As much fun as it is decorating children’s bedrooms I am beginning to realise it gets more difficult as they get older. When we first decorated Lucas’ room it was so easy, we decided what was going in and he loved it all. This time round he has very strong opinions about what should or should not be there – we have had countless discussions about the placement of a map! It’s hard trying to find the balance between a room that they love and a room that I don’t look at in horror. I don’t like to have too many character things in there as he’ll inevitably get bored of it so this time round we tried to go with something that won’t seem dated in six months and we can change it round. I hope this room will grow with him now and doesn’t seem too babyish. It’s a loose explorer/adventurer/animal theme which I’d planned out at the beginning of the year and wrote up a wishlist. As he’s made it his own there are all sorts of pirates and superheroes so really it’s just an eclectic boys room that totally reflects him.
It’s been finished for a few months now but it’s such a small space it’s hard to get decent, light photos. We didn’t do any real decorating this time round, the carpet and wallpaper stayed the same and we already had his wardrobe, curtains and a few others bits and bobs I’d been waiting to put in there. One of the twins has his old toddler bed so we bought him an extending bed from Ikea, one of the few we could find to fit in the room. We also used an Ikea bedside table as a little desk so he has a space to draw his ‘creations’ in peace.
I’m so happy with how it has turned out – I still need a new lampshade but I haven’t seen anything that catches my eye yet. There is also a big blank wall behind his door that I haven’t quite figured out what to do with so any ideas would be appreciated. I’ve got storage boxes on top of the wardrobe and under bed storage full of Lego and Playmobil. His books at the moment are kept in an Ikea spice rack that I painted, we’ve kept that in but I do have to rotate the books quite often now so it might have to be updated for more book storage.
Although it is a small space we’ve managed to cram in full of things to look at and bright colours. There is still enough floor space for him to get his toys out and play. I like that’s there is lots of space to display his treasures and it’s full of things that are special to him – maybe too full! I’m sharing a few more photos below, this is when it’s relatively tidy and there are usually about twenty more soft toys on the bed. I’ll try to link to where I’ve bought things from, as long as I can remember.
Rhino Bookend – H&M / Copper Metal Bits & Bobs Basket – Matalan
Bedding – George at Asda