Quick and easy kids’ rooms

10 September 2018 | Life Style

Did you get all psyched up to decorate your baby’s nursery only to learn that time moves really fast and now all of a sudden you have a full-blown child on your hands?

It’s one thing to get rid of the crib and changing table, but are you really expected to undertake a full redesign every time your child moves up a grade or decides she’s now obsessed with Elsa instead of Hello Kitty? What about when he starts having sleepovers? Are you required, as a parent who is supportive of your child's grade-school social life, to install bunk beds?

Well, according to Sheknows.com, you are not. The trick to designing a child’s room that stands the test of time and varying tastes, is to approach it like any other room. Here are some tips on how to avoid the constant child-room revamp.

Winning ways

• Invest in “adult” furniture. A bed, a nightstand, a shelf and a lamp can live in your child's room until they are ready for college. Pick neutral pieces to keep the basis of decor simple so you can work around it for years to come. Always choose adult furniture so you aren’t replacing major pieces every couple of years. If you decide to go with a wall covering, never choose a juvenile print; instead, select a simple pattern that would work for a baby or an adult."

• Skip the twin bed. Children don’t need to transition from a tiny bed that’s shaped like a truck to a twin to a queen. And you certainly don’t need to purchase a new bed and mattress every few years until they’re 15. When your little one is ready for a big-child bed, go straight to a full or queen.

• The bedroom should feel calm and soothing. That means steering clear of bright colours and wild patterns. White is always a great option, as are muted, warm and dark colours that will create a cosy space for your child.

• Never let a child choose a paint colour. It’s hard enough for adults to understand what a colour from a small strip is going to look like on the wall. A child can’t be expected to do this well. What looks good in a crayon colour doesn’t always translate. Instead, let your child pick the general colour like pink, green or blue. Then choose the perfect shade yourself. Because paint is a simple way to change a room, you don't need to worry too much about choosing a timeless colour. Painting a wall in two or three years isn't as much of an investment as replacing wallpaper or bedroom furniture.

• Be playful and childlike in accessorising. The goal of a child’s room shouldn’t be magazine-ready, it should be child-friendly. Feel free to go live with the glow-in-the-dark star stickers and hanging up your child’s artwork. Other than that, bedding, pillows and a rug are also easy to replace over time," she adds.

• Remember how messy children are. Keep the rug, bedding and accessories affordable so you won't freak out with the first nail polish spill.

• Incorporate wall stickers. There's no need to spend a lot of money as these are pretty low-commitment and low-cost. Plus, their simple installation and removal makes this a great option to completely transform a space. Select a graphic that would be feasible in an adult room too.

• It should be personalised. Children’s interests change constantly. But don’t stress about longevity here. It’s great to let them customise their rooms, just do away with things that is permanent or too expensive.

Make sure the theme is easily replaceable. Your child won’t want a princess room forever. But you can get inexpensive art online to make them feel like royalty.

• Keep it simple. This is, after all, a room for a child. Children don't need added distraction when they’re off to sleep. A simple, thoughtfully decorated room with a few of their favourite things is all you should need.

According to Love Happens, there are four key ideas when designing a child’s room: Energy, freedom, creativity and happiness. These factors should be mixed up with different colours of units characterised as bright, fashionable and modern.

Similar News


Get your accessories here!

1 month - 08 November 2019 | Life Style

Swakopmund • [email protected] Well-known coastal fashionista Alba Hamukwaya recently launched the latest line of her accessory brand, House of Nalo.The 27-year-old, also known as...

Kamanya doing Namibia proud

11 months ago - 17 December 2018 | Life Style

Miss Namibia 2018, Selma Carlicia Kamanya (22), made it into the top five of the Miss Universe national costumes competition with her beautiful outfit inspired...

Namases inducted into hall of fame

1 year - 19 November 2018 | Life Style

Adolf KaureLocal entrepreneur Dianah Namases was recently inducted into the Namibia Business Hall of Fame as an emerging entrepreneur in a ceremony which took place...

Couture by Kim

1 year - 12 November 2018 | Life Style

Adolf KaureKaino Ipuleni Matheus (Kim) is taking the world of fashion by storm.The 28-year-old Matheus, who is a creative executive for Kimatheus Boutique also known...

Araffath releases ‘Owela’

1 year - 22 October 2018 | Life Style

Adolf Kaure - Arandis born producer Araffath Muhuure has released his latest single titled “Owela”. The producer features legendary Namibian musician Hishishi Papa on the...

Foot massage for Father’s Day

1 year - 15 June 2018 | Life Style

Adolf KaureFather’s Day is a day when fathers are celebrated for all the efforts they have mustered up for their families throughout the year.Since the...

Local pole dancers heading for Hollywood

1 year - 01 June 2018 | Life Style

Leandrea Louw - Childhood friends and now pole dancing enthusiasts Sonja Keil (27) and Charlotte Ann Taylor-Debortoli (27) are on their way to Los...

Your one-stop oasis of wellness

1 year - 01 June 2018 | Life Style

Marion von Maltzahn established the first Ciana Day Spa facility with support from her husband towards the end of 2013 in Windhoek. When...

English works for it

2 years ago - 27 July 2017 | Life Style

Adolf KaureThe 2017 Namibia Annual Music Award (NAMA) Female Artist of the Year, Monique English, has released her first music video of her debut album,...

Bystand vir gryses aan die hoek

2 years ago - 20 April 2017 | Life Style

‘n Kospakkie, aangevul met droë bestanddele soos suiker, en afgerond met N$500 kontant, was die opbrengs vir die sorgeenheid met die eerste hengelkompetisie van die...

Latest News

Untouched beauty

15 hours ago | Art and Entertainment

Swakopmund • [email protected] The Fine Art Gallery in Swakopmund is hosting “Untouched” – an exhibition by Rosa Smit and Betsy van Rensburg. The exhibition...

Search for drowned boy continues

3 days ago - 08 December 2019 | Local News

Henties BayA drowning incident involving an eleven year old boy Prince Samuel Pietersen was reported to the police yesterday in Henties Bay. According to the...

Desert Dash delivers once more...

3 days ago - 07 December 2019 | Sports

Swakopmund · [email protected] Nedbank Desert Dash competitors competed in various categories such as the solo (men’s and women), mixed two, four as well as four...

Headmaster arrested for corruption

5 days ago - 05 December 2019 | Crime

Swakopmund A 39-year old former headmaster of Vrede Rede Primary School, Lizette Hedwig Fisher-Lucas, was arrested on a charge of theft after she allegedly misused...

Danie van Antwerpen and Pikkie...

5 days ago - 05 December 2019 | Sports

The 54 players that competed in the Namib Mills better ball competition was the biggest field for many a month and what a good day...

Wêreldvigsdag herdenk

5 days ago - 05 December 2019 | Health

Walvisbaai • [email protected] Walvisbaai se munisipaliteit het Vrydag saam met die res van die wêreld, Wêreldvigsdag herdenk onder die tema “Gemeenskappe maak die verskil”.Tydens...

Fuel prices unchanged

1 week ago - 04 December 2019 | Energy

Fuel pump prices in Walvis Bay for 95 Octane Unleaded Petrol amount to N$ 13.05 per liter and that of Diesel 50 ppm is N$...

Fishermen protest against ‘fishrot’ accused

1 week ago - 03 December 2019 | Crime

Walvis Bay · [email protected] Approximately 300 fishermen held a peaceful demonstration outside the Kuisebmond Stadium in Walvis Bay earlier today.The fishermen, who are all unemployed...

Strawberry Fields Forever!

1 week ago - 03 December 2019 | Art and Entertainment

Swakopmund • [email protected] Strawberry Fields Vocal Training Academy hosted a show to commemorate the past year on Saturday evening. “The evening was just for...

Load More