3 Ways to Upgrade Your Kid’s Room
When it comes to interior design, children’s rooms are especially challenging. For starters, they outgrow their beds, closets, desks, and chairs painfully fast. In one moment, they’re little toddlers who require safety bumpers on every sharp corner and shelves installed high enough to escape their sticky reach. Then you blink, and they’re mini teenagers who need a larger bookshelf and a rack to hang all their sports medals.
Not only do they grow physically, but their personalities grow and evolve, as well. Preferences change faster than you can say “that was so last year” and suddenly the pink ballerina décor your little girl begged for now offends your up-and-coming tomboy. Sound familiar? You’re not alone.
Parents want to give children the bedroom of their dreams but are incentivized to design on a budget knowing that they’ll likely have to repeat the process in just a few years. So how you upgrade you’re little one’s space without breaking the bank? Here are a few suggestions!
Choose a Whimsical Theme
If you want to transform a boring room with blank walls into a bedroom full of excitement and adventure, choosing a theme is the best way! Do they have a favorite type of animal? Maybe an elephant-themed room is the way to go. Need decorating ideas for the little explorer? From solar systems to starry nights, hot air balloon rides to rain forest expeditions, there are endless murals you can choose from to act as the focal point of the room.
The great news is that many of these stick-on vinyl decals are friendly on your wallet and easy to apply. When your child moves onto their next obsession, gently peel it off the wall and it’ll leave no trace behind! This option is much cheaper and faster than repainting the entire room with your kid’s new favorite color of the month.
Modify Existing Furniture
Once you decide what theme to roll with, see if you can make any of the existing furniture work with the new direction. These are the most expensive features in any room, so there’s really no need to go out with the old unless it actually is old, outdated, or too small.
For example, maybe your child decides they’re no longer interested in the kid’s bunk bed they begged for last Christmas. Rather than getting rid of a gorgeous piece of Liberty Furniture, maybe you can turn it into a treehouse and make it home to all of his or her stuffed animal friends! Or, try placing their desk beneath the top bunk along with their essential school supplies; they’ll have a productive nook to focus on their homework, while freeing up space elsewhere that can be used to play with all their favorite toys.
Keep in mind, staining or painting the wood on your kid’s furniture is also a cost-effective way to make a space feel like new! Have a little surfer dude who want to feel like he’s at the beach? Benjamin Moore stains can be tinted into any color you want, allowing you to transform a white bedframe into aged driftwood or an ordinary nightstand into a deep blue ocean.
Get creative! The only limit is your (and your kid’s!) imagination.
Make DIY Decorations
We love arts and crafts at my house, but sometimes, there’s no great place to put the latest popsicle stick masterpiece. This idea is great because it gives you and the kids something to do while also serving a functional design purpose!
Do a quick search on the internet and you’ll find hundreds of examples you can choose from. Easter is right around the corner—why not make some DIY unicorn eggs that can be placed in your daughter’s room while you prepare for Peter Cottontails arrival? If you’re decorating for a boy with dreams of becoming an astronaut when he grows up, create out-of-this-world planets to hang from the ceiling using Styrofoam, string, and some paint.
Whether you’re looking for ways to spend time at home during this coronavirus pandemic, or you have a prince or princess who deserves a regal upgrade in time for their next big birthday, use these ideas for some cost-effective inspiration! What are your favorite interior design tips? Share them in the comments below!