Decorating a timeless kids room can be a challenge. Especially if you don’t have the desire, time or budget to redecorate the kids room often. Because every few years they will grow and change. If you are looking to create a room that will grow with your child, read on to find out how.
When it comes to kids rooms, it can be very easy to get sucked into a children’s theme — princesses or cars or Dora the Explorer — but these are exactly the things that will end up changing as child grows. Your little girl who dresses up as a princess or your little boy who spends hours driving his cars and trucks around every day will, sooner than you realize, be on to very different things. When that happens, you’re stuck with a kids room that needs updating. Acknowledge that your child’s tastes will change, plan for it. When decorating the kids room create something that will be suitable and pleasing for every age!
Sophisticated Color Scheme For A Kids Room
Choose a color scheme that doesn’t scream “kids room!” by selecting two or three shades and including neutrals.
Rather than “nursery” colors on the walls or toddler-themed wallpaper, view your walls as a blank canvas. On which you can add and change any number of accessories. Truly changing the feel of the room. This doesn’t mean that you have to avoid color — far from it! Most colors, even bright ones, can feel appropriate for kids of all ages if they are incorporated correctly with the furnishings of the room.
Buy Quality Kids Furniture
As you ponder the furnishings in a child’s room, look for timeless furniture and quality pieces. That race car bed may be the be-all-and-end-all to your three-year-old right now, but how do you feel about having to replace it in a year or two at best? Many cribs now convert into twin or full-size beds once you no longer need the crib functionality. If you’re spending the money on a crib anyway, make a good investment in something that will stay with you.
When you’re buying a changing table, consider it’s usefulness long-term. Instead of a changing table, purchase a dresser with a changing table topper that removes once you no longer need it. Great light fixtures, rugs, and custom window treatments can also last years without feeling dated if properly chosen by an expert interior designer with experience decorating kids rooms.
Change-up the Accents
The way you accent and play with the “blank slate” you create as the basis for your child’s room has everything to do with how young or old it feels. Bedding, wall decorations, rugs, and lighting choices will have a significant impact on the feel of the room. Pair a neutral wall with bright orange, red, or blue accents, and you’ll have a knock-out boys room in no time.
Do the same with pinks or purples, and you can have a room that’s as girly as your little princess wants it to be.
Display Carefully and Provide Storage
Any parent knows how quickly a kids room can get filled with clutter. Legos all over the floor or the Barbie dolls on every surface. It can take over! Storage is a key element of a child’s room, by necessity, so plan ahead by providing plenty of accessible, functional, yet stylish storage that fits the room.
If built-ins aren’t workable for your space or budget, consider using several wall mounted bookshelves with classic wicker baskets or an upholstered bedroom bench with enclosed storage.
Consider the layers of your child’s room. Recognize that the toys, bedding and display items are only the top layer of all the elements that make up the room. These will be the easiest to change as time goes on but will also provide a lot of character to the room if chosen wisely.
Patterns and Prints
Stripes, chevron, animal prints, geometrics, florals — all these patterns, done in the right way can be completely timeless.
When you choose a pattern, think down the road. Will this still be appropriate when she’s a teenager? Will this work when he’s 10 years old? If the answer is no, keep looking for something that will! It’s the accessories that will end up making the room feel younger or older and will save you the time, money, and effort of redoing the room over and over.
Is your child outgrowing their room? What are your favorite elements of these timeless kids rooms?