Children’s rooms evolve as they grow. From warm and cosy as a small infant, to colourful and playful as a toddler; from stimulating and interesting as a pre-teen to (hopefully) more functional and studious as a teenager.
Baby’s bedroom (nursery)
Young infants should feel comfortable and cosy with soft warm colours and textures. Whilst this aesthetic is very important, so is the practicality of the room design. In this space, we chose practical yet stylish furniture with changing surface and storage – everything in reach and plenty of space for clothes and soft toys.
With lovely warm browns as the backdrop to this decorative scheme, we stencilled teddy bears and bought the lush rug. The stylish rocker for nursing takes pride of place. We fixed a child’s border and simple art as the wall display and sat all the cuddly toys around the room.
By the time children are toddling, you can use stimulating primary colours and interesting shapes. Here we painted each wall a different colour, and painted all the furniture to create a vibrant scheme. As ever, there is plenty of storage for toys and games.
We painted the pictures on the toy box, and created a blackboard with blackboard paint on part of one wall. We made the peg rail from two lengths of bullnose timber fixed edge to edge and painted a series of wooden knobs from which to hang things.
For a themed bedroom for young children, you might consider a space based on a favourite book character; for older children, football, music or dance might be more interesting. We made the train bed at the head of this page, hanging puffs of cotton wool from the ceiling for the steam.
Children start to express their own personalities more strongly in the pre-teen years, with posters, trophies, and other objects of their particular interest. Storage remains critical as they amass more stuff, although many of their large toys from their early years will now be consigned to the loft or a car boot sale.
Then, as teenage years loom, prepare yourselves to give them a grown up look. Here we designed and made the fabric wall art to suit the interests of two teenage girls matching the decor in the rest of the room.
Inevitably these days, children will have gadgets. Depending on your parenting style, you may draw the line at a TV or gaming in the bedroom; but, as more homework is done online, they will almost certainly have a laptop or other device. You may want to create a separate room for your children to give them more space. We did this for our children, with a basement they could use for gaming and watching films without taking over the living room. We also had a better view of what they doing, and could manage gadget time better; at least for the time they were down in the basement!
Another advantage of a separate space for children is that they can do their own thing without encroaching on the general family space. s they grow, their friends grow too, so a larger room is a good solution for teenage gatherings separate from the rest of the house.
Children’s rooms change with time. In their early years, you will probably do most of the planning and decorating. As the kids grow up, let them express their own personality in this one space that belongs to them.