Psychologists and parents agree: the bedroom is a special space for children. A room of their own, a welcoming refuge for play, for reading and escaping from the hurly burly. But how do you ensure your child loves spending time (and sleeping) in their bedroom? Here’s how to create a special space for children that is fun, cosy and stylish.
Children of any age can have a hand in designing their room and often they make the best choices that express their personalities. You might be surprised at how thoughtful they are, and even learn some new things about your children. Parents will agree a space that encourages a peaceful slumber is paramount. But it is also a wonderful opportunity for personal expression with printed wallpaper, wall art or a theme that reflects your child’s own interests and hobbies.
There are so many clever and unique items available these days for decoration. Curtains and beside lamps will create softness, prints on the wall are playful and fun storage solutions will reduce clutter. A throw and cushions on the bed add extra cosiness. Together you can create a dreamy space for imaginations to run free.
The importance of colour
Colour has the ability to inspire, excite, soothe, heal and even agitate, particularly for children, who can be extra sensitive. So it’s a good idea to think carefully about your children’s choices, and be prepared for some negotiation. For example, if they love red it might be best to use it for highlights, rather than for the walls. On the other hand, orange is said to encourage confidence, extroversion and independence. Green is calming and can soothe an anxious child, as does blue. And how sophisticated is the black Fenwick bedhead above against the grey wall? A great gender neutral choice.
Beds that grow with your child
Providing the ultimate finishing touch to a bedroom, A Heatherly bedhead will grow with your child for years to come. From toddler to teenager, each piece is handcrafted from the finest materials to create a timeless, tranquil and cosy retreat. Whether single or double, patterned or plain, leather or linen. From the strong lines of the Rupert to the curving silhouette of the Genevieve and the buttoned beauty of Alice, Heatherly has a style to suit every child’s their personality.
And what to avoid…
And what shouldn’t be in the bedroom? You’ve probably heard of the research about screen time just before bed, and how it can affect how quickly a child falls asleep. Even for preschoolers, avoiding phones, tablets, computer screens or TV in the hour before bed, is likely to help them get to sleep more quickly. And researchers at King’s College London found that kids between ages 6 and 19 who used screen-based media around bedtime sleep worse and are more tired in the day than others. That’s not surprising: phones, tablets and laptops are noisy and emit blue light that can interfere with the sleep-inducing melatonin. An old fashioned book is the perfect anecdote for a peaceful slumber.
Heatherly, your child and you will make a fabulous combination when it comes to creating an amazing bedroom that all will love (for many years to come) And they might even want to keep it tidy!
We hope you’ve found these tips on how to create a special space for children helpful. To find more inspiration for your child’s room view all our bedhead options here