Give them a specific responsibility.
Children love to feel like they're in charge - and when it comes to decorating their own bedrooms, they can be! Although your child might be too young to make too many major decisions about his bedroom, he'll appreciate you delegating a specific area of responsibility to him. For instance, he can be in charge of deciding the color scheme, or the layout of the furniture.
Take them along when shopping for furniture and decorations.
Although it might not be feasible to take your child along every time you buy something for his new bedroom, try to bring him whenever you can. He'll be excited to pick out his own bed, his own lamp, his own rug - anything you allow him to pick out. He will be more enthusiastic about decorating his bedroom if he is able to seek out furnishings that pertain to his tastes, rather than having to settle for what mom or dad picks out.
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If your child is the crafty type, have her get creative and make her own wall art, signs, and door hangers. She can draw pictures of her friends and family to adorn her walls, which will make her feel like she's really in charge of the decorating. Many children also like to make special signs to hang on the door.
Ask them for their opinions on certain decisions.
As the adult, you will have most of the say in how your child's bedroom is decorated. Still, even when it comes to decisions that are best handled by you, your child will appreciate you asking for their input. If you're in charge of the wall color, for instance, you can approach your child with two choices and say, "I can't decide between these two. Which one do you think is better?"
Have your child help bring in and arrange their belongings.
When the decorating is finally done and it's time to move everything into its place in your child's bedroom, let her take the lead. You'll need to be in charge of basic organization and hard-to-reach spots, but it's generally okay to allow your child to arrange her possessions the way she likes them arranged in her bedroom. This final touch will make your child feel independent and responsible.
Written by Kylie Ward.
Kylie is a proud mum of four boys and loves DIY home improvement. Kylie’s husband produces bunk beds in Adelaide studio. Living in a small inner city apartment, they pride themselves on coming up with smart space saving solutions for their home.