Your daughter will no doubt provide for a bottomless font of ideas when it comes to designing her bedroom. And as a thoughtful parent, you definitely want to give her the opportunity to express her creativity and explore her independence, especially in her own space. But you also want to create a cohesive design that she can live with for the next several years.
After all, designing a custom space for your little girl isn’t necessarily a cheap undertaking, so you want to make sure it will last at least until adolescence. That said, you can, at least, control the parameters of the project so your daughter doesn’t get out of control. Here are a few items for your checklist that should help you to create the perfect bedroom design for the little princess or tomboy in your home.
- Choose a color palette. The place to start is with your child’s favorite color. This can be the basis for your palette. Of course, you might not want to paint the entire room a shocking shade of purple or green since you’re probably going to have to paint over it one day. So use your daughter’s favorite color as a starting point to select a palette of complementary colors. If her favorite hue is lime green, hot pink, or royal blue, think about using it as an accent and painting the walls a milder, pastel shade of the same color. Or use her fave for an accent wall. When you have a palette consisting of 2-4 colors you can meet her demands while still creating a cohesive and visually appealing space.
- Add pattern, texture, and shine. You don’t have to rely only on color to add visual interest to a room – you can also use pattern, texture, and shine in a variety of ways. Patterns can be implemented through bedding, as can texture. Or you could use one of the modern wallpaper products that are peel-and-stick (for easy removal down the line). Don’t want to paper the wall for an extra pattern? Use wallpaper on the back of a bookshelf instead. As for shine, think about using accessories like mirrors and lamps or even adding a chandelier to spice up space.
- Create a photo display. Most kids love to paper their walls with photos of family and friends. You can make it easy with a rotating photo display project. Simply hang rows of wire, twine, or string along the wall and add clips of some sort (like clothespins) for your daughter to clip pictures too. She can easily change them out over time to reflect current friends, activities, and interests.
- Install storage. Kids tend to have lots of stuff, and little girls are no exception. In addition to the closet space needed for her clothes, make sure your girl’s bedroom design includes shelving for books and games, a toy chest or cubbies for toys and stuffed animals, and plenty of nooks, crannies, boxes, and bins for her many keepsake items.
- Add wall decals. One great way to customize your daughter’s room is with decals that you can stick on the wall and peel off when she outgrows them. Sites like Words Anywhere can help you to create decals of her name, a favorite quote or song lyric, or other inspirational phrases to make your little girl’s bedroom truly unique.