Unbelievably, there’s not much left of the school summer holidays. If you’ve already taken your holiday, filled your quota of family days out, and are looking for something to keep everyone busy in the last couple of weeks before the new school year begins, you might want to consider bringing forward that decorating project.
Brilliant Kids Bedroom Designs
Bedroom makeovers are a real rite of passage for children. I remember vividly making the change from neutral nursery to little girl’s pink fairy heaven, complete with princess castle dolls house and twinkly-lit den under her high sleeper. She adored it, but hardly spent any time there, preferring to be in the kitchen, with me, looking for entertainment. All the time. That may well just be her character, and age, but research commissioned by Dulux indicates that a massive 92% of kids say they would spend more time in their bedrooms if they had helped to plan it themselves.
When GG made the transition from little girl in pink to single-minded tween, she played a huge part in designing the room of her dreams. She set up a Pinterest board and filled it with teal and aqua inspiration, from lighting and cushions to huge round beds in the middle of swimming pools. Of course, practicality reigned, but the process of designing, and shopping for her teal tween room makeover gave her a real sense of ownership, and she spends so much time in her room now, happily reading, or doing homework.
Why helping to decorate makes children happier
Child Developmental Psychologist Dr. Sam Wass (who you might know from Secret Lives of 4, 5 and 6 year olds) researched the benefits of involving children in the decorating process, and found that decorating their bedroom is more important to kids than other popular summer activities such as watching their first football match, or riding a bike. It’s even more important in kids’ minds than their first day at school, and second only to a birthday, the research revealed.
When the Bug was too old for his nursery, we created a Star Wars themed bedroom, based around a wall mural he had seen and loved. Given his age, I decided to do the whole thing as a surprise, but because he had chosen the wallpaper, and knew what the theme was, he absolutely loved it. Watch the video of him discovering his new room in the post linked above – it’s adorable. He has since had his say though, on where he thinks the pictures and accessories should go, and I think that he would have loved being part of the process of putting it together. There’s something quite special about watching a room transform, day after day as the decorations progress, and the paint colour brings it to life.
The Dulux study showed that children felt a real sense of ownership about their room if they’d been involved in the decorating process, with some parents even claiming that rooms were kept tidier because their children wanted to show it off to friends and family.
So if you want your child to take better care of their room and not have to nag them all the time to clear it up, let them pick their own posters and picture frames to put them in, their own wallpaper or wall paint, their own furniture… It really can make a difference.
Bedroom makeover inspiration
What’s clear from the research is that helping to design their own rooms really unleashes children’s creativity. The top 10 design wishes for a bedroom are as follows:
- A treehouse theme
- A slide
- A Narnia-style wardrobe
- Trap door
- Glass ceiling
- A stage
- Space rocket
- Pirate ship
If some of those themes seem a bit daunting, all it takes a is a bit of creative interpretation. Dulux have a great range of online tools to help you create brilliant bedrooms for happy kids. From practical tips on decorating in the theme of their choice, to a fab kids bedroom summer holiday workbook, Dulux give you everything you need to get started on a bedroom makeover right now. There’s even a quiz template to help you and your child decide what kind of bedroom is best suited to their passions.
The workbook gives you suggested shopping lists for your chosen bedroom, and even a schedule to follow to project manage the decorating process through to completion. Getting your child involved in this fun and colourful downloadable resource will really show them what’s involved, and teach them the principles of creating a great space.
And if you’re struggling for inspiration, Dulux has created a range of fun YouTube videos with suggestions and instructions on how to recreate the bedroom of their dreams. We absolutely love the tips for this Superhero bedroom:
So rather than leaving your child’s bedroom makeover until after they’ve gone back to school, why not involve them in the process? Just download the Kids Bedroom Summer Holiday Workbook to get started, and check out some of the design inspiration on the brilliant bedrooms for happy kids Dulux page. You can also find out more about the research while you’re there.
Dulux’s Endurance+ range is the perfect paint for a kid’s bedroom makeover – it’s 20 times stronger than normal emulsion, so when you’re tackling sticky fingers and mucky paws it’s a great solution, allowing you to wipe away the stain and not the paint underneath, meaning your walls stay as fresh as the day you painted them!
Post in collaboration with Dulux.