Growing up, my room was always mine, I owned that space. The freedom was sweet and the thumbtacks were plenty. It was a boho wonderland, and I reigned with a rainbow want.
Fast forward 25 years and decorating my kid’s space is still pretty high on my favourite-things-to-do-on-a-Saturday-night list. But now, thanks to the Washi Tape revolution, it can all be done without even putting a hole in the wall.
Instagram and Pinterest have given us eyes into the most amazing children’s spaces, complete with custom artwork, trendy toys and designer throw pillows. It blows my mind but creating a fun and wacky space with and for your little one is actually much easier (and cheaper) than you may think, you just need to get creative, choose a colour scheme (I chose rainbow) and go for it. Here are some of my tips.
And here are some of my Montessori tips for making sure your home encourages your child's independence.
Get some pictures on the walls
There are so many amazing artist that sell colourful and imaginative pictures perfect for children’s bedrooms (like the one pictured above by Enemies Yay) but if you want to get a bit thrifty, there are pages and pages of wall-worthy prints hidden, at your local op shop, in vintage children’s books. If you don’t want to put a frame above the bed (personally I avoid this because, bang, crash) you can just cut them and stick them to the wall with washi tape, it doesn’t damage the paint and they can be swapped out as often as possible.
You could also get out some paints and have your child create a custom piece (just keep it in the colour scheme) or let them go mad with some removable wall decals. Funky tea towels are also an awesome affordable art idea and if you want to do some craft yourself, these plywood wall hanging are pretty easy to make.
Another great way to get colour on the walls is to put up these cool book shelves and let the book covers do the talking.
Hang some bunting
You can get great customisable bunting sets all over the place now, not matter what your style is but if you want to get crafty, it is so easy to make, all you need is some string and pom pom’s, beads, cardboard letters or photo prints and pegs.
Create a treasure shelf
Her treasure shelf is one of the most tinkered with items in our house, sparkly lip balm, a special Elsa ring, figurines… whatever cute thing she can get her hands on usually does time here. All kids hit that age where they want to play with tiny things (that can choke little brothers) and having a shelf above their bed is a great place to keep them all together. It is also really easy way to tie in a theme. Toy cars, animals and dolls in the right colours can look really cool when displayed together. Right now the My Little Ponies are reigning supreme.