Your baby is starting to grow up. No longer is her room called a nursery, it is now her bedroom. With your child’s growth comes the need to transition your baby’s room into a kid’s bedroom. With a little bit of planning your child’s new room can last him or her until they are ready to leave for college.
The first thing you will need to consider when transitioning your baby’s bedroom to a child’s room is the color. If the bedroom is already a color that you can use, go ahead and keep it. This will allow you to save money and time without repainting. If the baby blue walls just aren’t going to cut it anymore, consider picking out a bright color. Kids and teens alike love bright color. If you are afraid to use too many bright colors, just paint one wall a bright color and leave the other walls neutral. If you have a boy, bright red or blue makes a great backdrop for a sport’s themed bedroom.
This brings me to the topics of themes. Kids’ bedrooms are the one place in your home where you can get away with going a little crazy. If your little girl loves mermaids, let her have her mermaid themed bedroom. The key to themes is accessorizing. The race car bed may look adorable now, but how will your son feel about that bed when he is a teenager and his feet hang off the end? Instead of painting cars on the walls, add a few book shelves where you can strategically add race cars to the shelves. That way when your kid changes his mind, it is easy to change his room by switching out the accessories.
At this age your children are already beginning to learn about letters. One of the first letter’s any child learns is his or hers initials. So including your child’s initials in the room is a great way to help your child learn his letters as well as make the room feel extra personal to him. You can find wooden initial letters at almost any craft store that can be painted in any color you desire. Or for a special customized look you can block out your child’s initials on the wall with blue painter’s tape and paint the initials on the wall. Your imagination is the limit.
Now that your child is transitioning from being a baby it is time that she learns to keep her bedroom clean. You can help her do that by providing her with the tools to make it easy. Provide lots of storage and cubby holes for her to place her stuff. Since children are just learning you can help them remember where everything goes by placing pictures of the things that go in drawers on the outside. For example if shoes go in a certain bin, put a cute picture of a shoe on the outside of it. If you want all her stuffed bears to go in a toy hamper, paint a cute stuffed bear on it.
One of the last things you may thing about redoing when transitioning your baby’s room into a kids room is the closet. Redoing your child’s closet can help them keep more organized as well. Hanging an extra lower bar in the closet will allow your child easy access to his clothing when he starts to dress himself. This lower bar will then provide tons of extra closet room for shirts when your teenage girl develops a love of shopping.
The key to making your child’s bedroom a great room is to think like a child. Get down to their height and think about what you wanted when you were a kid. Then scale that back and think of function and fun. Good luck, and remember to check the sale aisle!