Furnishing a child's room is, in some ways, more difficult than designing a bedroom for an adult. There's a temptation to choose characters and colors that your child loves right now, knowing that these options don't look overly stylish and won't appeal to your child anymore a few years down the road. But you don't have to choose between a bedroom your child loves and one that is stylish. Follow these tips to furnish a stylish and functional children's bedroom.
1. Go bold and creative with the smaller, less expensive pieces.
If you choose a Snoopy bed, your child may outgrow that theme in a few years, leaving you to replace an expensive bed. However, that does not mean you can't include anything character-based in your kid's bedroom. Choose bold, creative, character-inspired smaller furnishings, like stools or bookshelves. In a few years, you can replace these items with something more subdued -- if you wish -- and it won't cost you a fortune to do so.
2. Stick with a neutral bed and dresser.
Beds and dressers are the most expensive furnishings for bedrooms. So opt for a neutral bed and dresser so you are not stuck replacing it down the road. You can change the color scheme of the room or add some new character-based furnishings, and the furniture will still match.
What neutral tones are best for a kid's rooms? Light wood and light-colored paint tend to be the best options. Lighter colors make the room feel more open, spacious, and relaxed, which is what you want in a kid's room. Stay away from dark wood and black. Both options are too formal for a child's bedroom, and they'll make the room feel closed off.
3. Give your child two or three options.
Your child will want to have input in their bedroom design, but if you just turn them loose in the furniture store and let them pick a bedroom set, you may end up with a pink, sparkled dresser and a bright blue bed. Instead of giving your child a free range of choices, give them three or four. Pick out three or four beds you like and let your child choose their favorite. Choose three nightstands and let your child decide which one they want -- and so forth.
4. Keep storage in mind.
Even the best-styled kid's room won't look nice if toys and other items are always scattered all over the floor. To avoid such messes, make sure you keep storage in mind as you choose bedroom furniture. A chest or a couple of bookshelves will give your child plenty of spaces to stash their toys. You can teach them organization and how picking up after themselves makes their room look nicer.
5. Make sure your child can use their furniture.
Children's furniture can be as pretty as ever, but if your child cannot use it easily, it is not serving its purpose. Make sure the bed you choose is low enough for them to climb into on their own. Make sure the dresser is not too tall so they can reach at least some of the drawers. Also, pay attention to how easy drawers and chests are to open. Some drawers and doors have hinges that make them tough for little hands to open.
Your child's bedroom should be a place where they can relax and be themselves, but it should also look stylish. Follow the tips above, and you're sure to design the perfect space. Start browsing furniture at local furniture shops and showrooms, such as Decorum Furniture, to figure out what you and your child like best.
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