Interior design – it’s child’s play!

When it comes to turning a house into a home, getting the bedrooms right it key. And doesn’t every child deserve a room that’s not just practical but fun too? Five star housebuilder Barratt Homes thinks so. Its creative team has come up with some cracking room concept ideas to inspire the interior designer in you.


Match their passions

Many young children have one keen interest – whether it’s space, dinosaurs, cars, dolls or superheroes. Why not let their passion be the focus of the room? Okay, we all know they’ll move on to something else in no time…so perhaps buy wall stickers rather than wallpaper. That way you can remove them whenever the time comes, without risking any damage to your paintwork.

As they get older, your children’s tastes will no doubt diversify. When that happens, a blank canvas is a great way to give them an opportunity to show their personality. Posters, for example, are a brilliant tool for helping them express themselves – especially when they begin moving through different phases of adolescence.


Inspire them

If you go down the wallpaper route, there are some fantastic murals on the market. How about decorating a feature wall with the view from a football stadium’s tunnel – or covering the ceiling with a cosmic galaxy? Every child is different, and you know them well. Think of how you might capture their imagination.

Creatively minded children will love spaces to play with Lego or Duplo. Perhaps add baseboards to the top of their toy boxes and even walls, so they can create their own masterpieces on the fly. Just be sure to have some plastic tubs nearby to clear away any unused bricks.

Don’t forget to leave space for all their coming achievements too. If you’ve got a sports lover, why not frame their tops and memorabilia? And be sure to leave a shelf for all their trophies and medals.

Any special achievements? Frame those certificates and remind your children of their successes. Teens love to do a little decorating themselves – perhaps displaying notes or photographs – so a cork or magnetic board is a great addition to the room.


Consider the practicalities

A child’s bedroom is their place to retreat to – a place to sleep as well as to play and express themselves. Storage space is important, so how about a low cabin bed for storage or a high sleeper to create a comfy nook to relax in? You’ll find some fantastic and imaginative cabin beds available – looking like everything from tree houses to London buses or even castles.

Don’t forget, the ways your child uses their room will change. They will transform from being playrooms when they’re younger to spaces where they can practice their hobbies and do homework when they’re older.

If they play an instrument, the bedroom is a great place for them to practice. And how about sleepovers? Make sure there’s a sleeping bag hidden away somewhere. If their friends will be staying over regularly, then a bunk bed or high sleeper with a sofa bed underneath is a great option.

If you need a study area for them to read or do their homework, make sure the lighting is right. The main light on its own may not be enough. Spotlights and desk lamps can create focal points, themed lighting can inspire, and softer, ambient, lights can help your children relax in the evening.


Most importantly…ask for their opinion

Children like to have their say. You certainly don’t want to go to all the effort of a makeover in their room, only for them to say it’s babyish or boring. Ask them what they’d like their bedroom to look like. You may think they’re hoping for a football or princess-themed room, only to discover they want something more grown up.

New-build homes offer a wonderful opportunity for buyers to create, from scratch, spaces and decor that is individual to them. And that also means the chance to provide their children with the bedroom of their dreams.