Designing a kids’ room seems easy enough, but designing a room that grows with them isn’t. Children are constantly changing their interests and passions, moving from one favorite to another. Designing their room to reflect these likes and dislikes constantly while they grow is not feasible, especially financially. While it is not possible to future proof your child’s bedroom, there are still ways you can create a space that works for them and you.
Use a light color palette
Choosing to paint your nursery or child’s room in a light color has several advantages. Lighter walls reflect more sunlight, which creates a positive environment for those who use it. Lighter walls also pair easily with other elements and is easier to repaint over the years compared to a darker one. However, a light colored room does not mean a plain one. Use pops of colors, murals or wallpapers based on their likings over small areas of the wall. A chalkboard finish can also be applied here to provide an outlet for their creativity or help them be organized. These areas will create a focal point while also requiring only a smaller part of the wall to be redone when need be.
Make deliberate furniture choices
Instead of quickly putting together furniture that seems to work for the child at the time, take time to think about their current and future needs. When it comes to choosing the right furniture, look for pieces that serve multiple purposes. A bench with storage is always useful as is having a seating that can be pulled out into an extra bed for when their friends visit. Wardrobes and raised beds that provide slots for tables save on space in the rooms, especially if there are multiple children. Opt for furniture that ages well to avoid replacing it when trends change.
Always keep extra storage
While it’s easy to think that children may not require much storage space, the reality is quite different. Keep a few storage bins around for toddlers, and allot storage space under beds or in wardrobes to account for a vast array of passions, from sports to reading to games.
Choose accessories that display the child’s passions and interests and make sure to create adequate display space for them. A wide variety of colors and textures can be used here, especially for younger children as this helps in their development. Over time, let the children choose their own items to add their personality and flair to the room, and turn it into something they love.
When selecting the items that go into your child’s room, opt for safe pieces. Furniture should always have rounded corners, especially if the child is young. Flooring materials should be adequately soft and easy to clean, like linoleum. Glass and other easily breakable surfaces should be avoided at all costs. Look for surfaces that can be easily cleaned, even with paints and wallpapers. Use soft close hinges on drawers and wardrobes, and ensure that the items used are strong and sturdy.