Each bedroom in the home should meet the needs and reflect the style of its inhabitants. If you have children, their rooms will be their world, so it’s important to create a place that inspires them as they grow and change. Children’s rooms are the one place in a home where their own personalities can shine brightly. Give them an opportunity to make good design choices!
Kids’ rooms can be a challenge to decorate and just as frustrating to organize. Especially boys’ rooms. Let’s face it, their tastes and favorites seem to change all the time. One minute they are into superheroes, the next they are dinosaur hunters. But, I am a mom on a budget (and yes, I am a little bit picky about what my house looks like, even my kids’ rooms). Realistically, I don’t have the time to devote to changing my child’s room all the time. We have three kids so I have to keep my priorities or I’d be redecorating to keep up with the popular cartoons or fads all the time.
Besides that, I think we also need to teach our children to live responsibly. Any way you look at it, redecorating every year or two is really wasteful. There are children in the world who don’t have food to eat, so I just feel we need to teach our kids to be satisfied, rather than always wanting more, better and new things. Hmmm, good lesson for me too. I know from personal experience that a baby nursery is a special thing to a mom, but once the child outgrows the baby phase, it is time to start thinking about a room with more staying power.
I always gave my children decorating choices I could live with, so their rooms were tasteful but still reflected their own personality. Too many options can be overwhelming for a child, so simplifying to two or three good choices empowers them to be decisive. I believe this approach taught each of my children appreciation for good design, encouraged their own artistic ability, and gave them a sense of ownership and pride in their rooms.
6 Sanity Savers for Kids’ Spaces
Don’t become overwhelmed with all the cute and clever items available for kids’ rooms. Start with the basics and then add layers and extra, personal touches.
1. Keep the shell of the room and foundational elements simple, neutral, and timeless so the room can grow with your child.
2. Use decorative rugs, lamps, bedding, and shelves as opportunities to show their personality and display their colorful toys and treasures.
3. Provide easy ways for your child to express their creativity and feature their drawings and art. Designate plenty of space for their ever-changing art galleries and mementos.
4. Include kids in the decorating process so they can take ownership of the space and design a room they will love.
5. Stay organized! Chalkboards, magnetic boards, and clipboards are great for artwork, and you can use them to help children learn to organize their own lists, chores, or daily schedules.
6. Make functional storage accessible. Age-appropriate organizational systems and daily cleanup times help teach children the value of maintaining order.
When our son, Luke, turned 13, he expressed a desire for a redesigned room. He was growing out of his childhood bunk bed and wanted a desk that would accommodate his current needs and interests. I wanted to give him a space that would be more reflective of who he is and a room he would enjoy and feel comfortable in, so we redesigned the tiny area with his ideas in mind.
Let your teen search online and in magazines for furniture, colors, accessories, and general room designs he or she might like. Invite them to create a mood board to help guide the decorating process. Incorporate personal elements and special photos so the space becomes meaningful to them and a reflection of what they love.
When I start to think (and cry!) about how few years we have left with him at home, I’m happy that we took the time to create a memorable room.
Everyday on Display – Mementos
Luke has a space on his wall where he displays movie tickets and other mementos from guy nights with Dad. Consider featuring awards, ticket stubs, vacation photos, notes, sporting event programs, and anything else that represents a special moment or interest in a kid’s life.
Adapted from: The Inspired Room. Copyright © 2015 by Melissa Michaels. Published by Harvest House Publishers, Eugene, Oregon. www.harvesthousepublishers.com. Used by Permission.
Melissa Michaels, the creator of the popular blog The Inspired Room (www.theinspiredroom.net) and the New York Times bestselling author of Love the Home You Have and The Inspired Room, reminds that when our lives become overcrowded with clutter, we become consumed and distracted with getting organized and overlook the everyday beauty of life. In her new book, Make Room for What You Love, Michaels shares her own experiences of embracing habits of clearing the clutter and organizing her life and her family’s excess especially during the years of moving to different homes. With humor and easy DIY ideas, Michaels outlines steps to having an orderly home and break the cycle of accumulating clutter.