A Place to Play and Dream - Tips for Designing a Toddler’s Bedroom
Whether you’re making the shift from nursery to “big kid room,” or you’re trying to convince your toddler to sleep in his own bed instead of climbing into yours, you’re looking for ideas to design your toddler’s bedroom. You can go the simple route and grab a Bed-in-a-Bag kit of your child’s favorite cartoon character with a matching toy bin, but what if your toddler decides Paw Patrol is “out” and PJ Masks is “in.”
Today, I want to show you how you can create an amazing space for your toddler that can grow with his or her needs. Think creative storage for toddler clothes, books, and toys that make it easy to keep the space tidy and encourages clean up. Consider surprising color schemes that spark creativity or soothe and calm, and get ideas for making the most out of available square footage! Sounds fun, doesn’t it?
Discovering a Color Scheme
As your toddler’s personality, likes, and dislikes become very clear (and very vocally stated!) you can create a color scheme for his or her nursery that reflects those preferences. Rather than just going with the traditional pink for a girl or blue for a boy, you can really break past those boundaries and select colors that highlight who your growing child is!
First, consider what kind of mood you want to set in the room. Pale neutrals such as cream, beige, white, and pale gray may seem too mature or even boring for a small child, but those neutrals can create a lovely background for whatever accent colors you choose! If you want to inspire your little one’s creative side, select orange or yellow to boost creativity, energy, and feelings of joy. On the other hand if you want to create a soothing, soft space, blues, soft lavenders, and pale greens are lovely!
I’d recommend keeping wall tones soft, pale, or muted for a toddler’s room and using accents like pillows or bedding for lively pops of color to keep the space from being overwhelming or overstimulating.
Here are some beautiful paint colors for a toddler’s room that will grow with them, along with gorgeous accent colors to go with it!
Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore - a warmer greige is soft enough to hold up against vibrant reds, lemon yellow, or bright orange!
Silver Peony by Sherwin Williams - a barely-there lavender that pairs beautifully with richer shades of violet, deeper blues, and charcoal gray
Watery by Sherwin Williams - a calming blue with green tones, create interest with black and white accents
Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore - a creamy, off-white that’s beautiful against nearly any color you choose to work with, especially buttery yellows, warm grays, and peachy tones
Tippy Toes by Benjamin Moore - a cheerful pink that’s warmed with warm undertones, this is a whimsical color that’s not too overbearing. Add crisp white trim for a classic look!
Pale Daffodil by Benjamin Moore - a pale yellow-orange that is the exact color of early-morning sunshine that is cheerful without being too vibrant. White, navy, and olive can work beautifully against this color!
Make the Most of Your Closet
With toddlers and small children, most parents use a chest of drawers for clothing storage, reserving the closet for hanging nice clothes, coats, and larger items. I’m going to challenge you to rethink the large, bulky chest of drawers, and embrace the closet for childrens clothes! Why?
Your child can easily see what they can wear and choose his or her own outfit for the day.
Hanging up is faster than folding;
Less time digging in drawers (or cleaning up when your toddler decides to empty them)
No risk of dresser falling on a child
Save floor space by removing the dresser
If you have a smaller closet, consider putting up a second tension rod halfway up in the closet so you can double your hanging storage. I love hanging sweater storage for keeping folded items like pajamas, underpants, and undershirts close by and baskets for socks and accessories!
Create a Cozy Reading Nook
Is there anything more enjoyable than storytime with your little one? Dedicate a small space in your child’s room for books and reading to develop and encourage that love of reading early on! Try these simple ideas for creating a nook in your toddler’s room:
Install a simple padded seat in the window for a cozy spot to curl up in the sunshine, and build shelving into the bottom of it for easy access and simple book storage. I LOVE the plans and instructions for building a window seat with storage framing the window here.
Put a soft rug in a corner with a big bean bag or rocking chair. If you don’t have space for a bookshelf, use your wall space to display your child’s favorite books. You can get creative with simple spice racks from IKEA for book storage or even use rain gutters for a rustic look!
Functional “Work” Space and Storage
Having a table for arts and crafts is great for inspiring creativity, but where do you put the blocks, the crayons, tea set, the play-dough, etc to where it’s easy to access but not in the way? Here are some great ways to re-think storage in your child’s room in a way that is attractive AND functional!
Attach pegboard to the wall beside or above a small table and chair set to hold bins for art supplies, toy cars, Little People and small toys.
Repurpose an old or inexpensive coffee table that has a shelf underneath to hold bins of blocks, tea set or play food items, and larger items while your child sits at the table to play.
Hang wooden crates with the bottoms mounted to the wall for a cool take on wall storage that makes showing off stuffed animals a breeze. Use a large crate close to the floor as a table with storage. Dress up the crates by lining them with pretty wallpaper like this idea from LoveChicLiving.
With these ideas, your toddler has a lovely place to play, to relax, and dream! If you’re feeling overwhelmed at how to design your toddler’s bedroom, reach out to me for a consultation! I’m available to help you create a room that will grow with your child, that reflects his or her unique personality, while providing functional solutions for storage and play!
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