(In collaboration with Slap-up Media)
As some of you might have noticed, the LWAT family has been moving house. We’re settling in nicely (although resisting the urge to laugh when people ask if we’re all unpacked – I don’t think we ever entirely unpacked the last time we moved. And this time we have kids) and soon we’re going to be thinking about how to customise Reuben’s room with that Octonauts-riding-a-dinosaur mural he’s requested. For those of you with less specifically-minded kids, Bedstar has a few ideas on how to make your kids’ rooms a bit special. This post is provided by Olivia Prat.
How time flies – your little ray of sunshine has now reached the age where he or she is old enough to sleep in his or her own full sized bed – this is great news for you as a parent and for their independence, but there’ll be plenty to sort out as well – including decorating your child’s bedroom.
If you’re on the lookout for a new bed for your child, it’s important to consider the practicalities, including the mattress itself. The comfort and support of a mattress isn’t just a factor for older audiences; you’ll want to make sure that your child sleeps through the night, so visit the bedstar page for guidance on what’s best for your toddler.
Next on the list is the look of your child’s bedroom, and you may want to start with the bed first to work as a centrepiece on which to base the rest of the room. Don’t forget, children can be fickle, so rather than plastering the room floor to ceiling in Manchester United paraphernalia, try a longer-lasting theme with a base set of colours in mind.
Outer space is a great place to start with this – limitless and open to imagination, the space theme can be appropriate for toddlers right through to teenagers, and will encourage them to be creative and learn more about the world around them. Alternatively, if your child is more ‘down to earth’, consider a nature theme, which will last through the ages and get them talking about plants and animals.
Think back to when you didn’t know the sex of your baby – everybody would tell you to buy yellow clothes, and there’s a reason why. Cheerful and neutral, yellow covers all bases in terms of ages and gender, so this is a reliable colour that won’t leave you reaching into your pocket to redecorate in another six months’ time.
Alternatively, you could try colour blocking – stripes are very on trend at the moment and are a good compromise for fussy children. Try not to go too garish; mix a bold colour with a more neutral tone like off-white to give a good balance of excitement and calm.
Ultimately, redecorating your child’s bedroom is all about balance – don’t overdo it on the bold colours, but don’t make it too dull either. A well-designed child’s bedroom will excite their imagination while maintaining a calm enough space to help them sleep at night. Happy decorating!