Before the cash-conscious side of your brain clicks the back button, this post isn’t actually related to making structural alterations in a bid to make your child’s bedroom larger. Instead, we’re going to concentrate on those famous tricks of the eye that often involve an inexpensive trip to the DIY store. Sound promising? Read on to find more about how to turn your little one’s cluttered bedroom into one that looks the largest in the house.
Multi-use furniture should be your best friend
The amount of toys, books and clothes that the average toddler clocks up over the course of the year is frightening. This unfortunately means that the standard storage options rarely suffice, and you’ll instead have to look towards more creative solutions.
One of these is by investing in multi-purpose furniture. If you take a look at these girls beds from Ollie and Leila, you’ll see that many incorporate storage space underneath, with some even including specific sets of wardrobes and drawers. This is the prime example of multi-purpose furniture at its best, with the necessary item being used for more than its usual purpose. Fortunately, it’s not the only way you can achieve this and if you are looking to create more space, consider swapping that changing unit with a chest of drawers. Then, place a changing mat on top and you’re good to go. Is it ideal? Not exactly, but for the purposes of gaining so much additional space it could be completely worth it.
Kids love mirrors (and so do estate agents)
Children are pretty vain creatures – they love staring at themselves in the mirror. This is something that estate agents enjoy as well (not the looking at themselves) and many will quickly realise that the room looks much, much bigger with the inclusion of several well placed mirrors. Try positioning them opposite windows or shining onto light spaces of a room, they reflect light brilliantly and make the eye immediately think that the room is bigger than what it really is.
Clear everything out to the boundaries
Walk into any nursery room and you’ll probably see the same thing; hoards of toys sprawled all over the middle of the floor. Unfortunately, the nature of a nursery means that it’s nigh on impossible to ever stop this, so this point actually refers to furniture. If your child’s bedroom has tables, chairs or anything else in the middle of the room – try and push it to the boundaries as a matter of urgency. You might never be able to get rid of those toys from the centre circle, but by pushing all furniture to the perimeter you will at least create a big gaping hole which simply echoes “spacious”.
Persuade your little one to love white
Ok, this might be a little difficult. The point we’re trying to make is that light colours automatically make a room feel bigger, so try and urge your little one to opt for these rather than the dark shades. You might have to compromise by adding some wall art to inject a bit of decoration, but some would argue that this makes the room much nicer from a child’s perspective anyway.