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Having four children means that I have decorated my fair share of bedrooms! I've come to know what works and what doesn't and what the essential things you need to include are so I thought I would share my top children's bedroom decorating tips. I think it's really important to choose practical, sturdy items for a children's room, and anything washable is preferable! It's also nice to get your children involved in the decision making, get them to help to choose colour schemes or wallpapers and to decide where to put their furniture and toys.
I always choose washable and wipeable flooring in a children's bedroom. When they are younger they are likely to spill drinks on the floor or have a toilet accident and when they are older you have ink and other mess to think about! It's so much easier if you can just wash the floor. In our house we have real floorboards which we painted white but you could choose laminate or hard wood flooring, either of which would look great. The the room a cosier feeling by adding some texture with a rug or two. A rug is a nice addition too as it gives a lovely soft spot to play on should they want to get out their toys and have a little play.
I prefer plain white walls and a feature wall. The problem with children is that their tastes can change quite quickly as they grow up and they will want to decorate their bedrooms frequently. If you have three white walls with a feature wall it means that you only need to re-do the one feature wall every time they want a change. Make sure that you use washable paint on the three white walls so that you can clean off any mucky fingerprints. I love having a feature wall as it injects all the colour and personality into the room and your little one will love choosing what they want. There are some fabulous kids wallpaper choices online now and there will be something for everyone.
Think carefully about what furniture you need as you don't want too much. We have a bed, a wardrobe, chest of drawers, desk and chair, bedside table and a toy storage unit in each bedroom. Each item is useful and there is still plenty of space for them to play. If you have smaller rooms you might want to just have a wardrobe with a built in shelves section instead of a separate chest of drawers. Make sure any furniture is secured to the walls to prevent any nasty accidents. If you have enough space a chair is a great idea, place it next to some bookshelves to create a cosy reading nook.
Some shelving is useful to display pictures and artwork as well as keep more sentimental toys and things out of the reach of little people. Floating shelves work well up high, stagger them at different levels to make a feature out of them. You might also want to store some books on shelves, I find that bookends are really useful for keeping the bookshelves looking tidy. The advantage to having your pictures displayed on shelves rather than directly on the wall is that you can change them when necessary with minimum fuss and without causing too much damage to the walls.
Bedrooms are for sleeping mainly don't forget that! A comfy bed is essential. Go for the best mattress that you can afford and protect it using a mattress protector (waterproof if you are potty training!). You can get some great bed canopies too which make a child feel more cosy and less anxious at bedtime, making it easier for them to go to sleep. Use a lighter weight duvet layered with blankets so that you can adjust the bedcovers according to the temperature of the room. Add their special cuddly toy and some lavender essential oil spray on the pillow and you've made the perfect sleep environment for them.
I like to use a mixture of lighting in a bedroom. You need a bright overhead light for when full light is necessary. I also like a bedside table light which I put on when they go to bed which is dimmer than the main light so makes the room more cosy. Fairy lights can also look really pretty, choose battery operated ones and wind them around the bedposts or drape them over some shelves to create a really pretty look.
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