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Flexible Space for Kids

Whether you’re looking to design a bedroom, a nursery, or a playroom, creating a unique space for your children is usually a bigger job than you expect. The wants and needs of your children will change as they grow, and before you know it, that “perfect” room you designed for your little one will be outdated and possibly even outgrown. There will still be periodic changes that have to be made, of course, but this information will keep you from having to start from the ground up each time. Here are a few things to keep in mind to help you create some of these more flexible spaces for your kids.

Start Simple

  • Don’t make drastic changes

  • Avoid designing trends; Minnie Mouse, dinosaurs, mermaids, etc.

  • Figure out what furniture is NEEDED, not Wanted

  • What is the age group for that theme or design, example; boys ages (8-12 years)

  • Don’t use bright colors, use more light or neutral colors

  • Add bright color accessories; rugs, blankets, pillows, etc.

  • Make the most of storage

  • Maximize floor space

Your goal is to create a simple space that has a lot of potential, so that as your child’s interests change, you’ll have a base to move back toward and adapt the room from.

Customize the Little Things

  • Get creative, match the room to your child’s interests

  • Paint some furniture, desks, chair, and dresser with your child's favorite color or design

  • Add lamps

  • Hang posters

  • Put some decorative items on their desk or dresser; (jewelry box, piggy bank, etc.)

  • Purchase a shelf that can store minimal items

This will allow you to customize the space while still being relatively easy to remove and replace if your child loses interest over time.

Designing with Kids

This doesn’t mean that you have to rush out and buy everything that your child wants, of course; have periodic chats with your children and see how happy they are with their room. Your child’s interest will change many times, so be aware of this phase. Keep an eye on the pieces of furniture or decorations that they are outgrowing. The nature of their room is going to change over time, so make sure that they are a part of the conversation on how it needs to change.

You may want to speak to an interior designer or decorator who has experience with creating functional and stylish children’s rooms to create the perfect flexible space that will continue to meet your kids’ needs over time.

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