When you’re ready to decorate your child’s nursery or room, it’s easy to get wrapped up in all the fun, colorful and cute products available for babies and children. I’m not saying to avoid decorating altogether, I’m just advising against spending thousands of dollars on elements of your child’s room that will only be age-appropriate for a few years. Take a look at my tips for creating a transitional children’s room, below:
Choose a solid, neutral wall color and change out wall accents. Rather than painting the walls bright pink or whatever other color, choose a neutral paint color and add visual interest with changeable elements. If you’d like to include a fun, patterned wallpaper, install it in the top 1/3 of the wall. Another option is to place removable stickers or decals on the wall.
If you’re a DIYer, the possibilities are endless. Check places like Craigslist, Kijiji and Freecycle free or inexpensive case goods (wardrobes, dressers, bookcases) that you can easily change to suit your décor. Simple changes like re-painting the furniture pieces you find will make them work better in your child’s room. The beauty of customizing furniture in this way is that you can always change the color again later, when your child grows older (and perhaps no longer likes purple or pink). Changing out the hardware is another quick change that is really effective for transitioning the space from child’s to a young adult’s room. If you’d rather invest in a few key pieces of new furniture, key scale in mind. A short, half-height bookcase works well for allowing children to easily reach boxes of toys and books. As your child grows older, you can still use this bookcase, and increase storage by adding wall shelves above it.
photo source: http://projectnursery.com/projects/ellie-beas-room/
This dresser is a great piece of furniture, which can be used for years. I like how the top is converted in to a change table with just a few easy-to-find items.
What may be used as a comfortable place to nurse early in your child’s life, can be used as a relaxing reading spot in later years. Rather than upholstering the chair in a patterned fabric, use a throw cushion instead. The amount of fabric you’ll need to re-cover a cushion is minimal, and much less costly than re-covering an entire chair to transition the room.
photo source: http://torispelling.com/blog/post/behind-the-design-finn-s-nursery
Blinds work well to keep out light, but they can seem a bit stark and impersonal. One way to transition a room is to change out the curtains, which I would recommend hanging in front of a set of blinds. This will create a more welcome, warm space and another place to add color and personality, not to mention extra light-blockage. You can see that there are many ways to create a fun and functional children’s room that can transition to a young adult’s room, without spending a fortune on a complete re-decoration project.