Building your child’s bedroom while they are young is an exciting process. It is fun to fill the room with various decorations that make it livelier, but you run the risk of having to replace them once your child grows older. Not only is this time-consuming, but it is also unnecessarily expensive.
It is completely normal for your child’s taste to change as they grow older. However, you want a space that stands the test of time and serves your child for as long as they stay in your home.
How do you create a bedroom that your child will keep loving? It takes a good base that you can build on easily.
Here are some ideas to help you accomplish this in your child’s room.
Build a Solid Base
Consider the biggest investments you are making when you start putting the room together. These are the bed, other large furniture such as desks and bedside tables, and your storage. You want these to last.
1. Go with a neutral color palette.
Since kids often change their color preferences, it is wisest to go with a palette that they will not easily outgrow. Just because the color is neutral does not mean it’s boring, too! There are many ways to make whites, grays, and blacks work in a room.
It also takes less work to redecorate when you don’t need to take all the furniture out to repaint. A neutral wall color lets you easily liven up the place with pictures, art pieces, and even your special finds from novelty shops, which take a lot less moving around to accomplish.
2. Choose a roomy bed size.
When you give your young child their own room, making everything look as cute as possible is tempting. However, small princess or race car beds won’t grow up with your child. Choose a timeless bed frame—that is, one you can picture matching with both bright beddings and muted ones.
In deciding on the size, we recommend a bed that leaves ample room for when your child grows into their teen years. A double or queen size bed leaves a lot of space for when they are taller. In the future, when your child moves into their own house, having a bedroom with a spacious bed also lets you turn it into a guest room with little work required.
3. Have lots of storage space.
Whether your child is a baby or a teenager, you will always need a lot of storage space. They will always have things they need to pack away, after all. Instead of buying storage boxes or drawers that become too small as they grow up, they have built-in shelves, closets, and the like.
Spacious shelves let your kids store their books and important items safely and display memorabilia such as trophies, pictures, and even toy figures that they have collected through the years.
Have Fun With Decorations
When you have created a good foundation for your child’s room, you can now get to the part that your kids might enjoy more: decorating!
1. Have some prints, patterns, and art.
Making sure they can grow up in this room should not come at the expense of touches that your child will appreciate. Introduce elements that are fun and tasteful by using a mix of patterns on your beddings and curtains. For the walls, you can put up family photos or art pieces that go with everything else in the room.
When choosing the decorative bits, pay attention to the overall design and color scheme of the room. You don’t want the room to look too busy. Let it have a good balance of playfulness and relaxation since it still is a bedroom and not just a play area for your child.
2. Consider their preferences.
Lastly, you must ask your child what they want to see in their room. Your child’s room acts as a safe space where they can freely rest and play. Allow them to use their imagination and add decorations that make the room uniquely theirs.
Involving your child in the design process lets them feel a greater sense of responsibility for what’s in it, which can encourage them to take care of it. They also have a greater connection to the room if it has the touches they want.
Make the room-building journey a team activity between you and your child to let it come together in a special way!