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Decorate a Room That Will Grow with Your Child

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A child’s bedroom isn’t just a place to sleep – it’s a place to work, play and express themselves. But as anyone with kids knows, their tastes can change at the drop of a hat, and as they grow up, it can get expensive!

The rules of decorating a child’s room are a little different from the rest of the house, but by keeping a few simple tips in mind, you can keep your kids’ personalities front and centre as they grow up – without spending a fortune.

Girl's Bedroom

Have Fun with Paint

Conventional decorating wisdom says that a neutral backdrop is best and then you can add color with accessories. True story. But in a child’s room this isn’t always the best advice to follow. Kids tend to express themselves with color, so don’t worry about resale value too much and let them choose whatever color they want. When they change their mind in a year or two (or if you decide to sell the house), repainting a single room isn’t such a big deal.

Long-Lasting Furniture

One of the biggest mistakes people make (from a financial perspective) is to purchase “children’s” furniture. Sure, they look cute at the time, but if you don’t want to have to replace everything in a few years, stick with simple furniture that will stay relevant through the teenage years. This means regular-size beds with quality mattresses that will still be comfortable after they’ve grown a few feet, and cupboards and armoires that can accommodate adult-size clothing.

Myah McGillivray Bedroom

Removable Elements

The key to managing a child’s evolving tastes is to decorate with easy-to-change items. So if you want to an exciting feature wall or mural, opt for a peel and stick wallpaper that can come right off. Bedding, window treatments and accessories are other things that are easy to change and are available at all sorts of price points.

Pick Broad Themes

Theme rooms can be dangerous because children’s tastes change so quickly. A jungle theme they love one day, they may scoff at the next. Generally it’s best not to go with a really specific theme, but if you do, make it something that can be easily adapted. Go for colors that represent the theme, and then add the specifics through accessories. Meaning no beds carved in the shape of trees or Astroturf carpets.

Kids study space with desk

Activity Station

Bedrooms aren’t just for sleeping, and over the years chances are pretty good that a lot of homework and other activities will get done. A desk or activity station with a good work surface and a comfortable, sturdy chair are elements that will stay relevant until they grow up and move out..

Smart Storage

One thing that will never go out of style is smart storage. Whether you’re decorating for a 5-year-old or a 12-year-old, make sure you’re thinking about long-term storage solutions. Shelving, armoires, quality storage baskets, and bins are all items that can help keep your child organized and will last for many years to come.

Myah Study area

Photos courtesy of HGTV.ca’s Moving the McGillivrays, iStockphoto.com/piovesempre (neutral bedroom), KatarzynaBialasiewicz (jungle bedroom).

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