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Designing a child’s bedroom so it grows with them

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If you are thinking about redesigning your child’s bedroom, then to get the most value for money, it needs to be a room that is going to grow with them. While you might be familiar with the kind of style that you want and generally decorating a room, designing a child’s bedroom is something that is a whole different thing. You want the process to be fun, but there are a number of different things to think about.

To start off with, it pays to really plan it all out before you start to purchase furniture. A good rule of thumb is thinking about having to change the furniture every five years or so, as the child grows. But in terms of colour scheme and design, you want to plan with longevity in mind. When you plan like this, it will help you to stretch out your budget, and can hopefully help you to avoid any costly mistakes. Here are some other things to consider when you’re designing a child’s bedroom, with longevity and cost-efficiency in mind. 

A child's bedroom

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Wallpaper is one of the ways that you can decorate a child’s bedroom to help inject some colour and personality. A lot of wallpapers for children’s rooms can be quite busy and bright, so it can be worth thinking about only using it on one feature wall, and then using plain wallpaper on the others, or using paint. With longevity in mind, you don’t need to just look at the children’s wallpaper section. You could choose patterned paper with shapes and patterns as they can look good for a variety of different ages. 


When it comes to the colour on your walls, then painted walls have a number of advantages for a child’s bedroom. Being wiped clean is certainly one of them! Paint is also easy to then paint over, should you want to update the bedroom in the future. It is important to remember that dark shades will need more and more coats of paint, so could cost more in the long run. You could also think about choosing a fairly neutral colour, and then using pictures and artwork on the walls to add the personality and colour. You could even think about getting something like a personalized 5D DIY photo diamond painting for the wall, with a family photo or one of them as a baby. It can be a fun thing to have, and can look good on a wall, no matter their age.


Another alternative to wallpaper or paint is having a mural on the wall. They work a lot like having a feature wall, but you can choose the design. You can also make sure that it is the right size that you want as you can shop around and get them completely personal. You could choose anything from an animal theme, maps, stars and astronomy, patterns, and architecture. If you are looking for longevity with it, though, then you need to choose wisely, as some murals can become quickly outdated.

Wall stickers

If you are looking for an alternative that is a little simpler to use, then wall stickers could be a good idea. They add some personality and interest into the room. But they can be simply peeled off when they outgrow the design. There are a number of wall sticker designs to choose from. These can be suitable for a cosy nursery to a teenager’s bedroom, so there will be something that works for what you need. Plan the design out, though, because sometimes, less is more with this kind of thing.

Wall art

To decorate your child’s bedroom, hang fun and creative posters on the walls. One great tip to save a bit of money is to create them yourself. All you need is a computer, a printer, a free editing tool and some creative assets to create the design. You can easily find many free graphics and free fonts to download on a platform like Creative Fabrica. Make sure to incorporate a lot of colours into the design to make it fun and playful.


There are a number of things to think about when it comes to flooring, and they all have their pros and cons. Carpet is often a natural choice. It’s soft and it will be comfortable when children are playing on the floor in their rooms. However, carpets can get quite dirty with stains, as well as holding in a lot of dirt. As a result, they should be cleaned as often as possible. Wood can be a good choice because it is natural and is easier to clean than carpet. With paint and stains you can also get it to be the colour that you want it to be. Wooden floors can age well too, which is good for value for money. They can be noisy, though, so sometimes a combination of wooden floors with carpet rugs can be a good compromise.

What are your top tips for making the design of your child’s room grow with them? It would be great to hear what you think.

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