When you’re little ones make their way into the home it’s fun to plan their rooms, pick out paint and decor and giggle and snuggle your way through the years. And then they grow up. What do you do when they grow out of the beautiful and fun room you made for them? Do you start all over? Can you make small changes?
The truth is, it’s all doable and depends on your preferences, budget and child’s personality. So let’s look at the options you’ve got to consider and see from there what are the most important things to change and the best way to change them for you and your child!
Big kid furniture. As you child gets older, his bed and other furniture should have a more mature look and feel to it. You could invest in an armoire to organize and hide clothes, a television and a gaming system or a nice organizing unit for books, music and hobbies. Installing built ins can also hold your child's growing clothing collection, or serve as a space to display favorite toys.
Fun floors. Your baby probably loved crawling around in the comfort of thick flooring, but as your child has gotten old, it's probably time for some hardwood floors and and area rug for both a more mature look but also for easier cleaning or even a great space to play with dolls, legos, cards or games.
Window reading. As your child begins wanting to spend more time in his room, a window seat can add instant seating and comfort to his space. If you don't already have a bay window to convert into seating, have our contractors build a long bench-style seat along the wall near the window. You can also double the space as a storage for toys, blankets and off-season clothing.
Fresh new colors. Sure, they’ll always be your baby, but they don't have to live with powder blue or pastel yellow walls forever. Choose calming yet vibrant earth tones that can follow them into their teen years as well. Also, you may want to try using blackboard paint to create a drawing wall, or adding borders to add a splash of color to neutral tan or cream-colored walls.
Light and Bright: Lights set the mood for everything with kids from fun to sleep. If your child has trouble sleeping, it may be wise to change the lighting in the room. Have an electrician place the room light on a dimmer to leave a dull golden glow on in the evening. Or, choose a fun outlet-mounted nightlight to give the child a sense of security at night. A bedside lamp can also make your little one feel more comfortable in his room by himself.
Living and learning: Create an interactive learning area in the child's bedroom either as a space in the room or simply at a desk. Stock the area with fun and educational activities and tools such as blocks, adding tools, paper, art supplies, puzzles and multi-sensory fun.
Store smart. They’re growing, they’re getting more things and you don’t necessarily want to get rid of things quite yet. So expand your storage space by using the ceiling. Hang netting above the bed to store soft toys or mount flower-hanging hooks to the ceiling to hang vertical, soft-sides storage units. These modern storage devices are perfect for clothes and lightweight toys.
In the end, it’s about being creative and knowing your child. Talk to them and see what they want to have in the room and then go from there. Whatever the age and stage, the contractors at Unique Home Building are here to support your family in it's growth and development. Let us know how we can help in your next project!