If there is one characteristic that is common to every child in the world, it is that children are constantly changing their tastes and desires.
This is not an easy whim: it is a sign that a child is growing. You need to take this into account before refusing to redecorate your room but at the same time knowing that you will not be able to respond to every one of their requests (sometimes what you want is exhausting, expensive, or even impossible! ).
And children won’t always understand that.
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However, designers came up with a solution to this problem: instead of breaking your child’s heart and the amazing party that is growing up, you can opt to create a bedroom that will grow with your child. And we’re here to explain how:
Let your child do the process
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At the end of the day, it’s your room! They are the ones who will spend time in it and you must do everything possible to provide them with a comfortable and pleasant environment.
They’re the parents and have more design experience, but neglecting their desires is not a good start. You need to know your child’s values and interests and look for items that are at least equivalent to what he imagined.
Involving children in the design of a space is a powerful stimulus for creativity and makes them proud and responsible for the first time. Don’t take that away from them!
Keep the pallets neutral
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When designing your child’s first room, you will likely be tempted to choose gender-specific colors or accessories. When you’ve done that, make sure the repaint doesn’t slip out of your hands (hopefully it only slips once).
Those of you who haven’t made a final decision should go for neutral colors like gray, beige, cream, or even lavender purple (since these colors are gender neutral before anything else).
Do you still insist on gender specific guidelines? Choose light blue and “Jazz it” with warm purple rays or black and white accents.
Again, this is no guarantee that the boy will be satisfied as he grows: what if he gets up one morning and decides that his room needs to be red or brown?
The hard part about using neutral colors is the price: it sounds like a paradox, but non-flashy items cost the most in the design world. So if you happen to find a cheap but beautiful piece for your child, we refuse to make it out of date. That’s true! Getting ready!
Your type is… multifunctional!
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To create a space that can keep pace with the changing age, you need to stick to multifunctional furniture that has a purpose in both the nursery and the teenage private room.
Instead of a table, you can buy a wide office with a removable, padded mat to keep the kids entertained. Instead of a small closet, you can also use an elegantly divided chest of drawers that can accommodate both toys and clothing.
Whatever you choose, keep a small number of items, ideally so long-lasting that you would forget about them when you bought them.
Don’t underestimate the importance of storage solutions
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Children have many belongings and that is unlikely to change as they grow. Even a baby’s room needs multiple storage solutions that can hide items, prevent cluttered appearances, and accommodate other activities.
As you have already assumed, the storage space needs to be flexible and able to hold all kinds of personal items. We recommend cabinets that can be expanded with two-tier rods or smart organizers, desk cabinets, drawers or window seats (a very practical solution for the toy).
Follow the conversion trend
Furniture remodeling is very popular. The trend is towards reusing furniture instead of getting rid of it.
For example, your baby’s crib can transform into a sink or chair (even more of them!). When you remove the pad from your baby’s dresser, it can also be used for toddlers.
Sometimes it is enough to replace pillows or other bed accessories. Main rule: stay on the creative side!
Make evergreen furniture solutions
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It’s a very smart idea! The only way to keep your child from asking for new furniture every year is to choose items with classic and timeless beauty.
Let’s give an example: you chose bright pink for your little princess castle, but after just two years she says the room is childish and you had to do a full renovation to respond to her demands.
If you had chosen classic upholstery or created a transition palette from “pink to purple” for your walls, she would hardly complain about it.
Therefore, be careful when choosing furniture: choose high-quality items with classic patterns and customize them accordingly.
Look for materials that you could actually update
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This mainly relates to the choice of the appropriate floor: we recommend that you use a solid surface and change carpets if the child is bored.
Another good idea is to install FLOR carpet tiles as these come in all colors and patterns and can be easily changed as the child grows.
Provide it with high-quality articles that will last a long time
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If you’ve chosen the ever-growing room, you’re only accepting the best quality for simple furniture. You need large parts that can store all kinds of items, spacious beds for children and teenagers, lots of slamming drawers, durable items that are protected against impact, or even dimmable lighting controls.
If you do this, you will only be able to make minor and modest changes in the future (new pools of drawers for the dressers, neutral seat covers for the chairs, etc.). The best part is that your child has a say in every single renovation.
Consider the items that need to be replaced and choose them accordingly
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Give your child some space to experiment and let them know that not everything in the room is an object that you won’t jump on that object. In this way you increase the child’s creativity and prevent them from feeling like complete strangers in their own place. The best way to do this is to incorporate objects that are easy to replace:
- Crafts, pillows, collections, shelves, posters, etc.
- Inspirational art collections
- Photos in playful frames
As you can see, you can create a great design team with your kids and turn the whole design experience into a fun trip that will save your budget at the same time.
Decorate for easy maintenance
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Even the most meticulous teenagers get messy at times. Chaos and objects used chaotically are personal danger marks on the territory of a child.
Therefore, before decorating the children’s room, you need to make maintenance plans. Make your life easier and choose low-pile carpets, dry-washed curtains or hard-wearing wood for the floors.
Consider studying places that will inspire you
Since their youngest age, children have defined a quiet corner where they can paint, draw or read in adulthood. Once they get to school, the place turns into a study area where they can read and do their homework without being disturbed.
This special feature must be present in every child’s room and be designed in such a way that it becomes more creative.
It can be a desk in your favorite color, a comfortable rocking chair or a floor cushion with your favorite poster on top. Whatever you do, make sure the child is impressed with how well you got to know their desires.
Keep it simple
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Simplicity is difficult to achieve in the nursery when you consider what toys, clothes, devices or posters they cannot live with.
The point here is to keep the basic furniture simple and streamlined so that the space is freshened up just by replacing the accessories.
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In a children’s world you cannot rely on constancy. Today they have a single favorite color, but tomorrow they have five (unnecessary to take part in a favorite hero discussion).
Why would you expect your room preferences to be an exception to this rule? Be ready for the craziest ideas and most importantly: stay open to their wishes.
Choosing a room that is growing at the same pace as your child is the best choice you have. Also, in such a room, you can always appreciate your child’s personality, and that is the most important thing.