Saturday, 8 October 2011

Rooms For Children

Our youngest daughter is almost 2.5 years old and by the time our eldest was the same age we had already moved her out of her cot and into a 'big girls bed'. To be completely honest that was not one of our most brilliant parenting decisions. She thought it was hilarious running in and out a million times a night (OK so that's probably a slight exaggeration, but at the end of a long day let me tell you, it felt like a million times!). Needless to say we are happy keeping Miss 2 in her cot for as long as possible. Of course these things can't be indefinitely delayed so with the inevitable move from the cot into a big girls bed approaching it has me thinking about how I will redecorate her room. Here are some great photos of bedrooms and playrooms I would have loved when I was a child

How much fun would this slide be for the children that live in this house. I remember my brother and I trying to convince my Mum that we needed a slide in our house, we also tried in vain to convince her that we needed secret passageways too - it seemed a reasonable request at the time...

I love red, it is such a vibrant colour. It is also an excellent colour to use for a playroom if you have both boys and girls as it is neither too masculine or feminine

I can't think of any little girl that I know who wouldn't love playing in this room

I think this idea is great for children sharing a bedroom. Clearly this room isn't lacking space but having sleeping cubbies on one wall would be a clever idea if you were short on space. Designing a room in this way would leave lots of floor space for play

When decorating a room for a pre-teen girl it's important to bear in mind that they generally don't want their room to be too juvenile. Using damasks and geometric patterns keep the room feeling pretty, yet grown up at the same time

Even though I've never been (nor do I have) a little boy, I would imagine this would be most little boys idea of heaven.

And if your little boy isn't into fire engines then how about a sailing adventure every night!

Pre-teen boys will also prefer their room to have a more adult feel to it

Now this is pretty fabulous for a playroom, no need to worry about the kids being bored inside on a rainy day!

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 Yes I know, crazy isn't it!?! I'm sure the parents of these children only ever need to look for them in one place, why would they be anywhere else?

So there were some reasonable and some completely over the top ideas for creating a great bedroom or playroom for your child(ren). I think the most important thing to consider when decorating a room for a child is the budget. If money isn't really a concern then go all out and decorate a fun, colourful, themed type room for a young child and then simply redecorate as they get older. If budget is a definite consideration then try decorating with a more neutral overall scheme that can be changed by the addition of different, age appropriate accessories.

Most importantly, remember children are only children for a short period of time, they have the rest of their lives to be adults. So make sure their rooms are FUN!


  1. I love the second photo - it's almost like having a little secret hideout for children inside the house. The curtains are also a great addition to hide the mess!

  2. Uau! Really great your ideas and photos! I made a bed in my bathtub to put my second when I get pregnant of my third, do you believe?

    1. Wow that was a very creative idea! Glad you like the photos, thanks for stopping by :)