Decorate a Child’s Room

This is one area where you can let your imagination run wild! Using fun and colourful designs, paint and accessories, you can create an exciting atmosphere for your child to enjoy. It is their space in your home and it should reflect their personality.

Shopping List

Paint swatches | Paint | Rollers | Roller tray | Brushes | Tarpaulin or laminated dust sheets | White spirits | Masking tape | Stencils | Stickers | Bean bags | Lamps | Curtains | Bedding

    Choose a Theme
    Choosing a theme before you do anything else is a great way to ensure the finished room will have a cohesive style and an effective look. The theme will also inspire you and influence your choices in paint colours, designs, bedding and accessories; helping to achieve a professionally-designed appearance.

    A theme for a child’s bedroom could be anything they enjoy, such as their favourite sport, cartoon, movie, hobby, book, animal or place. Alternatively, another fun way to choose a theme is to select an item such as a duvet cover you or your child really likes, and that can become your theme from around which you can base your design.

    Select Colours
    The paint colours you choose should match your objectives, the age of the child, and the theme. If your objective is to create a calming atmosphere for a very young or hyperactive child, calming colours such as light pastels may suit. To create a lively and playful space, vibrant shades from the primary colours family can be combined. Earthy tones will suit an adventurous child or theme, e.g. an animal lover. You may wish to consult an older child who would like an input into the colour choice for their room, and they may look to current fashion trends for inspiration.

    Also consider the furniture and size of the room. Using a lighter version of the main colour on smaller walls can create the illusion of a larger space, or it can also highlight a focal point in the room, e.g. the wall behind a novelty bed.

    Paint Preparation
    Before you start painting remove as much as you can from the room and cover the remaining furniture and the floor with dust sheets. Use masking tape to cover woodwork, trims, sockets and light switches.

    Fun Designs
    Adding some words, shapes, characters and patterns to the walls in a kid’s room can look really effective. Whether you have a steady hand and an artistic streak or opt for one of the many stencils and stickers available, it is sure to create the wow effect your child will love.

    Strategically place furniture in the room to make the most of the space available, and finish it off with accessories that reflect your theme such as bean bags, lamps, curtains and bedding.