As a child grows from baby to teen, they’re interests, needs, and wants will grow just the same. Creating a space that will evolve with your child as they go through the different ages and stages will save you lots of time, money, and the possible dreaded headaches of starting over. By choosing furniture and decor for the room that can easily be swapped out, you and your child can create a space that reflects their changing interests and personality, while you’re left with a few extra bucks in your wallet.
Let’s check out 6 ways to create a room that will take your child from baby to teen.
1. Paint Color
Gone are the days of the typical baby blue for boys and soft pink for girls. Yes, they are beautiful, serene colors for newborns, but the little ones are only in that stage for half-a-second. Think bright, engaging, fun colors like fuschia, turquoise, yellow, or tangerine, so the color can be appropriate for all the growing stages.
Combine these intense, strong colors with softer, quieter hues like gray, beige, white, or cream to create a stylish setting.
Some great color combinations for any space are:
pink/peach + green
lime green + coral + blue
deep red + royal blue
white + shades of blue
black + lime green (or tangerine), orange + gray.
Even if you have carpet (in a solid color), a rug on top further defines the space and adds more interest, plus it brings in a burst of color. Choose a rug that is soft, comfy, and has an ageless pattern. The cute, inexpensive train or car rug can then be thrown on top, but also easily stored away.
A crib in a nursery is inevitable, but other than that, no other typical baby furniture is really needed. When furniture shopping, look for items that a child can grow with. Instead of deciding on a typical changing table, look for a dresser with a flat top that a foam changing pad can be added to for the immediate, but can easily be removed later. Also, when on the search for a crib, look for one that can be converted into a twin or double sized bed. Or how about the rocker? Instead of a typical baby rocker/glider, look for a style that is comfortable, but that can also remain in a childs room as they get older. My preference for a rocker is the cushy, upholstered style.
4. Shop Sales
When it comes to smaller pieces in the space, I often hit up garage sales or estate sales. Depending on where you live, the best time of year is in the Spring, so plan ahead. I’ve been able to find plenty of side tables, chairs, and wall decor that were easily updated with a can of paint and/or new fabric to coordinate with the room decor.
5. Art Work
Kids are little Picasso’s and their artwork costs nothing. Treasure their creations by creating a montage wall of their work. You can even supply the colors so their artwork coordinates with the room. The artwork can easily be swapped out as new pieces are made.
I also love including black and white photos in kids rooms. Try candid family shots or an action shot of their favorite hobby/interest (ie: airplanes, skateboarding, ballet)
6. Wall Decor
Once you have the paint color chosen, wall decals or wall graphics are a great way to personalize the space with what they’re “into” at the moment. There are many decals available that can easily be removed without any damage to the wall. Your child can go from Thomas the Train to Star Wars to Transformers in no time! For other wall decor in the room, don’t think right now / in the moment, but instead introduce timeless items that your child would like today, as well as in 5 years.
Another way to include your childs favorite current interests, is to layer. On top of the more expensive, items-that-will-stay, add layers of what they love. Introduce inexpensive pillows, curtains, and other wall decor that can simply be swapped out next year.
Ditch the themed rooms and instead create an ageless backdrop for your childs rooms so their personalities can shine through with layers and you can save the time of redecorating in a year.
To gather more ideas on nurseries, check out this post on my blog – 25 Gorgeous Nursery Spaces. And if you have a teen in your family, this Teen Room Roundup is perfect. If you’d like to connect with me and see more of my DIY, decorating, and interior design ideas, visit me at SAS Interiors, as well Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.