Clever Kids’ Room Makeover Ideas for Every Stage
Just when you think you’ve got a solid understanding of what your child likes, she turns a corner, discards a favorite color, grows a few more inches, and reaches a new plateau in her wants and needs. While these types of changes are to be expected as you raise your children, keeping up with their room decor and design to reflect their growing tastes can be a challenge. These kids’ room makeover ideas will make the transition easier as your little ones grow from preschoolers to teenagers.
Step 1: Make Updates Easy
One of the best ways to keep up with your children’s room decor is to choose soft, neutral colors for the walls and furniture, and make updates in accessories like bedding, curtains, rugs, and artwork along the way. You can decide to update the paint color when your child gets a little older, and she can actively participate in both choosing a color and helping with the project.
As your child gets older, both of you will want to update the decor in his or her bedroom.
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Step 2: Designate Activity Spaces
If you don’t have a designated space for activities (and find that your living room has turned into a jungle of kids’ toys, arts, crafts, and the wayward sock), you might want to create an activity space in your child’s room that’s inviting and engaging.
Take a page from elementary school teachers, who set up different areas of their classroom to better manage their students: think about creating a colorful and easy-to-access play area, dressing area, reading area, and sleeping area.
A fun bed will make your preschooler’s bedtime routine easier, while large storage containers can help keep toys organized.
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Wall decals are an excellent way to delineate spaces and maintain a cohesive look throughout the room. Choose a decal that depicts playful, familiar characters for an activity area, and simple labels like “Sweet dreams” and “Dressing Room” for the bed and dressing areas.
You can then anchor your activities area with a plush, colorful rug, kids-size table and chairs, and a softly lit pendant light or small chandelier. You don’t need a ton of space to pull this off. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at this stage, it’s fun for your preschooler to choose what he wants to play. Organize the area with easily accessible picture books (facing out), puzzles, buckets of crayons, chalk, washable markers, and large construction paper, with a few child-sized bean bags lining the wall.
Step 3: Change Themes Yearly With Your Tween
Childhood is all about discovering interests and learning new things. It might sound like a ton of work to make updates yearly, but if you’re simply changing out bedding and artwork, it’s a fun, fast project that’s sure to make your child happy.
If your son’s into comic book heroes, you can update the space with a bedspread and curtains to match. You can also get the latest movie posters and hang them in the room. If your daughter is fascinated by the solar system, you can invest in a glow-in-the-dark ceiling constellation, a starter telescope, and the year’s star chart calendar.
Step 4: Create a Study and Lounge Space for Your Teen
Teens are in the process of becoming independent, so you may want to allow your child to lead the way in updating the decor. A lounge area, where your teen can wind down after a long day of school and activities, is important.
For simple updates:
- Use fringe or strung beads as a fresh way to differentiate spaces
- Choose interesting seating, like hanging chairs
- Purchase black-out curtains for your teen who loves hitting the snooze button on the weekends
If you have more time and a larger budget, you may want to hire a professional to paint a relaxing blue sky with clouds on the ceiling or a large-scale painting on a focal wall. When you put a little bit of extra effort into your kids’ room makeover, you can create an age-appropriate oasis.
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