Decorating a Child’s Room on a Budget

Decorating or redecorating a child’s bedroom can be an exciting project for both you and your child. However, with the cost of living rising, doing it on a budget may seem daunting. The good news is there are plenty of inexpensive ways to give your kid’s room a makeover they’ll love without breaking the bank. 

Plan Out the Design

Whether you are redecorating a room for a child who’s outgrown theirs or getting ready to welcome a new foster child with, first think about the overall design and colour scheme you want for the room. Get input from your child – or the fostering agency – on their preferences and ideas. Consider the size and layout of the room and how you can make the most of the space. Setting a budget will also help guide purchasing decisions. 

Making a plan for the room’s style and functionality will give direction to your shopping and decorating. Plus, it gets you and your child excited for the finished result!

Use Paint to Transform the Space

A fresh coat of paint can instantly give a child’s room new life at a low cost. Opt for budget-friendly paint brands and whites/neutrals which are cheaper than bold colours. For accent walls, buy a small amount of a vivid shade like pink or bright blue rather than painting the whole room. 

Painting patterns or murals is also a creative, affordable way to decorate. Use painters’ tape and tester pots to make shapes, stripes or images on the walls. You could even get your child involved with helping to paint their designs. 

Incorporate Colour Through Soft Furnishings

While paint offers the backdrop, adding pops of colour through cushions, rugs, lamps and other décor accessories brings vibrancy to a child’s room without a big price tag. Mix and match textures like fluffy pillows and fleece throws in complementary shades. 

For a coordinated look, choose bedding and curtains in a colour theme. Check budget shops, sales and clearance sections for deals. Adding new soft furnishings gives the room a fresh feel for less. 

Display Your Child’s Interests

An easy way to decorate based on your child’s unique personality is by displaying their interests. Frame their artwork or create a gallery wall showcasing their creations. Put up posters and pictures of their favourite shows, celebrities or sports teams. Shelves are ideal for showing off trophies, books, and collections. 

Making their passions part of the room’s décor reflects who they are in an inexpensive yet meaningful way. 

Add Style with Budget-Friendly Décor

Breathing new life into a child’s room doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Stick to budget décor items like:

  • Fun patterned contact paper to cover old chest of drawers
  • Affordable lamps from IKEA or supermarkets
  • Fairy lights for twinkly ambience 
  • Stencils and stickers to customise walls, furniture and storage
  • Vibrant or patterned storage boxes and bins
  • DIY wall art using canvas, paper and craft supplies
  • Preloved pieces from Facebook Marketplace, Vinted or charity shops 

With a bit of creativity, you can decorate a fantastic child-friendly room on a budget and create a space they’ll be delighted to call their own. What matters most is making a space that reflects their personality and interests.

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