If there is one thing that I absolutely love doing it's decorating our house. I am so proud of my little home and while it isn't our forever house, it is full of love and perfect for us now. I take a lot of pride in the way it looks and if I had an endless supply of money I would constantly update and change the rooms around.
Themes are a tricky topic when it comes to children’s bedrooms, as their tastes and interests change so frequently you could end up changing the design every week if it was up to them! Currently our girls have gorgeous little rooms- Mads has a woodland theme and LL has a pastel theme. Rather than going for the simple Disney Princess or Monster Trucks theme, how about trying one of the suggestions below and see how much your kids thank you after.
This is a really fun idea as it can include everything and anything that comes to mind when you think Treasure Island: adventure, pirates, princesses, sword fights, other worldly beasts and of course… treasure! Furniture with lots of hidey-holes work well, such as a bunk from http://www.superamart.com.au/ with adjacent angles to create a fort-like hide-out. Include obstacles that require climbing like beanbags and large cushions, and include a printed treasure map on the wall.
This is a great idea for all the storytellers, and it’s fairly straightforward to set-up. A neutral colour palette works best as the kids or movie stars will create the splash of colour. Add simple accessories such as a child’s size director’s chair, a spotlight/camera light (which can double as a floor lamp), and some kids movie posters. Then just have a large box or cupboard filled with dress-ups and costumes.
A Favourite World
Out of all the fantasy places in the world, where is their favourite? Is it Hogwarts from Harry Potter or Arendelle from Disney’s Frozen? This is a great idea as it’s not simply designing a theme around the characters, but is creating the world that their favourite characters live in! They will feel like they’ve literally jumped through the TV screen.
Arts and crafts are popular at any age. Stick with neutral walls (make sure you choose a wash-and-wear paint though!), and then add bright colours in accessories. A beanbag would work with the chilled-out arty theme, and attaching a large blackboard to the wall is a fun way to really get creative. An art and crafts desk is an essential feature stocked full of paper, pencils and crayons, and add a cord above the desk, that sits against the wall, to peg all finished artwork on.
The Great Outdoors
Yes, it’s always a good idea to get the kids out into the real outdoors to play, but sometimes that’s not an option. Choose a ‘nature’ inspired colour palette that includes sky blues, greens and earthy browns. Do they like safaris? Include a few large prints of African animals. How about camping? Set up a small tent in the room, or put some glow-in-the-dark stars on the roof that will sparkle at night-time.
Children come in all shapes and sizes, personalities and temperaments, so it’s not easy trying to pick one perfect theme. But no one knows your child better than you do, so relax, and let their interests be your ultimate inspiration. Just remember to pick something that can easily be changed down the track – as you know they’re going to change their mind again by tomorrow!