Top interior design tips for childrens’ bedrooms

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Is your son or daughter’s room in need of a refresh? Are you lacking in inspiration for your baby’s nursery? Here, Avalana Simpson shares her advice on nailing the brief from nurseries to teen spaces!

Create a magical space by choosing a theme that reflects your child’s interests, such as outer space, fairy forest or undersea adventures. One of my favourite schemes in 2023 is jungle. If you have a child who loves geography, animals or big cats then this one is for you. It’s a huge trend this year and one that is timeless too.

You don’t have to stick with traditional green colours for this scheme if you are a lover of neutrals. Start with a cinematic jungle scene using a mural on a statement wall, depicting roaming tigers, big trees and oversized leaves. Consider paneling the lower half of the wall to break things up and make the room appear larger, it also gives the eyes places to rest yet keeps the interest. Decorate the room with themed bedding or tones using the colourpalette from the mural and add accessories made from natural materials such as rattan and wood.

If you have a small square footage but a good ceiling height, optimise space by incorporating bunk beds or loft beds. They are not only functional but can also add an element of fun and adventure to the room. You can choose designs that resemble forts, castles, or treehouses. Consider exploring the variety of bunk beds available, offering a space-efficient and playful solution to maximize the room’s potential. Various options in the market allow you to create an environment where bedtime becomes an exciting adventure for your child. Plain, large high rise cabin beds work really well as it ensures the bed space grows with your child, you can section off the wall with dark paint to offer a cocooning feeling for the sleep space above and add a reading nook below, opting to create a study space or gaming area on the bottom section when they reach the juniors and secondary school.

Image credit: High rise sleeper by Bed Kingdom

You don’t need to be an artist to achieve a gradient style wall. There are now Avalana Design ombre murals available to purchase. The Emerald Ombre wall mural represents balance, harmony, renewal, and growth. Green is the colour of nature which embodies life and abundance. This gives a soothing effect on the mind and body offering relaxation and feelings of safety. This is great for children who are on the go all day and need a calming space to retreat to. The Ombre Murals can be hung in any direction depending on the effect you would like to create within your interior. You can have our ombre murals in any colour under our bespoke design service. To enquire about this please fill out our bespoke mural form and we will be in touch.

Avalana Design – Emerald Ombre Wall Mural – £75psm

If you are renting or need to keep the walls free of paint and wallpaper, then you can use vibrant wall art featuring your child’s favorite characters, animals, or inspirational quotes to personalise the space. Or, you can add a little Avalana magic to your walls without going all guns blazing with the playful wall decal range.

Texture with rugs, throws and cushions help break up harsh lines so be sure to factor that in to make those important final touches to the design. This works particularly well for teen rooms which you can keep quite minimal but layer with textiles. Barbiecore is a huge trend thanks to the movie release so fuchsia pink bedding or walls set against candyfloss and mint coloured textiles offer an instant hit of dopamine or create a fun nostalgic take on this theme, contrasting the barbie pink with bright orange cushions and toy-inspired accessories.

Another key trend for this year is keeping interior design gender neutral. Choose a versatile colour palette that doesn’t lean towards stereotypical gender and opt for neutral tones like whites, grays, beiges, or earthy tones. Consider nature-inspired themes which can appeal to both boys and girls and foster a sense of curiosity and adventure. For the older age group and a space perfect for a growing teenager, consider monochrome with pops of colour for an uplifting feel such as sunshine yellow. Remember, the key is to create a space where children and teens feel comfortable, regardless of their gender, and can freely explore their interests and identities.

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Avalana Design – Monochrome Jaguar Wall Mural – £75psm

One of the easiest things to forget when creating a new room or renovating is zoning. Creating dedicated zones within the room for play, study, and relaxation is a masterstroke. Incorporate a cozy reading nook, a small desk for studying or a play area with storage solutions for toys. This allows everyone from children to teens to maximise the bedroom space to its full potential.

Use creative storage solutions to keep the room organised. Utilise colorful bins, shelves, and baskets to store toys, books, and clothes. This helps teach children the importance of tidiness. Labeling the drawers and baskets with picture stickers will help tots know where to find things so they can feel at ease when it comes to free play.

Image credit: IKEA – IKEA is still one of the retail leaders when it comes to storing things well.

Install soft, warm lighting options like fairy lights or dimmable lamps to create a soothing ambiance. This helps create a calming environment for sleep and relaxation. Remember, involving your child in the design process can make it even more exciting and personal for them.

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