Many parents find themselves in a tricky place when it comes to choosing a theme for their childâ€™s bedroom. It’s a tough balance between accommodating the wishes of your child by allowing them to explore their imagination and on the other hand, choosing something that will stand the test of time. While your childâ€™s favourite character at the moment may be Peppa Pig or Thomas, this may not be the case in a few years’ time and you may find yourself having to redesign the bedroom once again. For a more timeless approach to design, these top three tips may help you find a design solution worth keeping.
1. Choose a colour palette
Regardless of the chosen theme, colour will only enhance the space. If your childâ€™s favourite hue is pink, blue or purple, explore various tones within that colour to avoid that cliche look.
But be careful not to add too many different colours to the palette. You donâ€™t want the room looking like a circus and feeling too busy. Try to restrain your colour palette to two or three colours at most and make sure you include some neutral tones so that your eyes can find a place to relax in amongst all that colour! Timber can work really well as a neutral element too.
If you want to add some colour to your childâ€™s bedroom but are keen to avoid traditional hues like pink and blue, then why not consider an unexpected or unconventional palette, like peach, olive or white?
2. Keep the theme neutral
If you are searching for a theme that can adapt and mature as your child grows, then how about elementary shapes and patterns? Not only is this a gender-neutral theme but a great option if your children share a room and you are searching for a theme that appeals to all. To keep things interesting, introduce a few different shapes like circles, crosses and triangles into the one space. Play with size and layer with colour.
3. Use travel as inspiration
Another great theme for gender-neutral spaces is drawing on your passion for travel. Have you ever visited a place that filled you with excitement and energy? That made your heart sing? Maybe you spent many summers with your family in the countryside of France or in the desert landscape of the outback? Perhaps you fell in love with the city of Paris or the exotic colours of Mexico City?
Keep the theme simple by focusing on textures, fabrics, patterns and colour to encapsulate that travel experience in your childâ€™s bedroom. This will no doubt extend the longevity of your design but also allow you to share those happy memories with your child and hopefully one day inspire them to seek out and explore the world as you did.
Diana Scully is the founder of Spaces by Diana, a residential interior decorating business that offers personal and online services to inspire you to find real solutions for your home. SbyD is all about assisting you to design a home that is a reflection of you. Diana also has her own blog, Spaces + Places, where she collects and shares genuine, cool interior inspiration for your home. You can also connect with her on Instagram and Facebook.