Decorating for a family home can be a wonderful experience – getting to choose cute children’s furniture, little miniature versions of your own, and using colour and fun designs can be so much more entertaining than decorating an adult room.
It can be expensive though. There are many bit of children’s furniture on the market but some are not cheap.
Don’t despair – you don’t have to spend a fortune to give your little ones a lovely room, and you can have fun in the process.
If you have a little bit of money to spend pick one piece of furniture or décor that you will splash out on. Maybe their bed, or maybe a really fun piece like the wardrobe in the picture. Just one thing like this can add a bit of whimsy to their room and fuel their imaginations. You could visit a charity shop, furniture market or use an online auction site to bag a bargain.
Decorating on a shoestring is possible, especially if you’re willing to get a bit crafty and get your hands dirty. Children’s wallpaper printed with images and patterns isn’t exactly economical, so look for cheap ways to liven up their walls. Maybe try potato printing on the walls? The kids can get involved in this and have loads of fun printing images of butterflies or planes onto their walls.
You can do the same thing to brighten up furniture and make it more child friendly. Decoupage is a great way to do this – cut some pictures out of magazines like animals, footballs, princesses, cartoon characters, whatever your little one’s into, and stick them onto the furniture using paste.
Old sheets can be recycled as cushion covers, or even as more creative bedroom accessories. Think of ways to make their room exciting and playful. You could corner off a play area by attaching a sheet to two walls and letting it drape down, almost like a fort! Or attach it to the ceiling above their bed to look a bit like a poster bed or some sort of Princess Jasmine type room.
Children can use their imaginations to play and make things magical, so as long as you give them some colour and a few exciting or pretty images, they will be happy. You don’t have to break the bank to give their room a lift, and you can have real fun doing it!