Decorating your child’s bedroom in the right way can be tricky. While bedrooms should be mainly designed as a space for sleep, the bedroom also needs to be a place where your child can retreat to for independent play or learning, and spark their creativity. It can be difficult to find the right balance between rest and play, but this guide features five helpful tips on ways you can create a relaxing space for your child, without hindering their creative development.
Limit technology use
One of the most important aspects of turning your child’s bedroom into a creative space is limiting their use of technology. Children in this day and age are exposed to technology all throughout their day, whether it be through TV, video games or mobile phones. Early exposure to these things can be harmful to a child’s development, and can cause them to rely on technology for their play or learning, which in turn limits their potential for creativity and imagination.
Restricting use of technology in your child’s bedroom enables them to reconnect with their own imaginations and seek out alternative ways to have fun. Not having a TV in their room or an iPad screen to stare into before bed will also improve the quality of their sleep, which is crucial for healthy brain development.
Create a reading den
We all know how important reading is for a child’s creative development, but sometimes your child may see it as more of a chore than a treat.
Making a reading den in your child’s room can encourage reading by making it seem like more of a ‘special’ activity, and creates a cosy space away from distractions for you to read them some exciting bedtime stories. My two had a Tidy Books Bookcase that stored all their books.
There are lots of ways you can easily create this space. First, find a corner in your child’s room away from any distracting things such as a toy box. Mid and high sleeper beds with space underneath are great for this, such as this Steen’s tent bed. This has the potential for a super cosy reading hide-out. Make the space as welcoming as possible with bright colours and lots of soft cushions and blankets for your child to snuggle up on. A fun and easy way to add a storybook twist to the space is with framed quotes from your child’s favourite books, or accessories related to classic characters.
Encourage their hobbies
Embrace your child’s interests by incorporating elements of them into their bedroom design. Hobbies are great for your child’s creativity. Therefore they should be embraced and encouraged as much as possible.
There are lots of options when it comes to decorating your child’s room with a theme in mind. If your child loves ballet, investing in a wallpaper and bed set with a ballet shoe print to pique their interest and make bedtime more fun.
Get creative with mood boards
Mood boards and collages are a beautiful addition to any household. They are also the perfect way to add a personal touch to a room. Inspire your child to create their own moodboard in their bedroom. They can use magazine clippings of images they feel drawn to, photographs of the family and even their own drawings and paintings.
If your child is happy with the outcome of their mood board, they can continue to add to it whenever they make something something in school or find a photo they like. This can strengthen their creative mind, and give them a feeling of pride around being in control of the aesthetics of their bedroom.
Include educational details
Children’s learning shouldn’t stop in the classroom. They should be constantly developing new skills and learning about the world. Make their bedroom a place that sparks their imagination by incorporating some subtle educational details. Examples of this could be a solar system print wallpaper and colourful alphabet posters. You could also add play mat’s featuring a map of the world and incorporating a small desk into the bedroom with educational books or games nearby. These simple ways boost learning through play, and might even be an incentive to get their homework done!
Do you have any other helpful tips on how to transform your child’s room into a creative space? Let us know in the comments below!