When you have children, people keep telling you that time flies. You can doubt it as much as you want when you wake up from a never-ending night, but it is true. It does fly. You wake up one morning and your baby has grown. He became a little child who wants to express himself. He wants to choose his own clothes and he wants his room painted blue with a bed cover of his most recent superhero. So there we are, lets get the brushes and start painting!
From baby to child
As you probably know, the starting point of room decorating is usually the bedding. Therefore, the ideal moment to freshen up your child’s décor is probably when you change the bed. The bedding set of your crib is not adapted to the big bed so you will need a new set. Take this opportunity to choose new colors, more saturated than the usual baby pastel. Your child will probably have a few suggestions concerning the color and theme of his room. Do not hesitate to take it into account.
Your baby has grown but there still are a few precautions to take if you want the room to be beautiful and practical. Here are a few tips:
- Use decoration items with moderation. They will have a hard time with your little explorer or with Miss Princess. Trinkets and mountains of pillows on the bed are not appropriate at that age.
- Let your child participate. He is at an age when his need for assertion is very present. Letting him decide of a few things will strengthen his sense of autonomy. However, be careful in the way you ask questions. It is better to let him choose between various options than to ask an open question. (For example: “Do you prefer a pink or an orange room?” rather than “What color would you like for your room?”)
- Choose a washable bed cover. During potty training, it is a must. The same goes for the cushions and curtains.
- It is time to add hooks and accessories that make it easier for him to get dressed. The same goes for toys, put the boxes at his height.
- Use a washable type of paint.
From child to preteen
Preadolescence, around the end of elementary school, is a transitional age. Your child claims loud and clear that he is no longer a baby. Even if he looks like a child, he feels like a teen. Here are a few tips for his room:
- If the bed stays the same, you will probably have to buy a desk for his homework.
- To renew the appearance of the bed, add a headboard. It can be padded, painted on the wall, made with an old wooden door or a large frame.
- For girls, try to set up a dressing space with a mirror and storage for accessories.
- While last time you were starting off with a theme (princess, frogs, cars, sports,etc.), this time, you start with a style (vintage, modern, country, etc.)
- You can know choose accessories that are decorative rather than practical. Dare to use cushions and picture frames.
- Bright and dynamic colors are cool. Use them as accessories if you think that your child (or yourself) will get bored with it. That way, you can change colors without changing everything again.