Decorating for your children is loads of fun. It’s a chance to fully let go of adult-informed constraints and just get down to creating a space that your child will adore being in. Easy, right?! Hmm…
Because it’s not always that simple, we’ve enlisted the help of interiors guru, Shaynna Blaze, to share her expert tips for fail-safe kids’ spaces. We got to chat to Shaynna at Grand Designs Live recently, and she had a wealth of experience to share. So before you rush down to the shops to purchase the latest Disney-themed decor kit, there are a few key aspects to consider that will help you create a GREAT kids’ room: one which will inspire creative play, encourage self-expression, and enable kids to relax after a busy day. Aside from visual appeal though, kids’ rooms also need to be functional spaces for their growing needs.
So, pop your thinking-cap on and let’s get to work!
Here are Shaynna’s hottest decorating tips:
1. This is a child’s space. It needs to be designed with their personality in mind. Make it age-appropriate, safe, fun and practical. Give them a sense of ownership too. Involve your child in the planning. We recently began redecorating our kids’ rooms and let each of them select a favourite colour for their bedroom door and light-fitting. This then provided the basis for the rest of the room. My daughter immediately chose the pinkest of hot-pinks, Porter’s Paint ‘Carnevale‘. And she was proud as punch with the result!
2. Colours are important. Brights are great but you should also aim for a palette that will help soothe and relax. This is especially important for young children. A great option is to choose a soft base colour of pastel green, blue or a neutral tone, and then add in bright pops of colour and contrast in the toys, decor and furnishings.
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3. Don’t design for a specific childhood stage. Give the room the ability to grow with your child. Even if you are preparing to welcome a brand new baby, don’t go too overboard on the ‘baby’ themes. You’ll be surprised how quickly they out-grow them. Wall decals are a great decor option as they’re easily changed for different looks. Check out The Wall Sticker Company or Leafy Dreams Nursery Decals, whose gorgeous decal, ‘My Garden Mural’ is pictured below:
4. Keep computers, televisions and video games out of the child’s space. Give their own bright imagination a chance to stretch.
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5. Storage is really important. Provide spots that are within easy access for children – like low wall-hooks for items they use frequently. Boxes under the bed are a great option for loose toys or shoes.
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If you’ve got a brand new bub on the way and are planning a new nursery, first of all CONGRATULATIONS, and secondly, here are a few extra helpful hints:
- Lighting is key. Get good window coverings to block out daylight, and soft, dimmable lighting for night-time feeding. a soft lamp is ideal.
- A wide chair with scooped armrests is a handy addition, but choose a piece that can be moved to another area of the home once it’s no longer needed in the nursery.
- Cots can be pricey, but if budgets permit, select one that converts to a toddler bed at a later date.
Here are few gorgeous nurseries we heart:
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We’d like to thank Shaynna for sharing her go-to tips for successful kids’ room decorating. We’ve been inspired to create some creative rooms for our children and we hope you feel the same. We’d LOVE see what you all come up with. Send any happy snaps in and we’ll post our favourites on the blog.