Typically a kids’s bedroom is for
forcing the little monsters to take naps sleeping and playing, which in my case meant building massive erector sets or oversized forts with blankets then either leaving them up for way to long or tearing them down and waiting for mom to clean them up – sorry mom. But, just because it’s a kids room doesn’t mean that it can’t have as much style as the rest of your house. When you think kid’s room you often think, pink or blue (duh) and then furnishings that look like they either came out of a cartoon playhouse, or are just sad and with no real style. However these maniacal toddlers are technically the future of America (please make it better than it currently is, please) so their rooms should be bright, inspiring, playful, fun, and a place where they can let their imaginations run wild. So, after wracking my brain here are my tips for creating a kid’s room that both you and your child will approve of.
1. Involve the kids. They may seem like they don’t care, but I can’t tell you how fun it was involving Sophie in her recent makeover and seeing all the things she wanted AND didn’t want. They might be small but they are filled with opinions. Besides if you don’t ask you never know if what sort of theme they want.
2. Bring on the color. Don’t be afraid of color. Kids love it and they are very passionate about it so give them a little color on the walls. And, if they say pink it doesn’t mean you have to go for a disgusting pepto bismol bubble gum pink – there are plenty of softer pastel shades out there that will leave both of your stomachs feeling mellow. Here are a few boy’s rooms Elle featured to get you started, and of course inspiration from across the post is always a good place to look, for something out of the box and different.
3. Take a cue from their favorite stories, things to do or personalities. If they love pirates, bring in some water themed elements or a ship inspired bed. Or if they like treehouses or have some weird fetish liking towards red double decker buses then get them one of these lovely pieces from cuckooland and let them go wild jumping up and down on it while they sing the wheels on the bus. Also – EVERY child I have ever met loves that song, why is it so damn fun to sing to them?
4. Have fun with it. Kid’s rooms are meant to be playful – so have fun with the process and enjoy the journey with them, you never know what they might suggest, and it could just be the best part of the room after all is said and done.