My 5 steps
1st Let the children join the process
Often parents decorate according to what they think is neat, but it’s still children who should be in the children’s room the most. Sure, kids are fickle, but has little Olle a pink period: Paint a wall in that color. Foundation walls are easy to do when the taste is changing. Or let the kids get to have any furniture that they may paste and paint as they want. Children love to be creative!
2nd Bet on the second hand
To buy the craziest kids furniture is usually only expensive and unnecessary. It is smarter to buy a proper piece of furniture that can hang around for a while instead. For example, a huge coffee table that you paint the color you want, whenever you want. Furnish smart too. Often one feels that there should be a desk in school children’s rooms but if they would rather sit and do homework at the kitchen table, you can use the surface for other things.
3rd Effective storage
The storage in children’s rooms is something you’re never quite fathom. But I usually try to find a place in the room that I can concentrate for storage. Perhaps more branches at low line or closets that covers most of one wall. But much is about to clean out. Have a few buckets of toys in the attic, which may rotate – it feels toys are always new.
4th Rooms for the joy of movement
It is often said that the interior can easily become boring if you furnish along the walls. But the children’s room, I actually think it’s a good idea, so that children get space to move around. We have rings in the ceiling that Della has hung in since she was two years and they are always a hit when friends visit. Climbing walls are also fun and encourages physical activity.
5th Smart decoration
I like the permanent solutions which are nevertheless easy to modify. As clothespins on strings attached on the walls where you attach photos, posters, small stuffed animals and stuffe. Or a picture wall as to change the motives of when one feels like. Chalk board paint is also super popular. Paint on such boards, pieces of furniture or walls, it’s free for kids to decorate new every day.
Interview by Liselotte Lundström for Hus&Hem(google translated) in 2007
All photo’s by Peter Phillips.
(Shot in my kid’s room – but it has changed since… the forever ongoing project)