Being a kid is tough enough, but it’s even tougher if they’re living in a positively standard room. A kid’s room can serve as the cradle of their imagination, so it’s essential to do as much as you can to get those creative juices flowing. After all, what would you like to come home to? An old wooden bed frame or a rocket ship? Granted, not everyone may have the time or space to take a trip to the moon from their bedroom, but you have to admit: a rocket ship beats a bed frame any day of the week.
Today we’ve got some hot suggestions as to what you can do to transform your child’s room into their dream space. We’ll be focusing on the very basics: walls, floors, and the lighting.
Anyone who’s been seven years old knows what it’s like to study the cracks in the walls when sleep isn’t an option. If your child is more on the energetic side, consider giving them something to keep their hands busy (and hopefully tire them out eventually), like a chalkboard wall.
Chalkboard walls are perfect because they meet at the intersection of order and chaos. Writing on the walls is a no-no, after all--unless those walls are meant to be scribbled on.
Check out our top picks for chalkboard walls here.
If dusty chalk isn’t you or your child’s thing, then consider a mural. Granted, you can’t interact much with a mural, but the details can keep the imagination well-fed for years to come.
Check around to see if any local artists specialize in murals, or even better, murals for children.
Think floors are just another surface on which to spill sticky liquids? That might be pretty true for kids, but in reality, there’s so much more opportunity for creativity there than meets the eye.
Shape rugs are a great way to add a simple, creative touch. These kinds of rugs will most likely work best with younger kids, but they’re suitable for any child with a geometric inclination.
Shape rugs aren’t just for the classroom; check out some colorful options over at School Outfitters.
If you’re looking for more of a permanent change, consider painting the floor a bold color. Bold colors can lend the room an otherworldly feel. Paint the floor a mossy green to bring your child to the jungle. Send them to the sea with a deep blue color and painted fish.
Surprisingly, lighting can do a lot to change the mood of a room. Chances are you don’t want your kid’s room to feel like a hospital cafeteria, so you’ll want to be mindful of the color and type of bulb you use.
Natural lighting or soft lighting is best for kids’ rooms; you want it to be bright enough where they can see what they’re doing but soft enough where their room becomes a peaceful place for them. LED lights are great for achieving this balance of softness and brightness, and all while using energy super efficiently.
Cool white can get old after a while, though, so consider adding a pop of color to the lighting. The LEpro alexa light bulb is a guaranteed way to bring modern technology and creativity together in the same space. These light bulbs work with Amazon’s Alexa so that you can change the color of the lights on command. Just make sure you set a curfew for voice activation; otherwise your child might be up shouting the rainbow all night long!
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.