Building a new home is an opportunity to create spaces tailored to meet the needs of every member of the family. From extravagant media theatres to sparkling swimming pools and everything in between, your customisation options are really only limited by your imagination.

Naturally, your kids will undoubtedly be excited at the prospect of moving into a new home, but you can take things to the next level by creating purpose-built children’s rooms that are sure to inspire inquisitive young minds. Here are the top seven ideas you can incorporate into your new home to make the ultimate kids’ room:

1. Pastel colours are always a safe choice  

Bright, vibrant colours look great on paper, but they can be overly stimulating, particularly to those going through important developmental stages. Reader’s Digest explains that a bright red room, for example, can make children grumpy and moody.

Avoid the big, bold tones and opt for gentler pastel tones instead. Pale pink and blue are traditional favourites, of course, but soft greens, purples and oranges can work equally well.

 

2. Ensure it’s a safe environment

Every day, around 5,000 Australian children suffer an injury that requires medical treatment, according to research from Queensland Health. What’s more, the most common place for these accidents to occur is in the home. So it goes without saying that if you’re building a new house, it needs to be constructed to the highest level of quality and safety.

There are many elements to designing a safe kids room, but a good starting point might involve only having furniture with rounded edges, blocking access to power points, removing tall, heavy objects from the room and ensuring that any dressers or drawers are bolted to the wall.

 

3. Make things accessible for your children

Your children are going to be the ones spending the most amount of time in the room. Therefore, it makes sense to design the space so that things are easily accessible for them.

How can you achieve this? Simply put, it’s a matter of scaling things down. Finishing the room with chairs, desks and tables that have been designed to be used by kids will help your young ones feel more in charge of their space. In addition, ensure frequently used items are stored in places where they can be easily retrieved.

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4. Get creative with decorations  

Paintings and educational charts are two sure-fire ways to create a sense of fun and colour in your new home, but why not take things one step further by adding interactive elements into your children’s rooms? One great suggestion is to incorporate features into your kids room that turn everyday tasks into learning activities.

Chalk paint, for example, enables both you and your kids to write and draw on the walls of the room without worrying about marking the surfaces of your home.

 

5. Aim for a timeless design  

As any parent can attest to, children’s tastes evolve incredibly quickly, and what was loved today may be loathed tomorrow. The key takeaway here is to future-proof your kids room by aiming for a design that will be suitable for children of all ages.

Themed furniture and decorations might seem like a cute idea, but you can save yourself money and the headache of revamping the room every few years by opting for a style that will suit toddlers and teenagers alike.

 

6. Incorporate wipeable surfaces  

As noted, it’s almost inevitable that your children’s rooms will take something of a beating as your kids explore the space. By incorporating wipeable surfaces into the design of the room wherever possible, you can ensure that little spills or big messes can be easily cleaned up with minimal fuss.

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7. Consider storage space

When designing your new home, it’s important to ensure that it is as functional as it is beautiful – and that means incorporating a good amount of storage space into the design. As your children get older, however, it’s likely that they’ll need even more places to store all their knick-knacks.

There are many ways to achieve this. Use the dead space under the bed as a storage area by keeping things organised with wooden drawers and dividers. In addition, hanging wall hammocks are great places to store lightweight objects such as stuffed toys, while adding colour to the room.

Share your favourite home decoration tips below!

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  • I am in the middle of decorating my grandaughters room I have gone for mint green. Cushions and a fish wall theme.

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  • I love the pastel colours for the kids rooms.

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  • It’s all about the storage. Storage, storage and more storage. There’s so much stuff!!

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  • Use a paint and where marks can be wiped off and blue tak removed. My best to tip for decorating is sticking the children’s paintings/drawings on the walls. The art will grow with the children.

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  • We have just moved and i am needing ideas for a room for my two daughters to share. This was perfect thanks for the great ideas.

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  • Fantastic suggestions – pity that my kids will miss out as they are too old now.

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  • What a great list of hints tips and tricks. If only I read this when my kids were younger, I could have had so much fun

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  • So many great suggestions here.
    I agree with pastel colours. They tend to have a calming effect according to some experts. Gloss (shiny) paint regardless of colour tends to be a distraction because it is so bright and things reflect off it. Even though it is often used as a play room a bedroom is just that, the desginated room to sleep in. You can never have too much storage in a bedroom whether it be for clothing, linen for that room etc, baby gear if needed, books, toys etc. Make sure that dressers , bookshelves etc. are sturdy and cannot be tipped over at all. I personally know one 2 year old child who pulled a drawer at the bottom part way out of it, tried to put something bulky in it and tipped the whole thing over on top of herself. Make sure the side panel is very wide–best to anchor the furniture to a wall otherwise. There has been several warnings on the media recently, especially TV cabinets– even if the TV is attached.

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  • Great tips ! I agree that storage area’s are very important :)

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  • Great tips thank you! Especially #5, definitely important.

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  • Have plenty of storage.areas

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  • Adding items that reflect a child’s likes/personality makes a room extra special.

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  • All fantastic tips,timeless design is a great one!

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  • storage is key isn’t it – we all have too much stuff so being able to “hide” it is great for keeping a neat and tidy home.

    Love all the other tips you supplied in this article too

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  • Thanks for the tips – love pastel colours.

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