06 Mar 5 Tips for Designing a Kid’s Room That Lasts
Children’s spaces are some of the most fun to decorate, however it can be tricky trying to balance their preferences with our own. Here are some tips to follow that will ensure they get a space they love and one that will last for years.
- Invest in quality furniture:
Furniture one of the most important things to consider, for a few reasons. These will be the most expensive items in the room, and as such you will want to carefully consider size, material and quality, to ensure that the furniture will have longevity. If the room is large enough, for example, purchase a double or queen size bed instead of a twin. As your child gets older, the larger size will give them more flexibility and comfort to grow into. Next, try to find pieces that are timeless and mature in their style. This way, as the accessories and décor change in the future and with your child’s evolving tastes, the furniture can remain. And finally, if you make selections based partly on the quality and durability of the furniture, you will extend its lifespan perhaps even making it suitable for your children to take with them when they leave home and find places of their own.
- Repurpose and reuse:
Kids’ spaces are a great place to test your DIY skills. For example, if you have some antique furniture that is too traditional, but fantastic quality, try painting it to give it an update. Further, don’t be afraid to create something using unexpected materials. We created the headboard in our inspiration photo from iron pipe and upholstered the insert ourselves. The nightstands are industrial computer workstations that were destined for the landfill, but we repurposed them by painting and adding reclaimed wood tops. Finally, if you can’t find something in the exact dimensions or style you want, think outside the box. The locker style dresser in the room was constructed from 2 smaller Ikea pieces that we cut down and bolted together. Reimagining something existing can be a terrific way to help your budget as well!
- Keep the flow in mind:
If you want your child’s room to have longevity, then consider adding some touches that help it flow with the rest of your home. Colour is one of the easiest ways to accomplish this. A an example, consider continuing the same flooring throughout and into the children’s bedrooms, paint the walls the same colour as other rooms in the house, or bring accents into the room that are the same tones or hues as the accent colour in the home’s other living spaces.
- Use a theme:
Often children will gravitate to themes of things they like, such as favourite books or movies. Although challenging, it is possible to find creative ways to incorporate these themes, without compromising on style or flow of the room. One idea is to consider keeping any décor references subtle. Here’s a personal example. My 10 year old daughter recently asked me for a Harry Potter inspired room, however I needed to incorporate the more subdued colour palette we have throughout the rest of the home. We started by searching for bedding that might work and luckily found one from the Harry Potter collection at PB Teen in the perfect colour. We then took inspiration from the duvet cover and created some pieces for an art grouping that allowed me to explore different elements from the books. The wall displays items such as flying keys, the Hogwarts crest reimagined, a floating wand and even (quite literally) books themselves. By making many of these pieces myself, I was able to control the colour scheme, and in cases where the colours of specific items didn’t work, I changed them (i.e. I removed the covers of some books to expose the more neutral and time worn pages). The result is a room she loves and one I can be proud of as well.
- Add some whimsy:
Children’s spaces should be fun and a reflection of their personality, so don’t take the décor too seriously. Having already ensured that the larger, investment pieces (such as the furniture) remain timeless, you allow the smaller budget items to be more quirky and individual. These are most likely the elements that will change over time, so stick to the things that are easy to replace such as pillows, artwork and bedding.
Creating a children’s bedroom is a great place to test your creativity, so have fun with it! The result will be a space that you both love!