Birth rates are predicted to rise in the United States this year. This implies that many parents will be considering how to design their nursery.

Being able to design and put together your new baby's space as an expectant parent is incredibly joyful. No doubt designing a child's room brings out the inner child in us, too. However, there are so many choices and options available that most parents are unsure where to start.

A kid's room must fulfill various roles, including a place to play, explore and study, but its most crucial role is to provide a comfortable and safe area for your child (of any age) to rest at the end of a day. Whatever your financial or space limitations are, these recommendations below will assist you in creating and decorating a long-lasting environment for your child to thrive in.

Current nursery trends

There are a few ways to look at nursery trends for 2022. Basically, you should start with the colors and themes that are popular right now.

In terms of color, green, black, yellow, pink, and natural colors are all on vogue this year. It's no surprise that most of those colors may be used in a nursery for either a newborn boy or a baby girl since many individuals opt for a gender-neutral nursery.

This year's most popular nursery themes are sky-themed nurseries, woodland-themed nurseries, and fictitious characters (like the ever-classic Winnie the Pooh). Within each of those themes, parents have plenty of space to be creative and create a one-of-a-kind home for their child.

Kids room interior with colorful wallpaper

Keep it simple

In the case of children's rooms, less is typically more. If you keep the decor and the furniture simple, you’ll have more freedom to experiment and update as your kid grows.

The most difficult aspect of designing a child's room is to keep in mind that you will have to upgrade the room periodically, as your child's requirements and tastes will undoubtedly change. Make sure there are enough options to regularly adapt the décor to an age-appropriate scheme. Going with a neutral color palette and adding pops of color with removable wallpapers, artwork, and bedspreads is a good option to achieve it.

Organize the room by function

Knowing what to expect might provide a sense of peace and security. The same may be said about how an interior is laid out. Define work and play zones in your child's room to help stay organized.

A simple technique to establish routine and consistency in daily living is to divide the area into sections based on function. It also helps in the organization of belongings and the maintenance of a clean environment. Here are some basic functions to get you started:

  • Toys activity center – open shelving or storage system with a few rotating toys can serve to minimize mess.

  • Arts & crafts table – organize a small table with chairs and store the art supplies nearby. If you have enough space, make a place for a “creative wall” where your child can hang up his or her daily creations.

  • Reading nook – ideally near a window that lets in a lot of natural light, set a place where it’s cozy to store books and read or color them.

  • Dressing area – create a self-care station with a mirror, wardrobe or closet, bunch of drawers, brushes, etc. to teach your kid how to be independent.

  • Sleeping space – define a zone that is meant only to sleep & rest. Choose a cozy bed that can also serve as a private space in case of sharing a room with siblings.

Nursery interior

Focus on play

Try focusing on what your child enjoys the most when designing a room for them: playing!

Consider incorporating a creative frame bed, an indoor swing, or a ball pit. If you want to add a bit of playfulness to your design, think about a blackboard wall or an easy-to-update art gallery where your child can show off their creativity. A built-in rock climbing wall, bunk bed slide, or ceiling-suspended cargo net are also excellent solutions for stimulating play and also helping to burn off excess energy before night.

Double up on storage

Kids come with a lot of stuff – from toys, games, and books to ever-changing clothing in numerous sizes. If you need some assistance controlling the chaos, think about extra hooks, wall-hugging bookshelves, under-the-bed storage boxes, and furniture with built-in storage. Installing a second rail into the closet is another simple option to increase storage capacity.

In most cases, having a lot of storage in your child's room is a smart idea. Make the storage items work for you by incorporating them into the decor. Choose items that are both stylish and functional, such as a cabinet that matches the room's aesthetic or a sleek, movable storage cart. Colorful baskets and boxes are other options for storing frequently used toys and items. To keep bedding, toys, and other random goods, choose beds with shelves and drawers underneath. This will hide all of the clutter.

Kids room storage - shelf, boxes

Embrace color psychology

Color is something that children adore, but picking the correct one can be difficult. Sure, your child may enjoy all the trending colors right now, but that doesn't mean they will in the future, and the prospect of repainting the entire room in a few short years is enough to make anyone question their color commitment. 

It is not a secret that the environment, which includes the color of the room, has an impact on children's moods. That’s why taking a few minutes to do basic research on color psychology is a good idea.

Tones that are bright and warm, such as yellow, orange, pink, and red, are commonly associated with happiness. On the other hand, these colors can easily overstimulate us, so don't use them in huge quantities; instead, create an accent wall.

Speaking of pastel colors, like peach, light pink, or lilac, they might have a beneficial impact on children. You will see your kid feeling happier and more optimistic if the color of his environment is bright and light. However, to minimize the negative effects of overdosing a certain color, try to balance the hues. 

If your kid wants to incorporate a specific color, pick a palette that has two or three of his favorite shades and use it for decorating: colorful bedspreads, blinds, rugs, and wall stickers that will brighten up your kid’s room. Be sure to balance out bold colors with spots of soothing neutrals for a pleasing visual.

Neutral paints have the bonus of stability. However, keep in mind that pale colors, while providing a versatile backdrop for colorful decorations, are more easily marked, necessitating more regular cleaning, touch-ups, and complete re-decorating.

Use layers of light

Lighting is vital when it comes to decorating a child's bedroom: fairy lights create a pleasant environment, spots provide warmth, task lighting above or beside beds encourages reading, and lampshades on ceiling lights help to focus a room. Falling asleep under fairy lights or the calming glow of a loving animal lamp provides much-needed confidence and comfort for those who are still afraid of the dark.

The first and most important factor we cover in every project is lighting. Instead of fluorescent tubes or spiral bulbs, use full-spectrum light bulbs, which come in a range of shapes and sizes. 

While natural window light stimulates a positive mood throughout the day, lighting should be reduced at other times of the day to encourage peace and sleep. Consider adding dimmer switches and attachments with three levels of intensity, floor and table lights, and appropriate window coverings when transitioning from day to night. There are various options, ranging from delicate light-filtering shades and sheers to complete black-out blinds and draperies.

Kids room interior design with lights

Have fun with removable wallpapers

Have you ever questioned what it is about the kids' rooms you see on Pinterest that appeals to you so much? Most likely it's the proper use of color, pattern, and texture.

Removable wallpapers, which have become such an important décor element in recent years, are actually an interior designer's hidden weapon, as they can instantly transform a room from drab to fab.

Peel and stick wallpaper is a smart and practical choice for your toddler's room. It's easy to set up and can be done during your coffee break. Furthermore, such wallpaper is easily removable, so you can just peel it off and set up a different design if you want to change things up.

Since many children's wallpapers are bold and busy, don't feel obligated to use one on all four walls if it would overwhelm the space or make it feel too small. Instead, consider hanging wallpaper on one or two walls.

Don't limit yourself to dedicated children's wallpaper, too. Geometric patterns can look great, and they usually come in a variety of colorways, from bold to subtle, to suit the age of the room's owner. Gray wallpaper with an attractive pattern, for example, makes a fantastic backdrop for an evolving scheme.

Murals, another eye-catching option, act similarly to a feature wall created with wallpaper, but you can customize the size of the design rather than working with standard rolls of wallpaper and pattern matching. Animals, birds, maps and charts, astronomy or architecture, as well as patterns, are among the most popular themes.

Bring the outside in

We have no influence over how our children turn out, but we may affect their hobbies, interests, and values. If you have a passion for nature and would like to share it with your children, why not start with a location in your house that he or she can truly call their own?

Natural components are used and designed in a way that delivers a subconscious message to the brain: “It’s time to relax”. Nature's colors, views, sounds, scents, and textures strike the perfect balance and serve as the source of inspiration.

Incorporating images of the outdoors into your child's bedroom is one method to bring nature inside. Photography teaches children to pay attention to the details around them and to appreciate everything that nature provides.

Another great idea is to cover a wall in the kids' room with a wallpaper map. The earlier you can establish in your children a feeling of their place in the world, the greater their global perspective will be. Just don’t be surprised if they decide to travel the world as soon as they finish school.

Kids room interior with forest wallpaper

Let kids be imaginative

Keep your child's interests and habits in mind when decorating his or her room. Each child is unique in their own way, so choosing a look that expresses a lot of personality is always a good idea. Encourage your kid to join in the fun; it will be a wonderful opportunity for you to spend quality time together.

March 30, 2022