Whether you need to design a bedroom, nursery or playroom, creating a unique space for children can be a much bigger job than you expect. This is especially true if you want something that will stand the test of time. The wants and needs of kids change as often as the weather in Washington and as they get bigger, not accounting for this will leave you with a room that once was perfect, now being outdated and possibly unwanted. There are other options other than redesigning your child’s room every couple of years.
By considering the children’s changing needs, you can come up wit plenty of flexible designs that are easier to adapt as their needs or interests shift. Periodic changes will still need to be made, of course, but you won’t have to start from the ground up each time. Here are a few things to keep in mind.
When coming up with your initial design, it is best to take something of a minimalist approach to your design. Try to figure out what the essentials are, then see if there is an age-fluid way to approach them. Adding a color to the room but skewing it to a lighter or more neutral shade will be better than a brighter or extreme color that your child (and you) may grow to dislike.
Invest in a few key furniture pieces that can be repurposed over time instead of specialty pieces that can only be used for a short while. A colored rug and other removable accents are easier than changing wall to wall carpeting. Your goal is to have a simple space with a lot of potential so when the child’s interest change, you can go back to the base and adapt from there.
Customize the Little Things
Once you have the base design, it’s time to start customizing it to make it appear much more in line with their interests. This is where you can get really creative and try to match the room to the child. Lamps. posters and decorative items can go a long way to customize a space while being relatively easy to remove and replace.
This can also be a time to consider painting furniture such as desks or drawers. While this isn’t always an option, most of the time it isn’t a big deal to add a coat of paint to simple furniture items to help them better match the room. By painting the accent pieces to match the overall layout, you can make a notable change that can be redone or updated as needed.
Design With The Kids
As your kids grow, be sure to get their input too so that as you make additional changes they are in line with their interests. You don’t have to rush out and buy everything your child wants, but periodically checking in with them can gauge how happy they are with their room, what sort of changes they might be interested in and if they are outgrowing any pieces of furniture or decorations. The nature of their room is going to change over time so make sure they are a part of the conversation of how it needs to change.
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