Summer is a great time to refresh a child’s room, especially if they are making the jump from elementary to middle school or from middle to high school. Here are a few tips to help you create a space your child will enjoy for years to come.
Choose a few durable, high-quality items that will grow with your child. Many furniture items are designed to adapt to a growing child with just a few adjustments. The simpler it is, the more flexible it is.
Think out of the box for storage options. Kids of all ages need lots of storage for their toys, clothes, shoes, sports equipment and school-related items. A hanging shoe organizer will serve nicely to organize toys for a toddler but then can later be used for shoes when the child is older. Labels will help your child know where to put things when it’s time to straighten his or her room.
Use your child’s own artwork and photography instead of purchasing art for the room. Get enlargements made in standard sizes which will make it easy to find frames to fit. Place art, photos and other wall accessories at a height that works from their perspective.
Use space based on the age of the child. A toddler will need more floor space to play, while an older child may want a table and chairs to sit and do homework with friends.
Removable wall decals allow you to change out the theme of a room without having to plan and budget for a major project.
And finally (or perhaps the first thing you should do), let your child have a say in how their space is decorated. Help them search for items that express their interests and their personality.