Your child may never fathom outgrowing Spongebob, but you know differently. Designing a room for your child that grows smoothly along with him or her can be a great challenge. Keeping a few simple tips in mind will help you create a personally expressive, attractive space that can last from age seven to seventeen.
1. Gender Neutral Neutrals
Forget the typical pastels and primary colors. Instead, choose a sophisticated neutral such as a crisp white, soft gray, putty tone, or even a diluted violet for a serene and versatile palette. These colors make for a flexible color scheme that allows you to swap in and out furniture and accessories. If your child is set on pink, try using a shade such as salmon or watermelon rather than the predictable Barbie pink. If their mind is set on blue, try a deep navy for a look that is crisp and a bit more grown-up.
Infuse bright colors your child chooses into accents such as art, comforters, throw pillows, lamps, etc. These items are less expensive and easier to replace as your child grows and their tastes change.
2. Skip the Kiddie Furniture
Children’s furnishings have turned away from character themes. Instead, they’re following design trends seen throughout the rest of the home. Parents are opting for a more sophisticated look; one that looks good for their children’s room, but also look great when the kids leave and they want to use the furniture in guest rooms.
3. Remember, Kids will be Kids
Plan on easy to clean hard surfaces and fully washable, not just spot-cleanable, soft surfaces throughout the room. Indoor/outdoor fabrics are a great option for children’s rooms because of their impressive durability.
4. Go Green
In addition to creating a beautiful room, create a healthy room. Choose paints, finishes, and furniture with no VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) or Formaldehyde. Respiratory, allergic or immune effects in infants and children have associated with these and other indoor air pollutants. A LEED Accredited Interior Designer is a great resource for understanding the many sustainable options available today.
How are you decorating your children’s rooms?