There’s nothing worse than having your kid demand a bright pink room at the age of seven, then demand it all to be white when they’re fourteen. With kid’s taste levels changing at the drop of a hat, it can be difficult to decorate their room so that they won’t grow out of it too fast.
Luckily, there are a few ways you can design and decorate your kid’s room so it’s age-friendly; letting them add a splash of their growing minds in it, without having to repaint the walls or upgrading the furniture every couple of months.
Start With A Clean Slate
A great way to keep your room as age-friendly as possible, is by sticking to neutral wall colours. White is a classic colour to paint your little one’s room, as there’s so much room for creativity in other places. White is a great way to make a bedroom look bigger and brighter, and it goes with everything. No matter what you’re kid is into at the time, the white will flatter it and make everything look brighter.
However, if your kid is begging you for colour, you can opt for painting a feature wall. A feature wall is a eat way to add life and vibrancy to your blank canvas room. Stick to colours with cool undertones, as they keep the room light and fresh, rather than making it look smaller. It is also a good idea to paint a single wall, rather than all four, as it will be easier to remove if your kid changes their mind later down the line.
Let Your Kids Take The Wheel
It’s important to also listen to your child. If they enjoy sports, dinosaurs or fluffy unicorns, take inspiration from their passions and incorporate them into the decorations. Print out pictures of what they love and frame them. Not only is this a relatively cheap option, it also is an easy decoration to remove if they get bored with that particular interest. Go shopping with your child and let them show you what they love. Once they’ve picked things, you can think of ways to make them yourself, or find alternatives to their favourite things. If they want a bright blue poster of Batman, you can get them to draw Batman themselves, and you can frame it for their room. Get creative and let your kids design something! It’s a great way to let them paint or create what they love, and you get to keep a beautiful piece of art afterwards.
Let The Bed Make A Statement
When you start with a blank canvas room, you can decorate it however your little one wants you to, without having to break out the paint tins a couple of months down the line. When it comes to picking a bed, choosing a king single bed is a great option. It allows them to grow into the bed without needing to purchase a new one every time they have a growth spurt. You can choose a plain and simple bed design, and go crazy with the quilt and doona covers. Opting for a bright doona cover is a cheap and easy way to let your kid’s personality shine through, and when they grow older and begin to like something different, you can change it easily!
...Or Let Part Of The Bed Make The Statement
Of course, if your kids are past the age where they are growing every two minutes, you can opt for just a headboard. They’re a great alternative to buying a bed frame, since they may wish to upgrade to a larger size mattress or bed size as they get older. If they’re asking for a bigger sized mattress because there’s is getting a bit old, you can always go for a new mattress topper; they offer great back and neck support for your kid, without having to buy a whole new mattress. Headboards come in a great range of colours and sizes, so you can let them choose something that they like, without compromising the room’s design.
Add Age-Friendly Accessories
Accessorising your kid’s room is an ideal way to keep the room age-friendly. If you have concrete or wooden floors, pick a fun rug that expresses their favourite colour, which can be easily changed later on. You can also add artwork, toys, cushions, tables and chairs that are easy to remove or replace. Add a desk that will allow them to grow into, as well as a neutral wardrobe that has enough room for a school uniform and spare clothes.
Teenagers often will put posters on their walls, and even though they say they’ll love One Direction forever, the time will come when they take the posters down and put something different up. This is why painting the walls neutral colours is a great way to keep the room age-friendly; they won’t want a hot pink or navy blue room forever.
It doesn’t matter how you style your kid’s room, but if you start with a blank canvas, and let your little ones take the reigns a bit, not only will they have a completely fun and unique room that shows off their personality, but it also gives them to room to grow and adapt as they get older.