Tips for decorating your child’s space

Children are so playful and fun and it has been very rewarding for to me to represent a child’s personality through their space.  A child’s space doesn’t have to follow all the rules that adult spaces follow and can be more whimsical and creative.

I thought it might be fun and hopefully helpful to share a few of my tips for decorating children’s space:

Tip # 1:  Give your children a space where they can be creative and express freely.  I think it’s important to provide a space for productivity; drawing, painting, and sculpting.  Children learn to problem solve by being creative and making “messes”.  This “creative nook” doesn’t have to take up much space, and can be a wall or a small desk.  My children love drawing on Maja’s large chalkboard wall.  And it has also helped eliminate my daughters desire to draw on all the walls and furniture in our home.

Tip #2:  Keep books, toys, and clothing easily accessible to encourage healthy independence.  For example, in my daughter’s room I have kept most of her clothing hung low where she can reach and dress herself, along with her favorite toys and books. The storage items that I would not like her getting in to are kept in the red bins on the top shelf.

Tip #3:  Give your child an everyday environment that is warm and inviting.  For example, in my children’s bathroom we have framed prints taken from some of our favorite sea voyaging books.  As well as other small accessories and pops of color that add warmth to the bathroom, and make it feel more childlike and a fun place to spend time.

If you’d like to see our entire home as well as some more of my ideas on decorating you can see our home tour featured on Design Mom.

– Meta

p.s. To read more from Meta, visit her inspiring and creative blog One More Mushroom.

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1. Polona | November 15, 2013 | Reply

Oh I love this Meta, just what I need now that we’re moving. I especially love the tip with the baskets! And I want your bed – just what I’m looking for Tila. Perfect!
Thanks!!!

2. Christy | November 15, 2013 | Reply

What a lovely, warm and inviting space for your daughter! I am sure she will have many happy memories of growing up in your home. One question for you: her closet doesn’t look that adjustable….do you have any easy suggestions for raising her hanging clothes as she grows? I love the clothes down low and the sense of independence and style that it must foster.

3. Meta in Utah | November 17, 2013

Thank you Christy! Yes, I intend on using her shelving as a desk/study nook later on, and am designing a large armoire for her dresses and other clothing.

4. Kathleen Michelle | November 15, 2013 | Reply

Love love love this! Great ideas – thank you!!!

5. Julie | November 16, 2013 | Reply

Thank you for the post! May I ask where the tights, leggings, pants go? Is there a dresser that’s not shown in the picture? I’m currently trying to plan my 5 year old daughters closet so this post is so timely!

6. Meta in Utah | November 17, 2013

Hello Julie! Yes, there is a dresser to the right of the closet that is not pictured and houses all of her pants, tights, underwear, etc.

7. Art Mom | November 16, 2013 | Reply

Great photos – very creative and inspiring. I love the chalkboard wall – always a blank canvas to create on. Such a great room for kids.

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9. Courtney in London | November 18, 2013 | Reply

I love your home Meta! And all your clever tips. I love the low-hanging children’s clothes, and the framed prints from your favourite children’s books. So clever. xx

10. Esther in Amsterdam | November 18, 2013 | Reply

A lovely space, Meta, thank you for your tips. (And I loved your story on Design Mom!) xxx

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