At Hour Hands, we’ve found that giving children their own sanctuary to relax in makes for a much more harmonious school holiday, without everyone feeling like they are under each other’s feet!
So now is a great time to think about their room. A child’s bedroom needs to serve multiple purposes: playroom, study, sanctuary, and most importantly a place to rest at the end of each day for a good night’s sleep. But over time, their needs change quite significantly. Is your child going to secondary school in September, and requires a more grown-up space? Was your 9-year-old’s room last decorated when they were 5, when princesses and pirates were their craze, but now they all just look a little sorry for themselves? Then it’s time to rethink the space.
Read on for the Hour Hands guide to the best children’s bedrooms, whatever budget, style or age you’re catering for. We have tons of practical, useable and totally cool bedroom ideas to inspire you.
Don’t know where to start? Go one stage further and use our home styling service – we’ll chat to you and your child about some ideas, produce a mood board and list of where to purchase items and accessories, or even project manage the whole transformation for you. Contact us to find out more.
Rules to follow, whatever their age!
Walls and floors
Keep these neutral, for maximum staying power – accessories and furniture can be updated as your child grows or their needs change. If you want to introduce colour or pattern, limit this to one wall so as not to dominate the space.
This is a key factor when planning your child’s bedroom. Think about what they need to store: clothes, toys, books, school work. Make sure that the storage is well planned and easy to use. This will make for a much tidier and tranquil space.
Think about incorporating one standout piece of furniture, to give your child’s bedroom the edge. This could be anything from a funky bed to a vintage dresser. If on a limited budget, use your creativity to adapt an existing piece with paint or upcycling ideas.
This is where you can add pictures, wall stickers, etc to those neutral walls, to let your child’s likes or personality shine through and give the room a real identity.
Accessories and textiles
As well as your wall art, accessories and textiles can add further personality and depth to the room. Think cushions, rugs, throws, curtains and decorative items. This is where you can go a little crazy with themes, colour and pattern. These items can be found to suit any budget – even the main supermarkets offer some great inexpensive options.
Using wall art and accessories to add personality allows you to easily update these as your child grows, to reflect their changing tastes.
Think about creating the right ambience in the room. Create a warm space with dimmable lights or fairy lights; these are particularly good for little ones who may be afraid of the dark. Add task lights to desks and dressing tables. Bedside lamps are a good way of encouraging bedtime reading.
If space allows, add an area in your child’s room to chill out – this could be as simple as a bean bag or a draped canopy over the bed. Tepees are perfect for young children, while a selection of floor cushions or a small sofa work well for older kids.