard together and coming up with some ideas, colour schemes, materials, styles that appeal to all parties.
Pinterest is a great way to do this, as you can search a load of different terms and key words and find some truly unique ideas that you wouldn’t have thought of.
(And while you’re at it, make sure to follow us on Pinterest for more ideas and inspiration!)
Yes, yes we know, we bang on about having a sort out but if you’re making over a room, it’s super important! There’s no point in doing all that hard work and filling it with the useless stuff you don’t actually want.
Check out our previous post about Storing and Sorting for some great tips on helping you achieve the most onerous of tasks.
DECLUTTER THE CLUTTER
Carrying on with this theme, it’s no surprise that a tidier bedroom stimulates creativity and a sense of harmony for children.
Whilst a child’s bedroom should feel lived in and used, we recommend getting some stylish storage (we love this one from Mustard and these awesome shelves from Scandiborn) to keep your child’s room as clutter free as possible.
A lot of storage is designed to look as inconspicuous and unintrusive as possible. We personally believe that storage should be a feature as of itself.
Our cases are a beautiful way of keeping trinkets and knick-knacks in a smooth and sophisticated design. It’s almost as if we designed them that way ;)
Stacking them makes them even more of a feature piece..
Colour is a super important component when designing a room, which makes sense seeing as you’re going to be surrounded with your chosen palette every morning you wake up and every evening as you go to sleep. Pink and blue for children might be traditional but the psychology of colour is a fascinating subject, one not a lot of us know a lot about.
Green connotes a sense of harmony and nature which can be calming to a child, whereas orange encourages critical thinking and a sense of playfulness.
Blues and purples can stimulate creativity whilst pink can be calming and makes children feel safe.
These are all something to bear in mind when doing your research - also a great idea is to look up a colour wheel to see what colours compliment each other - we particularly love this sage green and pink design below.
LET THERE BE LIGHT
It feels like all of us are trying to keep our blue-light exposure to a minimum and this is no different for young ones.
Whilst a night-light is traditional (and good for keeping the monsters under the bed away!), as much darkness as possible are the best odds to a good night sleep.
Check out these awesome salt-lamps which are sure to be a great talking point for your kid when showing their friends - the light is soft and warm, creating a beautiful environment for sleep, and the salt crystal brings in that element of nature which again can have a calming effect.
We also love these sunset/sunrise lamps designed for children, perfect for an easy bedtime.
Montessori. The term that gets thrown around a lot. Whilst this is definitely a topic for another day, in layman’s terms, it is the school of thought that encourages children to discover their own interests instead of more formal education methods.
What’s this got to do with a child’s bedroom you may ask? Well a big part of the Montessori philosophy is the environment children find themselves in.
One of their key ideas is having forward facing bookshelves so children will be more inspired to reach out and pick a book they are interested in. Low furniture, designed for children is another great way for children to gain self- confidence and develop their cognitive ability.
When it comes to our cases, we recommend keeping them in your children’s rooms, at an accessible level, something to be loved and treasured from the beginning. The satisfying locks and pull out tray will provide tools of exploration. Furthermore it will teach the kids the importance of playing and putting things back.
Check out this link here for more detail on Montessori-inspired bedroom ideas for kids
We hope these tips help get the creative juices flowing and don't forget to tag us in any photos on Instagram or TikTok of any makeovers you decide to pursue!
With Best Wishes,
Ali and Marie x
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