Your son or daughter might not ask you to update their bedroom because “interior design” falls behind “vegetables” on their list of interests, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t need attention!

3 Tips to Timeless Design in Kids’ Rooms
  1.  Don’t go crazy with their current interests.

Fads come and go and interests change as your kid grows.  Incorporate their love with easy to change accessories.

Whatever superhero, cartoon, musical group, book/movie or sports team your kid is obsessed with right now, by all means support their interest.  When it comes to the design of their room we recommend treading lightly on these trends.

It’s easy to walk into a department store and feel like you hit the parent-of-the-year jackpot when you purchase their entire bedroom set with their favorite character on all surfaces!  But what about next year, or the next 5 years?

Your child already has accessories of their favorite thing (toys, posters, clothes).  Let their favorite thing live as an accessory: clothes & toys they’ll grow out of, posters that can be easily swapped out.

Try capturing an aspect of their favorite thing to highlight; is there a dominant color, an overall theme (magic, adventure/travel, music, etc.)?  Use that as inspiration or a jump off point for a timeless design.

Neutral Nursery

  1. Push the functionality of the space.

    Consider an update that will help them get ready for their day, study, play, or sleep.  There are design decisions that can push those functions, making them more enjoyable.

    Questions to ask to take functionality up a notch:

    What organization system is needed to make getting ready for the day a smoother process?

    What colors, lighting, or layout will increase focus in the homework area?

    How can we make playtime more joyful through design?  How can we make play-time clean up a breeze?

    Can we create a peaceful sleeping sanctuary through fabric choice, lighting, and sound control?
    *Blackout shades with sound barrier drapes are especially valuable when your baby has a sick day.

  2. Consider how you want your child to feel in their room.

    We believe design (or lack of design) in an environment has an effect on psychology and that certain colors & textures evoke certain emotions.

    Kids are colorful creatures by nature; using too many colors can create a hectic, busy, room that makes it hard for kids to wind down and for adults to look at.

    This is their childhood bedroom; how do you want them to remember it?  List some emotions you want to foster in their environment: happy, playful, focused, comfortable, peaceful, energized, rested, etc.  Think about this list as you put together the bigger picture.

    The thoughtful combination of design elements (colors, textures, lighting, layout) will create the desired mood/vibe.  This tip requires some deep thinking because if you want them to enjoy their room for several years, it needs to feel good now and in the future.

Our designers would be happy to help you explore these tips further.  Call us for a free 15 minute phone consultation today, or write us a Facebook message describing your situation.

Every child is unique, every home is different, so these guidelines can only provide so much general advice.  The idea is to do their room right one time, and only make minor changes as they grow to save you some dough!

Stuffed Animal Fireplace

Photos courtesy of House and Garden


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