Design Ideas for Your Kid’s Next Bedroom

Babies don’t stay babies forever. They do grow up and out of a nursery. As you design a new bedroom space for your growing little one, keep the following remodeling tips in mind — and don’t hesitate to involve them in the project.

Color Palette

A splash of color to cool, warm or boldly define a room can aesthetically transform the bedroom space. Remove the baby wallpaper and borders and go for a chic multi-colored look that matches his or her personality. For the girly girl who likes frills, paint the bottom half of the wall a deep violet and the top half a soft rose. Boys who loves cars will appreciate an earth tone or neutral color on the bottom and a dark red on top featuring a cool horizontal black racing stripe.

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Expert paint company Benjamin Moore recommends mixing colors and patterns in a kid’s room to create a dynamic environment. Once you determine wall colors, match room accessories to it. For example, woven bamboo shades come in both dark and light colors, notes The Shade Store. Hang bamboo for an alfresco and effervescent look.

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Encourage creative inspiration and cover one wall with chalkboard paint. Adding chalkboard paint to a room makes bright accessories pop and gives kids a fun place to draw. Learn all the tips and tricks of using chalkboard paint from paint specialist Benjamin Moore.

Kid-Sized Furniture

The idea is to create a space that a child will call his or her own. Replace the crib, toy box and changing table with furniture that’s still fun and youthful. Creating a real living space in the bedroom with a children’s sofa and chair set is a design option. Include a desk or table for art projects and reading, and you have a room that will encourage learning and playing. Bedrooms aren’t just for beds anymore. Use the HGTV slideshow as inspiration for using furniture to accent and aesthetically define a child’s space.

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Growing Theme

If you’re moving on from a themed nursery, let the theme mature with your child. For example, if your baby boy grew into toddlerhood surrounded by footballs, then use sports as the design inspiration for his next bedroom theme. Swap out the rug for one in the shape of a football field. Change the color scheme to match your kids’, or maybe Dad’s, favorite team. Adorn bare wall space with a mural of pictures of your child in his football uniform as he goes from PeeWee to high school ball.

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Grown-Up Touches

As your child heads off to school, he or she may like a few grown-up touches to the room. Include a plant box to green a window bay or lay down a patterned area rug to add bold color. A tween girl might like couture wall art or a floral arrangement on the desk. Lace wall art and a ceiling fan with stripes for just enough chic. Design website In My Own Style offers a quick and easy tutorial on how to accessorize the ceiling fan with some jazzy stripes.