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December 2, 2014

How to Create a Transitional Child’s Room

by Christen


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Whether you are designing a nursery or going from big kid room to teenager’s sanctuary, you’ll follow the same rules to create a fun and functional space. Here are a few tips on designing a child’s room that will easily transition through the years.

Invest in Transitional Furniture

There’s a lot to think about when it comes to putting together a nursery (or any kids room for that matter). There’s the color palette, theme, and furniture. In fact, you might be surprised at just how much furniture your little bundle of joy needs: crib, changing table, glider, toy storage, etc.

When it comes to nursery furniture, go for pieces that will last at least through toddlerhood. For example, opt for a changing table that can be used as a dresser or choose a crib that converts into a toddler- or full-size bed.

Transitional Crib and Kids Furniture

Source: DwellStudio

If you are redesigning a room for an older child, select furniture that will have longevity in your home. For big kids, pick pieces that will be suitable into their young adult years. To make the room age-appropriate, add playful touches with home décor accents, paint, and artwork. For example, if you are updating a nursery to a super hero themed boy’s room, you could use vintage superman posters or framed comic books as artwork.

Use an Adaptable Color Palette

Kids love bright colors, but it’s easy to go overboard. To make sure the kid’s room has a tasteful color palette, pick a neutral tone to complement vibrant hues. This will allow you to easily transition your child’s room over time. Remember, neutral doesn’t have to be boring – your options range from white and beige to smoky hues (one of our hot trends for 2015).

Because furniture is a commitment and should last at least a few years, I’d lean toward buying children’s furniture in a neutral color. Introduce bright, kid-friendly colors into a room with paint, bedding, artwork, and accessories. Using accents to introduce pops of color, allows you more flexibility to try trends or to adjust your child’s room as his or her preferences change.

Clutter Control

No matter your child’s age, controlling clutter is a priority. For a storage solution that transitions from one age to the next, try using a bookshelf with interchangeable bins or cubbies. To organize babies and small children, brightly colored baskets or clear bins might be ideal. Teenagers, on the other hand, will likely want something with a more mature look. Consider sorting belongings with wire baskets, boxes covered in bold patterns, or galvanized buckets with chalkboard paint for labeling.

Kids Room Organization | Creating a Transitional Room for Kids

Source: apartment therapy

Lighting Through the Ages

Lighting your child’s room is important on overcast days and in the evening. There are thousands of beautiful options to light up a room, including permanent fixtures and lamps. A wonderful choice for a child’s bedroom – any bedroom, in fact – is a ceiling fixture because it can be versatile in style and is safely out of reach of small hands.

Don’t Forget the Windows

When it comes to window coverings that have lasting power in your child’s room, consider function before form. Window treatments that don’t take into account window safety and light control will need to replaced sooner rather than later.

Once you’ve addressed the function of window treatments, you can move on to design. Window coverings can be customized in a variety of styles using any number of fabrics and finishes.

Kids Room Window Treatments

If you’re planning a nursery, you’ll probably lean toward a stylish but neutral design that can transition through several stages. For older kids, don’t be afraid to go for window treatments that complement the décor of the room. Nervous about committing to window treatments in fuchsia or a graphic print? Pick a neutral fabric or material for the window coverings and get creative with a valance or upholstered cornice, which are both a little easier to switch up.

Window Treatments for Kids Rooms

Your kids will get older but…

Follow these tips and you’ll design a fantastic space for your child that will easily transition through the years. Remember, your kids will eventually grow up but their space should always look fresh and vibrant.


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