9 November 2023 | Updated: 30 November 2023
The responsibility of creating a space that is safe, inspirational and practical represents a real challenge when decorating kids’ bedrooms. It’s not surprising that so many demands can be intimidating which is why we’ve put together these kids bedroom ideas.
Psychologists agree that the first seven years are the most important in a child’s life. So, stimulating the senses and creating a sense of wonder in the room they’ll be spending most time is important. Beyond the pre-teen years, other factors such as socialisation, creativity and focus can be positively aided through design.
So, we have come up with a foolproof guide to walk you through the do’s and don’ts of designing a space for your children. Somewhere they can not only sleep but play, hang out and grow. The following kids bedroom ideas cover everything from the nursery to adolescence.
If you get the design right, the same bedroom should be able to adapt from the nursery through to toddler, pre-teen and adolescent stages. And beyond. We will be exploring children’s bedroom décor, furniture, finishes and artworks that ensure an adaptable and long-lasting bedroom space.
Clearly, a toddler’s bedroom is not going to be the same as an adolescent’s room, kids’ needs and priorities change during childhood. Nevertheless, there are some staples that remain constant throughout. One of which is creating the optimum conditions for a good night’s sleep.
Kids spend a lot of time in their bedrooms, mostly because they need more sleep than adults. And secondly, because more activities are accommodated there, such as feeding, playing, story time, socialising and studying.
The most important practical aspects of kids bedroom ideas which we will be exploring through this article include the following:
Ditch the cliched blue for a boy and pink for a girl colour palette for more tactile and textured wall finishes. Bold colours, patterns, motifs, cartoons and figurative depictions will stimulate baby’s perception of their environment. Washable baby wallpaper is a great solution for nursery walls.
From about 4 months onwards, young babies begin to distinguish between colours, starting with red. But, from the get-go, they are capable of distinguishing between strong black-and-white contrasts. When the baby gets a little older, just change the wallpaper design to something more age-appropriate.
Invest in robust and hard-wearing flooring from the start. We recommend a vinyl wood effect or a similar finish. Vinyl has evolved in leaps and bounds over recent years. Hygiene and easy maintenance are the priorities with nursery room floors. That’s why we strongly recommend vinyl, it is practical, warm and attractive.
The number one priority in toddlers’ bedrooms is play which is critical for their development during these years. For the toddler, everything is a game. With intensive play, however, comes certain demands on the bedroom décor. Storage, resistance and adaptability are critical.
At that age, children figure out that they are autonomous beings and need space for self-expression. A great way to achieve that is with blackboard paint for a section of the wall. Combine with a playful print kids’ wallpaper to add light and colour.
Bedroom furniture should be part of the décor concept. The bed is the obvious starting point which can be adapted to transform into a magical sailing ship, space rocket or an over-sized dolls house. Try to remember that toddlers are little people, so the scale of the room and the perspective is different than that of adults. Most important of all in any décor for a toddlers’ bedroom is to safety proof any potential hazards, such as electrical plugs, sharp edges on furniture, windows, curtain cords, etc.
Children’s individuality in their own decorative choices emerges during the pre-teen years. Consequently, kids bedroom ideas must adapt to the child’s interests.
If two or more pre-teen children are sharing the same bedroom, we recommend delineating the lines of separation. Use the beds, shelving and any other furniture to create two (or more) defined areas. Kids bunk beds are a great choice, with the older child sleeping on top. If another bedroom becomes available in the future the area beneath can easily transform into a study space.
At this age, the kids room décor should include hobbies and pastimes. That might mean a corner of the bedroom to practise a musical instrument, a wall designated for posters, or display shelving for hobbies. Keeping the decoration within a minimalist palette of materials and colours means not swamping your kids’ expressions. But do spend your decorating budget on quality flooring, like a laminate floor or timber effect tiles that will withstand these intensive years and emerge unscathed.
The main difference between adolescents’ bedrooms and other stages of childhood is that teens live in their bedrooms. So, it’s best to treat the space as a mini apartment.
Young adolescents will want privacy at this age, which is perfectly normal. Add a seating area to the bedroom with beanbags or floor cushions. This provides kids with a place they can meet with their friends on their own terms. Furniture is the perfect way to create an ante-space at the door, if the bedroom is small use any available height to double up on space.
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Fabrics, bed linens, rugs, curtains, light shades and throws in vibrant tones will brighten up the dullest of rooms. These accessories together with lighting are simple and relatively inexpensive to exchange as children grow and change.
Strong prints and motifs are a wonderful way to stimulate imagination. Compensate for a lack of natural light in a dark bedroom with bold colours and prints. Choose heavy lining for window drapes to ensure total black-out during summer nights.
Tip: make bedtime storytelling more fun with a magic lantern or galaxy-effect light fixture. Lighting can transform a room, and just as the furniture and finishes can stimulate the child’s imagination so too can light.
Within children’s bedrooms, furniture plays a multitude of roles depending on the age of the child. The furniture defines the limits of a child’s personal space and takes on greater significance. As well as stimulating play the various elements of furniture in a child’s bedroom provide opportunities for privacy, order and focus.
The following elements will all repay their initial investment down through the years:
In conclusion, designing the perfect space for your child’s growth and development is a journey filled with creativity and innovation. From the early years in the nursery to the pre-teen and adolescent stages, our comprehensive guide has provided kids bedroom ideas to transform your child’s space into a place of wonder and comfort. To explore the full range of possibilities and get personalised advice and inspiration, we invite you to visit a Porcelanosa showroom near you. Our expert team is ready to help you bring these concepts to life and create a truly exceptional space for your child.