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If you’re looking to redecorate your child’s bedroom, it can be hard to decide where to start and what to include. Ideally you want the room to be inviting enough to encourage your child to go to bed on time, but not overloaded with distractions that will keep them awake.
So where do you start and what items should you budget for? This handy guide will give you a head start with redecorating your child’s bedroom.
Don the walls
Let’s start with the walls. There are two options here. Paint or wallpaper.
A hard-wearing emulsion is great for walls that are in good condition but avoid using a single colour for the whole room. A simple mural or a geometric pattern will be a good option but can require a bit more skill with a paintbrush. And although wipeable emulsion costs a little more than basic paint it will be more durable, so bear this in mind.
Wallpapering is the second option. Children’s wallpaper can provide an instant background to creating a magical den. Jungle, woodland, and mountain landscapes can all be created with a few rolls of decorative wallpaper. If you’re worried about the cost to wallpaper a room, you could simply hang paper on one or two walls and paint the rest.
Carpet the floor
Carpet is going to be the best option for the floor of any child’s bedroom. Soft enough to play on and best for keeping the room warm and cosy.
Synthetic materials will take more wear and tear, and will be more stain resistant than wool. Go for a plain carpet when creating your kid’s ideal sleep and play den. Why? Because as they grow up, a childish pattern will become too babyish for them.
Instead look at getting one or two rugs that will fit in with the theme you’re going for. If your magical den is going to have a jungle or animal theme, try a tiger shaped rug. If you’re going for a woodland theme, then a green shaggy rug will help create an outdoorsy feel.
Choose a canopy or tent bed
A wooden framed canopy or tent style bed is a great option for sleep and play. Whilst sleeping, the bed can be left with just the open frame. Then, for some playtime magic, you can hang fabric, bunting and fairy lights over the frame. The bed can be changed into a den, and back again, in just a few small steps!
Once you’ve got these elements of the room sorted, you can add those little details to personalise it for your little one. For example, add cute stuffed toy animal heads to the wall or a cloud shaped light shade to the ceiling to complete the room’s theme.