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How To Design And Decorate A Kids’ Room That Grows With Them

Designing a kids’ bedroom and then decorating it aptly is both a time consuming and costly affair. While there are many inspirations around that allow you to create amazing rooms that range from the nursery to the teen bedroom, the idea of redecorating and redoing the room once every 2-4 years is not very appealing to most of us. And to be very honest, many of us also lack the resources to create those picture-perfect rooms that look so pretty in the catalog! The solution here is to craft a kids’ bedroom that grows along with them and stays relevant till the first day of college arrives!

by Imagine Living

Creating a truly timeless kids’ room that evolves with them is not too hard, and you need not worry about just sticking them with an adult room and asking them to suck it up. (Which is what many of us got as kids!) You can still give an amazing bedroom that they will cherish throughout their formative years and enjoy as annoying teens who seem to answer in single-syllable and incomprehensible abbreviations! Here is your guide to that timeless kids’ bedroom –

1. Picking a Classy Color Palette

When you have a little one around the house, time often flies by, and the one thing constant is constant change! How many times do you remember picking a gift for your child, only to find out that his latest interest changed over the weekend thanks to a whole new commercial? Decorating a kids’ bedroom is no different. To create a room that grows with the kid, give it room for evolving with time. Start off by using a sophisticated and elegant color scheme that mainly contains neutral colors. Stick to two or three shades and do not overwhelm the room with brightly colored paint.

by EM Design Interiors

by Tracy A. Davis

While most parents might feel that this makes the room boring, what it really does is provide you with a blank canvas on which you can paint any picture of your choice. A classy color scheme does not mean a lack of color. Blue and red for a boys’ bedroom or pink and white for a girls’ bedroom can seem both exciting and cool at the same time.

by Lucy and Company

2. A Trendy Compromise on Decor

Do not fill the room with kid-sized decor if you are looking to create a flexible bedroom that will grow along with the little one. Sure, a race car bed or a princess-themed fairy tale-style bed looks great this year. But soon the novelty wears off and even your kid is going to find it boring. Invest in a decent quality bed that can be converted into a larger piece with time. These days, you can even get convertible cribs that can be transformed into teen beds if needed! One of the best pieces of advice we ever heard was “Only the rich can afford to buy cheap”. And it’s spot on!

Quality decor that can multitask is a must for timeless kids’ rooms. You can even buy some amazing iconic decor items that will look great in the kids’ room and will also serve the rest of the house in a stylish fashion. The Capri Bottle Lamp by Jonathan Adler, the Bubble Chair or even the Pumpkin Chair by Pierre Paulin are just a few of the many options on offer. Bring in decor that is a compromise between what you like and what your little one wants.

3. Fun Switchable Accents

Modern science proves the fact that kids get bored far more easily than adults, as their brains are designed to learn at a faster pace and to take in as much as possible. Even if you invest a ton of time and money into creating a stunning bedroom, soon they will find it mundane. Instead, opt for the neutral backdrop as suggested above and play around with accent hues. A cool grey backdrop looks lovely in the boys’ bedroom when coupled with exciting reds, relaxing blues and sports-inspired greens. An all-white backdrop in the girls’ bedroom with hot pink accents and fashionable purples presents a rich and glamorous look.


4. Toys, Accessories and Textiles

Whenever designing a room or renovating your house, we always believe it is best to take a layered approach. Instead of looking at the room as a whole, it is best to split it up into different layers and then tackle each one individually. In the case of the kids’ bedroom, the accessories, toys and other fancy additions make up the last part of the jigsaw puzzle. They also present you with the easiest way to refresh the bedroom periodically without breaking the bank. For instance, you can simply add some superhero-inspired bedding to a fairly sophisticated room to give it a whimsical look.

by Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs

When it comes to the girls’ bedroom, the same approach can be used by adding some Disney princess-themed sheets and pillow covers. You can swap these out without any effort over time and give the room a fresh new look. A similar approach to toys, wallpaper and posters also helps transform the ambiance of the room instantly without much fuss.

by Hide & Sleep Interior Design

5. Geometric Patterns and Animal Prints

There has been a considerable spurt in the use of geometric patterns, elegant stripes and animal prints in the kids’ bedroom over the last few years. The trend makes perfect sense, as these chic patterns give the room a playful look while ensuring that they serve as vibrant teen and adult rooms down the line. Stripes, chevron patterns and wallpaper with intricate prints are as much a part of the adult world as they are of the children’s universe. It is this flexibility that makes them great for a timeless kids’ room.

by Jute Interior Design

In the case of girls, floral prints are a popular choice. But make sure you pick a style and pattern that is not too childish, and over time, add simple changes in the other accessories around it to make sure the bedroom adapts to adult needs. You can still incorporate a wall decal or two that your kid really loves in the corner and do away with it over time without a great deal of effort.

by Shirley Meisels

6. Rethink the Storage Options

If there is one room in the house that needs some extra storage, it is the kids’ bedroom. But instead of just buying those toy boxes, why not use some cool wicker baskets, or even a wall-mounted bookshelf for storage and display? We are pretty sure your child won’t have strong preferences about storage boxes as long as he has his toys, and woven baskets will serve him well beyond the age of 8 or 9. A bookshelf is also a valuable addition that will last a lifetime. An upholstered bedroom bench with storage or even a trundle bed could also get the job done for years to come.

by Anthology Interiors

by elle design

Sure, you still have to change the textiles, swap out the pillow covers and maybe alter the wall decal once every year or two. But that is a lot less work than redoing the whole room. So, is the kids’ bedroom in your house designed to evolve with time?

Sherry Nothingam

Sherry is a blogger who loves to live her life to the fullest. She enjoys everything associated with design, décor and stylish modern trends. Born in California, Sherry has grown up on open ranches and in a wild setting, which has defined her taste for design and developed her interest in examining how structures and homes interact with the beauti[...]

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