Let's face it--you want your child to LOVE their bedroom so that they will not only enjoy being in there, but SLEEPING in there as well! Here are a few basic tips to help you update you kids' rooms so they will love them!
Simple Space - When you update your children's rooms, keep it simple with open shelving and other places for them to display their personal treasures. They need space to add their own touches to make the room feel special to them, so don't add a bunch of items. Some kids may need more space than others, but just be sure you don't overdo the styling of their room.
Comfort is Key - Cute but comfy bedding is important. Make sure it's easy care as well, so you can wash them as necessary. Have just a few pillows on top, so if you are teaching your child to make their own bed, it will be pretty simple for them to do. Eliminate scratchy blankets or rough sheets. Kids won't sleep well with anything that isn't soft to the touch. It won't matter how much they love the look of something on their bed if when they get in it they hate how it feels.
Patterns - Lots of cool items in a room is fun, but, can be hazardous for little ones. You can add wallpaper to bring interest and excitement to the room without adding a bunch of "stuff". Think about what kind of things your child may add to the room and use patterns that compliment it. Too many different patterns might make the room seem too busy and hinder good rest as well. Theme rooms can be cool for a child's room, but keep in mind your child won't stay the same age (or even like the same things) forever. In fact, one year they might love one character and the next year love something else. Designing with a pattern or color palette that is adjustable to different characters or themes is the way to go!
Extra Sleep Space - If your child will have someone sleeping over at times, having an extra sleep space is a good idea. You can use a trundle bed that hides under their bed, or even a set of bunk or twin beds might be the answer. Maybe your kids have always shared a room and separating them might be a little weird. Having an extra space in each room could make it nice for each one to "spend a night" in the room with their sibling again and can add as extra sleeping space for guests because you can put your kids in one room for those special times when someone comes to visit.
I hope these ideas help you when you are updating a child's room. I think sometimes as adults we may forget how it was to sleep in a room we had as a kid, and taking a moment to think about what makes them feel safe and comfortable will help save them (and you hopefully) from too many needless sleepless nights!