Every kid wants a room with personality. White walls, beige carpet, and a gray bedspread just won’t cut it. Your kids want a room that is fun, functional, and uniquely theirs. Setting up your kid’s bedroom decor with culture and their favorites can be a great way to bond with him or her (or them!)
Think about these ideas for making your kids’ rooms something that they’ll enjoy and love. It also helps a child build a stronger sense of identity and take ownership of their likes, dislikes, culture and more.
Go with a theme or use the below elements in the room to build empowerment.
Set up the bedroom decor by culture or likes.
If you’ve got a kid who loves everything with a ball, bat, or field, it’s easy to make a great bedroom that brings out that interest. If basketball tops your player’s list, it’s easy to find affordable laminate flooring to give the room a great court side look. Carpet in shades of brown and green will replicate outdoor playing surfaces.
Some pieces of PVC pipe painted yellow and cut lengthwise can be mounted to the wall to make goalposts. It’s also easy to create a putting green with a small elevated space made of plywood. A bench-style folding chair at the desk might make homework more enjoyable than it’s ever been.
If you’re raising an aspiring actor, you can turn his or her room into a glitzy place to rest and play. A red carpet from the door to the bed is a must. You might even be able to simulate the Walk of Fame with gray hardwood and print stars with the names of family members, friends, and pets to scatter around for “tourists”.
Of course, no ordinary vanity will do. Classic big bulbs around it are the only way to get dressed in such a room, and your star also needs a nameplate on the door so that the little people know who they’re dropping in on.
The Rock n’ Roll Dream
Or maybe the pop dream, the country dream, or even the heavy metal dream. Musical kids love to immerse themselves in their chosen sound, whether they perform it themselves or just love being a fan. Any yard sale probably features old vinyl that can be used to decorate the walls. Foam egg carton soundproofing will make a great studio look for the kid who needs a little more cowbell.
No stage is lit up like an office, of course. You need a rainbow of colors, preferably one with full control for changing moods, so that the room can look like a stage. Just leave the pyrotechnics to the professionals.
Cultural Heritage Room
A great way to not only decorate your child’s bedroom but also show off your cultural heritage would be to decorate with patterns and colors that match where you are from. For example, if your family is from India you might decorate with a beautiful Mandala painting and fun bright fabrics. There are many ways to add this into your child’s bedroom decor whether they be small decorations or big ones. Decorating to celebrate their heritage is a great way for them to feel connected to their ancestors and their cultural history.
The Upstairs Library
Books are such an important part of learning. If your child loves to read, it’s easy to make a bedroom that fosters that educational effort. Built-in shelves up to the ceiling can provide lots of storage, and you can make a simple rolling ladder or stepstool (whichever is safer) to allow access to those highest selections.
It’s not enough just to store all those books, of course. Books are meant to be read, so a bedroom made for reading just makes sense. Make it an environment of imagination, with big canvas prints to inspire readers. You can find places to print large canvases in your area, for instance, if you live in Canada you can look for big canvas prints in Canada. Create several reading spots in the room–maybe a comfortable armchair here, a beanbag there. Make sure there’s plenty of lighting and that the furniture you choose encourages proper posture.
The Construction Zone
Some kids just love to build. Plastic, wood, or any other material, they don’t care. They’re constantly creating cityscapes, space stations, fantasy worlds, and frontier homesteads. This type of hobby is great for learning problem solving and motor skills, and what better way to feed that education than to support it with the room’s decor?
Construction toys usually take a good bit of room, so organize the furniture for maximum available floor space. Consider drawers located under the bed. A hard surface will also be necessary for all those buildings and vehicles. Walls can be painted to match different scenarios–sky blue for earthly buildings, a starry backdrop for space, and woodsy settings for adventure toys.
A child who is happy with his or her room will take better care of it, learn more, and feel involved in what happens in the home environment. These five themes are just the beginning. It’s easy to take stock of your child’s interests and launch a project to create a room that won’t just be for dreaming but also for making dreams come true.
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