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Decorating your child’s room with wallpaper!

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Using wallpaper in your child’s room is perhaps the best choice you will make in terms of adapting to their transition from toddler to teenage Writes Rupal RACH.

Wallpapering is definitely classy and hardly squeezes you to break a bank in-order to apply its trendier trends. It’s such a quick remedy to an old and tired space. Walls with wallpaper talk. They hear the complaints of “my room is so boring”. With wallpaper one is able to take some measures so fast. It doesn’t last long!

Using wallpaper in your child’s room is perhaps the best choice you will make in terms of adapting to their transition from toddler to teenager. Firstly it will  not break the bank, and secondly it’s such a quick remedy to an old and tired space that hearing the complaints of “ my room is so boring” will not last too long!

Before you shoot of down to buy the wallpaper, spend an hour or two getting a plan together. Giving your child ownership of the project is a great way of boosting their independence and they’ll take great pride in showing off the finished article to all their friends and family. It also saves you from their comments of “ it’s pink? I hate pink!” this way they can only blame themselves! But of course, help them with the choosing, you really don’t want your child to end up with an optical illusion effect on their ceiling!

Use the following checklist to help you prepare:

 Decide on a theme:

It’s very important to go for a theme that will preserve your child’s interest – especially if you’re on a tight budget and want to avoid re-decorating every other year. Themed television characters are great for pre-schoolers but when they hit the pre-teen years, they might suddenly decide they’re too grown up for the likes of Bob the Builder and Dora the Explorer and put in a request for a makeover! Themes like the jungle, under the sea and space are much broader and therefore more likely to span their interest for longer. Alternatively you could go for a patterned theme such as stars, stripes or spots.

Set a colour scheme

This is exceptionally important to little boys and girls so choose wisely! There are hundreds of different hues available so take the time to scan the shelves and find one that you both agree on. Smaller rooms benefit from light, matt colours to give them a feeling of space whereas larger, brighter rooms can carry off darker, glossier colours. Try not to stick to baby blue for boys and baby pink for girls – it’s too Klee shay. Perhaps use tones of darker blues and greens for boys, and perhaps purples, fuchsias and turquoises for girls. The colours you choose with your child whether plain or patterned wallpaper should be a reflection of your child’s personality – not an adaptation from a catalogue.

Set your budget

Brightening up a room doesn’t have to be overly expensive but on the flip side it’s very easy to over-spend when there’s no budget to stick to. If it’s a large room you may want to wallpaper one or two walls. Another option is to use whatever wallpaper you have leftover on the headboard, drawers or even frame them for an artistic look.

Plan the layout

Giving the layout of the room proper consideration will make it more practical for your child. Little things like moving the bed away from the wall in order to allow the full effect of the wall to be seen. Or wallpapering just a small alcove of the room to create a relaxing space for your child which can also be used during study time – this way you drive down costs too!

If you have two siblings and you don’t have separate rooms for each, you can create a private space for each one in the shared room. If siblings agree on one theme then it is very easy to decorate their room. However, if they do not agree then you can go for two themes in the room. A room divider can be used to separate the space. Additionally, the furniture should be kept the same, but each wall can be treated differently, allowing each child to feel comfortable on their respective sides of the room. Try to stick to the same hues however, if one side of the room is made of strong bold colours, make sure that the other side also has strong colours, and vice versa for softer colours. The colours can be different but limiting them to 2-4 colours in the room will stop it from resembling a circus, unless that’s your theme of course!