Decorating a child’s room can be a fun experience together learning about what your child is interested in and drawing on these interests to create a room that is entirely their own – that illustrates their unique personality. Discovering what to do and how to accomplish it is as simple as brainstorming ideas and then making a plan. Remember, however, that children change their minds and interests quickly and may not want to live in this room for their entire childhood so choose inexpensive decorating options that are easy to change and light on the wallet.
Choosing a paint scheme or colour palette for your child’s room is important. Yes, you want to have your child’s input so you pick a colour they like but you also need to agree on one that is appropriate. Meaning, even if your child wants black and red racing stripes or purple polka dots and orange stripes, ensure that the colour combinations are somewhat in harmony. You not only want a paint scheme that is visually appealing but one that is not overly busy.
The choice of colour for a room is often decided based on how the colour makes one feel. In a kids room it’s especially important to have the room painted in colours beneficial to your child’s health. Colours that are particularly well suited to children’s rooms include yellow, blue, purple and orange.
Yellow is considered a happy and optimistic colour while blue creates a calming affect and helps the mind focus, good feelings to help your child be less stressed when doing homework and preparing for a good’s night sleep. Both yellow and blue promote creativity as well as being a good way to spark your child’s imagination. However, be careful not to choose too pale of a yellow or it will look faded and tired and too dark of a blue can make one feel depressed. Bright purple is also a good, calming colour that also gets creative juices flowing, while, again, too dark a shade can be depressing. Orange also stimulates creativity and has connotations of health and energy.
Now that you have the base figured out, you don’t need to stop there. Have your child take somewhat of the lead here too. After you’ve talked about what your child’s interests are, see if you can incorporate them into a mural of some kind for their room.
If your child is interested in race cars, perhaps painting a racetrack along one wall will satisfy their need for speed. Painted over top a yellow background with thin stripes, rather than thick black ones will reduce the dark tones and keep the room bright. Adding small tokens of red such as a stop sign or racing flag to the scene will provide the bold colour to appeal to your child but on a smaller scale.
If your child really loves fairytale characters, paint some of their favourites on the walls. They’ll always be inspired in their room when surrounded by loveable characters from their most treasured stories. Their inclusion on their bedroom walls, not just in their bedtime storybooks, may inspire them to create their own tales and soon they’ll be describing exciting adventures to you instead of just listening to a story. Just be sure they don’t get too worked up before it’s time to sleep or they won’t get all the shuteye they should. Tell them to keep some of the story as a surprise for the next evening.
If your child is old enough, usually around age 12, they can really take the leadership role here. If they’re particularly creative, once they’ve decided what exactly they want to paint on their walls, let them do it. Really! They’ll have fun, it will give them something constructive to do and they’ll take more ownership of their room and feel proud of it. Maybe so proud, that they’ll even keep their room clean without you having to ask them to pick it up a hundred times.
Even if this creative solution to decorating your child’s room only keeps their interest for a couple of years, it’s easy enough and relatively inexpensive to change the paint scheme and theme again. You might want to consider just adding the extra thematic touches to just one wall so you only have to repaint one wall more often, rather than the entire room. Just remember to keep them involved and they’ll do most of the work for you, as they get older without even realizing it!
Wall decorating ideas for your kids’ rooms
Display collections – Children love to collect things – anything from seashells, baseball cards, hats, stuffed toys, etc. Find a way to artistically hang them from the walls in frames, from toy hammocks, on shelving, you get the idea.
Encourage scribbles – but not directly on your freshly painted walls but on the blackboards, bulletin boards or magnetic boards you’ve hung on the walls. For preschoolers and toddlers hang them low so they can reach them easily. Perhaps you’ll be inspiring the next Picasso.
Personalize – Kids of all ages like to write their names in all kinds of lettering styles. Let them write their name all over their room in different ways with different colours. Hands dipped in different colours of paint are also popular for making handprints around the room. They might even want to choose a special place to put handprints from different ages along one wall, perhaps a doorframe, so they can see how big their hands grow over the years.
Stick on decals – Many decorating stores as well as department stores carry decals for children’s rooms that are easy to put up, remove and reuse, don’t require an adhesive to mount and don’t leave a sticky residue when removed.
Use stencils – Make or buy stencils of favourite movie characters or fun shapes like flowers, stars, etc. and spend time with your child stencilling them around the walls.
Doris Ohlmann is a mother of two who has enjoyed helping her children paint their bedroom walls over the years with fun characters and happy scenes.