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Top Tips: How to Decorate your Kids Room on a Budget

Creating kids rooms that little ones want to be sent to is no easy feat, especially if the budget is tight and you’re stuck for ideas. But Aussie stylist and mum, Christie Blizzard, says that getting the most out of this tricky space is all about working with your child and discussing their dreams for the room, too. Here are her top 10 tips on making kids rooms rock!

How to Decorate your Kids Room on a Budget

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Keep it simple and add playful decadence!

“A neutral colour palette is the key to a great child’s room because you can subtly or dramatically change the room by adding cost-effective accessories like bed linen, cushions and throws”. 

Something new – not just pink and blue.

“Paint is your best friend. Use it. Don’t be scared. It’s cost-effective, has loads of impact and can be modified over time. Think outside the square and embrace some new, not-so-predictable shades. A playful orange tone is a hit with both genders and very on-trend is monochrome – so black and white is great for both boys and girls too. If you’re not sure about making such a bold statement, a feature wall is a great way to inject some colour into a room while still playing it safe. To do this, simply map out your artwork on the wall using a soft lead pencil and get ready to splash some colour!”.

Growth spurt!

“There’s a lot of paraphernalia that comes with kids so good storage is essential.  Invest in something that can adapt as your child grows with shelves, drawers and hanging space so you can hide the contents behind closed doors”. 

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Christie loves wall decals from Little Mae.

Wall stickers.

“Create an artistic focal point in the nursery with wall stickers. When they’ve served their purpose they can be removed easily and you won’t have to repaint the wall. Love Mae is a charming online store which has a great selection of fabric wall stickers – we’re particularly drawn to the ‘Little Critters’ and ‘Floating Feathers’ designs. I also LOVE the team at Urban Walls and Vivid Wall Decals too; lots of simple options here that don’t lock you into a themed room”.

Upcycle.

Markets and garage sales provide a day out for parents and children to explore charming pieces that can be brought back to life. I recently sourced a beautiful wicker bedside for $4, sprayed it with gold spray paint and it’s become a beautiful signature piece for the home!”.

Frame it.

“Art can be found anywhere; a special wrapping paper, tea towels or big sister’s painting. Different sized frames will add texture and dimension to the room – and inspire conversation”. 

Layering effect.

“Have some fun with the bed and go OTT with throws, cushions and special toys, which will add a punch of personality to their room”.  

Related Read: 4 mums share their decorating secrets.

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Christie advises going OTT with throws and toys.

Future-proof

“Future proof their space and makes sure it can grows with them. If you buy a throw for your cot linen, be sure it will match what you have in mind when they jump into their big kid bed”. 

Budget stretch

Make your budget go further by buying key pieces of furniture that are versatile. For example, many cot styles adapt into junior beds and the right chest of drawers can double as a change table”.

Blackboards

They’re a novel way kiddies can draw on the walls (without being scolded!!). Select one wall to feature (ideally opposite the bed) and cover. Such a dramatic injection will capture your little one’s personality – and art can be updated each day… all you need is the chalk!”.

How do you get the most our of your kids rooms and do you find discussing what your child wants helps the process or hinders it? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

Click here to check out the Christie Blizzard website.

Outside of writing the TLC Interiors blog, Chris is an interior stylist and author. You can also catch him on your TV screens as a designer on Channel 10's Changing Rooms. If you'd like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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