Designing the interior of your own home isn’t easy, and there are a number of things that can go wrong while you’re in the planning stages. Paying an interior designer can be an exorbitant cost that many families simply cannot justify. The do-it-yourself approach can save thousands of dollars, and really allows you to give the place a very personal touch. It pays to be vigilant, particularly when concerning your kid’s bedroom, after all, an important part of their early lives will be spent in the room that you create for them. To avoid disaster, here are 5 common mistakes that are made when designing a kid’s bedroom.
Poor Paint Choice
This is the first and often the most difficult step when designing a bedroom for your kids. It is far easier to match furniture, bedding and decorations to your paint colour than it is to try and do the reverse. When selecting colours, be sure to consider the effect that it will have on the room. While white is clean and bright, it can look clinical and unfriendly. Darker colours will make a room feel smaller, and can be claustrophobic. Picking something in between will allow the room to look spacious without feeling empty, and will add to the ambiance of the room.
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Once you have everything painted, you can focus on choosing the lighting that will best complement your colour scheme. Lighting can make or break the ambiance of your room, so try and choose globes that will provide a feeling of cosiness and comfort, while still being bright enough to read by. Consider additional bedside lamps to save energy and be more accessible for the kids at night time.
While Dora the Explorer or Thomas the Tank may be your child’s favourite theme at the moment, next year might bring something completely different. Instead of decorating with specific characters, try and find things that your kids will love for a longer period of time. Once you have all decided on furniture and bedding, a great way to keep the kids happy is to use wall stickers. These look amazing, come in a variety of designs, and can be easily removed without damaging the paint. This will allow you to keep up with your kids ever-changing tastes, while keeping the fundamental (and expensive!) aspects of the room the same.
Be Cautious of Clutter
Kids need room to play. Make sure you keep this in mind when designing the room, and give them an area of floor space which is not hindered by furniture or storage boxes. It is also important to keep high traffic areas clear, such as near the cupboard and all around the bed so it is easy to make every day. A well set-out room that is free of clutter is inviting and comfortable for children of all ages.
A Family Affair
If your kids are old enough to help out, make sure you involve them in the process. If you don’t take on their opinions, you may end up with a room that they won’t want to spend any time in. While it may not be practical to follow all of their suggestions, having them help you out will ensure that the end result is something you will all love. If they have had a hand in choosing furniture and decorating the place, chances are they will look after everything better as well.Now you know what to watch out for: choose your paint first, focus on quality ambient lighting, decorate with the long-term in mind, keep clutter to a minimum and get the kids involved in every step of the design process. With these important aspects in mind, you can go ahead and start designing a room that your kids will love for years to come.
Lachlan runs a construction business for his dad in Brisbane, Australia. Lachlan aims to provide the best services in steel sales Brisbane has to offer. Lachlan loves DIY and spends most of his weekend in his workshop.