A child’s bedroom can be a lot of things as they grow, a space to play, to learn, to get creative, have their own space or just get a good night’s sleep. Read our tips below to help create a room that helps support and encourage your little one at work, rest and play.
A good nights sleep
A good sleep routine is vital to keep your little one feeling healthy and happy – and the bedroom plays a key part in this routine. If the bedroom is used as a play area as well as bedroom, try and introduce zoning – keeping certain areas for play and others for sleep – so your child knows when they are in/on the sleeping space it’s time for some shut-eye.
Investing in blackout blinds will ensure the room is dark enough for sleep whether it’s mid-morning nap time or early bedtime. Keeping the room as dark as possible during bedtimes helps prevent distractions from daylight or street-lights outside and builds a feeling of consistency around bedtime that will help your little one sleep all the way through the night. Our Disney, Pixar and StarWarsTM print blinds come with optional blackout lining, so your little one can be soothed to sleep surrounded by all their favourite characters.
If your child needs a night-light, opt for red tones instead of blues as dimmer, warmer lights are less activating to the brain than brighter blue/white tones.
We’ve written before on the importance of colours in interior design – but it always bears repeating. For young minds in development, the colours used to decorate their bedroom can have an impact on their feelings and behaviours in that room.
For anxious children, and especially for those who find bed-times stressful, pale blues and pinks are an excellent bedroom choice. Both of these colours are associated with calm, with blue tones lowering heart rates, blood pressure and feelings of anxiety. Avoid too much of either colour, and stay away from bright shades as both of these colours can be stimulating to thought when brighter tones are used.
Greens are an excellent choice for sparking creativity and focus in your child. Green shades are associated with motivation and can improve concentration and reading ability in children. By mimicking tones found in nature, you can encourage a freeing feeling of bringing the outside in, and help children wake up feeling refreshed.
Cheerful pale yellows are also associated with happiness, motivation and concentration. This cheery colour is ideal in shades like pale lemon but can be a little overwhelming in bright shades – and induce feelings of frustration.
A child’s bedroom is a space for their imagination to run wild, and there are small tweaks you can make to the decor to help spark their creative thinking. If space is limited, make functional furniture do double duty! Bunk beds are an excellent space-saving choice and can become a fort and hideaway with the addition of a few cleverly-placed blankets. Similarly, a reading nook or window seat can quickly become a hideaway. Dressing tables or desks can become a crafting table with the addition of a wipe-clean table cloth. If you have space, a pop-up tent or wigwam can create a cosy space for play or reading, while also providing a private hide-away (that may come in handy after a telling off!).
To create a creative atmosphere, colourful murals and interesting patterns can help fire the imagination, but save yourself the stress of repainting when your little one grows out of the look by investing in wall stickers that can be removed or replaced with ease. Our fun range of printed roller blinds can help add a flash of magic to a room -without overwhelming the rest of the décor.