If there is one characteristic that is common for every child in the world, it is that children change tastes and wishes all the time.
This is not a simple whim: it is a sign that a child is growing. You need to consider this before refusing to redecorate their room, but to be aware at the same time that you won’t be able to respond to every of their wishes (sometimes, what they want will be exhaustive, expensive, or even impossible!).
And children will not always understand that.
Designers, however, developed a solution for this problem: instead of breaking your child’s heart, and the amazing party growing up represents, you can opt for creating a bedroom that grows with your child. And we are here to explain how:
Let your child conduct the process
At the end of the day, it’s their room! They are the ones that are going to spend time in it, and you have to make everything possible to provide them with a comfortable and pleasant environment.
You are the parent, and you have more design experience, but neglecting their wishes is not a good way to start. You need to know the values and interest of your child, and to look for items that will be at least close to what he’d imagined.
Including children in the process of designing a room is a strong creativity incentive, and it makes them feel proud and responsible for the first time. Don’t take that away from them!
Keep the palettes neutral
When designing your child’s first room, you’d probably feel tempted to choose gender specific colors or accessories. Had you done that, be sure that repainting won’t slip out of your hands (hopefully, it will slip only once).
Those of you who haven’t made a final decision yet should use neutral colors, something alike gray, beige, cream, or even lavender violet (because these colors are gender neutral before anything else).
Still insisting on gender predestined schemes? Take light blue and ‘jazz it’ with warm purple beams or black-and-white accents.
Once again, this is not a guarantee that the boy will be satisfied as he grows: What if he gets up one morning, and decides that his room has to be red or brown?
The tricky part of using neutral colors is price: sounds like a paradox, but non-striking items cost most in the design world, so if you happen to find a cheap, yet beautiful piece your child we refuse it for being outdated. That’s right! Get ready!
Your type is…multifunctional
In order to create a space that can keep up with age transition, you have to stick to multifunctional furniture that has a purpose both in the nursery and the adolescent private room.
Instead of a table, you could buy a wide bureau with a removable padded mat on top to keep children entertained. Instead of a small cabinet, you can take a smartly-divided dresser that accommodates both toys and clothes.
Whatever you choose, keep a low number of items, ideally that durable that you’d forget when you bought them.
Don’t underestimate the importance of storage solutions
Kids have piles of belongings, and that’s not very likely to change as they grow. Even a baby’s room needs multiple storage solutions that hide belongings, prevent a cluttered appearance, and free space for other activities.
As you already assumed, storage space needs to be flexible, and to accommodate all sorts of personal items. We recommend closets that can be expanded with bi-level rods or smart organizers, desk-cabinets, under-drawers, or window seats (a very handy solution for the toys).
Follow the conversion trend
Converting furniture is very popular. The trend refers to repurposing furniture, instead of getting rid of it.
Your baby’s crib, for instance, can turn into a basinet or a chair (even more of them!), while removing the pad from your baby’s dresser can make it usable also for the toddler.
Sometimes, all it will take is to replace pillows or other bedding accessories. Main rule: Stay on the creative side!
Make ‘evergreen’ furniture solutions
This is a very smart idea! The only way to stop your child from asking for new furniture every year is to choose items with classic and timeless beauty.
Let us give you an example: you chose bright pink for your little princess castle, but after only two years she says that the room is childish, and you had to make full redecoration in order to respond to her demands.
Had you chosen to use classic upholstery, or to make a ‘pink to purple’ transition palette for her walls, she’d hardly ever complain about it.
Therefore, be careful how you pick furniture: choose top-quality items with classic patterns, and match them accordingly.
Go for materials you could actually update
This refers mostly to the choice of appropriate flooring: we recommend you to take a solid base, and to switch carpets/rugs whenever the child gets bored of them.
Another good idea is to install FLOR carpet tiles, because they come in all colors and patterns, and can be changed easily as the child grows.
Furnish it with quality items that will last
Had you decided to go for the ‘ever-growing’ room, accept nothing but the best quality for basic furniture. You’ll need big pieces that store all sorts of items, spacey beds that accommodate both children and teenagers, lots of slamming drawers, durable elements that are infliction proof, or even dimming light controls.
Succeeding in this task will enable you to do only slight and modest changes in future (new drawer pools for the dressers, neutral slipcovers for the chairs, etc). The best thing about it is that your child will get a say for every single redecoration.
Consider the items that you’ll have to replace, and choose accordingly
Give your child some space to experiment, and let him/her know that not everything in the room is a ‘don’t jump on this’ item. In such way, you will enhance the kid’s creativity, and you’ll prevent them from feeling like total strangers in their own place. The best way to do this is to integrate objects that can be replaced easily:
- Crafts, cushions, collections, shelves, posters, etc.
- Inspirational art collections
- Photos in playful frames
As you see, you can form an excellent design team with your children, and turn the entire design experience into an entertaining journey that will save your budget at the same time.
Decorate for easy maintenance
Even the most meticulous youngsters get messy at times. Mess and chaotically deployed belongings are personal hazard stamps of a kid’s territory.
That’s why you need to make maintenance plans prior to the decoration of your child’s room. Make your life easier, and go for low-pile carpeting, dry-washed curtains, or durable wood for the floors.
Consider studying places that will inspire them
Since their youngest age, children define a quiet corner where they can color, draw, or read as they grow up. Once they start school, the place transforms into a studying area, where they need to read and do their homework without being disturbed.
This particular feature must be present in every child’s room, designed in a way which will encourage them to be more creative.
It can be a desk in their favorite color, a comfy rocking chair, or a floor cushion with their favorite poster above it. Whatever you do, make sure the child will be impressed by how well you’ve grown to know his wishes.
Keep it simple
Simplicity is difficult to achieve in a child’s room, considering all those toys, clothes, gadgets or posters they ‘can’t live without’.
What matters here is to keep basic furniture simple and streamlined, so that the room would be refreshed only by substituting the accessories.
You can’t rely on permanency in a children’s world. Today they have a single favorite color, but tomorrow they have five of them (needless to enter in a favorite hero-discussion).
Why would you expect their room preferences to be an exception to this rule? Stay prepared for the craziest ideas, and more importantly: stay open for their wishes.
Choosing a room that will grow with the same tempo as your child is the best bet you’ve got. Besides, such room will always allow you to cherish your child’s personality, and that’s what matters the most.