We all want to create a charming space for our little ones to play and grow. But it can be difficult to decide on a design that’s playful enough without going overboard on your child’s current obsession (think: My Little Pony or Spiderman-themed wallpaper). So how do you design a bedroom that your kid will love and that also stands the test of time? Here are six ideas for a playful, yet stylish space that will grow with your kids as they age.
1. Less is more
Keep it simple. Select wall colors, furniture, and fixtures that are timeless. Create a neutral canvas that you can build on for years to come. Since kids’ rooms fill up fast with art, books, and toys, you’ll be glad that the room’s base is minimal.
2. Play with themes
Choose a color scheme that’s fun but still suits the rest of your home. Maybe use one of your child’s favorite hobbies or animals as a subtle theme. Stick to your main color scheme or theme as you select paint colors, furniture, pillows and bedspreads, and décor accents.
3. Incorporate patterns and textures
An easy way to bring personality to their bedroom? Fun wallpaper! If you’re interested in using patterns but don’t want to commit to covering every wall with wallpaper, add a playful touch through textiles. Picking a textured bedspread, adding patterned pillows or wall prints, choosing a statement light fixture … the options are endless!
4. Consider a work-play space
No matter your child’s age, a table or desk is a must. Give them a multi-purpose surface where their creativity can run wild — a spot for coloring, painting, homework, or even socializing with siblings and friends.
5. Update décor as they age
As your children grow up and their taste changes, revamp their space with new decorations. Swap out bedding, artwork, lamp shades, bedside décor, etc. to bring new character to the space.
6. Make the most of storage
Under-the-bed storage, dressers, bookshelves, baskets, and bins are a great way to minimize clutter by making sure everything has a place. When designing a space for your child, consider where you might store books, arts and crafts supplies, clothing, school items, and personal belongings — and ensure the frequently used items are easy to access.