There are few spaces in a house that can be as fun to design and decorate as a kid's bedroom. It's a playful task, reminding us all of the joys of being a child – monkeying around and enjoying the simple things in life!
Here are three themes for the overall bedroom decor to inspire your makeover.
What better way to give your kids a wild bedroom than by adopting an animal theme? Here at Charles Parsons Interiors, we have a wide variety of commercial textiles with prints and patterns to suit any theme.
For an animal kingdom room fit for royalty, try the cotton Cheeky Monkey print from the new Snapshot Collection. This would look great as a custom-made curtain, and since there are pops of yellow and red, you can use these as bright accent colours throughout the rest of the room. Upholster the bed display cushions in Sebastian Tomato to bring cheery red into the room.
Floating shelves are a current interior design trend, so install some above the bed and place animal toys on them as decorative objects. Paw prints and abstract animal silhouettes can be painted onto the walls using stencils, or choose stick-on temporary wall decals shaped like animals.
Under the sea
Blue is a great colour for a child's bedroom, especially since it has been proven to boost creativity levels according to a study by the University of British Columbia (UBS).
"Through associations with the sky, the ocean and water, most people associate blue with openness, peace and tranquillity," explained Juliet Zhu, lead author of the study and academic at UBC's Sauder School of Business.
Colour psychologists note that such positive connotations from blue inspire us to think openly, creatively and outside the box. This is why an 'under the sea' room theme can work wonders on a child's imagination. Cast a blue glow over the room by hanging curtains in Jasper Cloud, which is a sheer drapery fabric adorned in reflective pinstripes that will bounce the light around the room, looking like light underwater.
Add to the seaside ambiance by upholstering bed cushions with Carrie Aqua, a deep blue tone printed in chenille wave patterns to bring the feel of ocean currents to the room.
If whimsical, mystical and magical vibes are what you are after, look no further than a forest fantasy theme. Create the illusion of pixies floating by stringing small fairy lights hanging from fake branches above the bed, and use sheathes of green leafy fabric for your curtains such as Baruli Lime.
Place indoor plants around the room, such as small pots with succulents in them. A fun 'jungle' idea is to make a reading corner, with plenty of large cosy floor cushions upholstered with Poppy Fuchsia to plop down onto. This is a pattern upholstery fabric that instantly reminds you of colourful petals on forest floors with its floral imagery.
Add to the feeling by placing squares of artificial turf beneath the cushions, so it really feels like they are sitting on grass. You could go all out and cover the entire room floor in such turf!
Keep a small wooden bookshelf next to the cushions, but cover the sides and top in plastic plants such as growing ivy. String some more fairy lights through these vines, enticing the kids to enjoy reading time.
Which theme do you think your children will love the most? If you would like to create custom-made curtains using a different variety of these fabrics, feel free to get in touch with the team at Charles Parsons to learn how we can help whip them up.