Top Budget Decorating Tips For Your Child’s Bedroom
Kids’ bedrooms offer scope for endless creativity. They generally don’t require quite so much finessing as a communal living space or adults’ room, and so are perfectly suited to budget-friendly decorating. A child’s room may be used for all sorts – playing with friends, working, leisure time, sleeping – so the decor should both reflect the child’s personality and suit all the activities that take place there. If you want a little bit of built-in psychology, The Daily Mail reports that there are certain colors that you should paint a room if you want to encourage calmness and a good night’s sleep – which is a concern for every parent. Apparently people who sleep in a room painted blue, “tend to get the best rest – nearly eight hours a night – and wake feeling happy and positive.
According to a survey, it is linked to calm, soothing feelings and is thought to slow the heart rate and even reduce blood pressure.” Green and yellow are also great choices with inhabitants getting over 7 hours sleep a night. However, the study, carried out by Travelodge, discovered that purple should be avoided because it “is too stimulating and can cut nightly hours of rest to less than six.”
The inevitable fact that kids’ tastes change with alarming frequency, can making decorating their bedrooms a costly gamble. This guide will show you how to keep decor fun, versatile, and pocket-friendly enough that you can change things up whenever your – or their – mood dictates.
Use your child’s existing toys and possessions as a source of inspiration. Is there a common thread that unites objects which could be picked up on in the decor – perhaps a colour that occurs over and over, or a theme like ‘space’ or ‘flowers’? Make the room resonate with your child’s individual interests, but be careful not to go too over-the-top. Overly busy decor can be a distraction and not conducive to good rest.
Removable wall decals and posters are a great way to add colour to bare walls and inject a bit of theme to a room.
Don’t give in to gimmicks
Whilst it’s important your child feels they’ve had an input into the design, don’t bow to pester power when they put on the pressure to decorate on a current gimmicky theme. One day a cartoon character, TV show or band is considered ‘the thing’, and the next it’s thought of as vile beyond measure. Children won’t be prepared to just ‘live with it’ either, and there will be hell – and a lot of money – to pay if they think a peer may witness such an out-of-vogue bedroom and demand a total re-design!
White here, white now
A great and inexpensive way to give a child complete carte blanche completely risk-free is to paint the whole room with a good coat of cheap white emulsion, then let the kids go wild and use the walls as their own personal canvas. Stencils, handprints, vegetable stamping, freehand painting – anything can go. It might require a rather liberal parent to go for this approach, but remember – if it goes wrong or they get tired of it, you can always just paint it all out and start from scratch. Best of all, they’ll have a space that’s 100% ‘them’.
All in the accessories
If you lack the budget, time or inclination to re-decorate, you can still give a child’s room a new lease of life. High street stores are increasingly catering for home decorating, with expanded and improved interior accessories at bargain-basement prices. Rather than buying matching sets of objects from the same range, choose a loose theme – an accent colour or style, and scout round to find the best deals on items that fit the brief. Buy a pair of new curtains, a lightshade, a rug and a desk lamp, and you’ll make a big difference. The best part is you can pick up any of these items at local charity shops and car boot sales for a fraction of the cost. With a good wash and a wipe down you might even pick up some vintage classics.
Make the most of mess
Having lots of possessions shouldn’t pose a problem when you’re considering decorating a child’s room. Rather than trying to hide everything away, make toys, books and games a feature of the space using open shelves, coloured toy hammocks and bright plastic boxes. There are an increasing number of cheap, clever storage solutions available – when choosing, bear in mind that keeping objects visible and in good order means they’re found more easily than those hidden from sight – in effect, excessive tidiness breeds mess.
Houzz Blog experts recommend creative storage ideas, “finding furniture that does double duty will save money and space, bins or pails are a great way to organise little collections, such as Lego. Numbering or labelling them also helps keep track of what goes where.”
In the same way as you’d make a collage, think about the room in three dimensions. You don’t have to stick to simply painting or papering the walls. Children are very tactile and respond well to a room involving multiple finishes, textures, and materials. You can make a sparkling finish by brushing PVA or varnish mixed with glitter over paintwork. Wall stickers require no commitment, and can be peeled off or repositioned without causing any damage.
Blackboard paint lends a serious matte finish and means children have the delight of being able to scribble directly on the walls – albeit with chalk, and treating a surface with magnetic paint is both intriguing and practical. Use swathes of good-feeling fabrics to ‘zone’ a space or create a den where children can retreat to read or chill out.
Jessica Bourne loves to share tips on how to liven up your lifestyle even on the tightest budget. Based in Chester, Jessica has been writing about everything from interior design to budgeting and family finances. Jessica loves nothing more than relaxing with a cup of tea and a great book and adores anything vintage.
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