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Children's Rooms Through the Years

 

Here are some tips on changing room decorations over the years.

Nursery

  • The key to longevity is keeping the essentials basic (e.g., beds, dressers, side tables) and decorating with temporary things. For example: White or mint-colored walls provide a basic pastel backdrop; you can then swap out knickknacks, wall photos and mobiles as your child grows up.
  • You can choose a theme or add a few prints and patterns in places, such as with the bed linens.
  • Keep colors gender neutral so your children can vary how masculine and feminine they want to decorate as they grow up, or easily swap rooms with a sibling.
  • Monochrome themes are sleek, but make it interesting with varied textures, wood accents and fun wallpapers.
  • Storage boxes are a must for storing baby care supplies and, later, toys. Consider buying a vintage or secondhand dresser for decorative storage.

Child's room

  • Involve your child: Bring in his or her favorite colors, hobbies and inspirations! Think of how to incorporate travels, comics, celebrity role models and your kid's dreams.
  • Swap out baby accessories for items for older kids.
  • Keep things simple; kids love to change their minds, so let their decorations bring the color and texture to the room.
  • Removable wall stickers let your kid change the walls easily and inexpensively.
  • A bedside light will let a child read before going to sleep and help him or her find the bathroom in the middle of the night.
  • Drape some string lights across the room for a cozy look.
  • When there are multiple kids to a room, keep the walls and furniture simple to reduce visual clutter; bring out each person's distinct personality but aim for complementary designs.
  • Storage is a must: Keep it at the edge of the room and leave space in the center for play. To encourage kids' tidiness, ensure storage is nearby and at their height.
  • Here are some fun features most kids love: a blackboard wall, a loft bedroom (if possible) or glow-in-the-dark painted stars on the ceiling.
  • Let your kids help out in the decorating; afterwards, they'll love their rooms!

Teen's room

  • A desk is a necessity for studying, as well as a place to spend free time online.
  • Storage is still essential, so make sure it's something he or she wants to use.
  • Give your teen display space for pictures, postcards and collections — peel-and-stick cork is inexpensive and easy to use.

Personal space is important, so let your teen decorate after you install the basic furniture.

 
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