When we moved into this house, we’d promised Stella that we’d decorate her room right away. She was feeling upset about leaving our old home and neighbourhood and we thought that a special room of her own would help. We followed through on that promise and her room is pretty darn cute, if I say so myself.
But for Max, a toddler with no real emotional ties to the old house, we simply plunked his existing furniture into the new bedroom. We lucked out because the family before us had a young boy and the room was already painted in bold primary colours. He already had a wooden toddler bed fashioned as a fire engine and it all worked well together.
He’s getting far too big for his toddler bed (even though he still loves it fiercely) and the room will need to be re-worked to fit a twin bed. I think this will be the perfect time to decorate his room up as well.
However, I only want to do it once. Or at least once, until the teen years hit. So I don’t want anything overly “themed” like this pirate room below in case his tastes change.
Naturally, I’ve been surfing about on Pinterest to see ideas. (It is my “go to” place for ideas on anything these days!) Some of the rooms are just so cool! But, realistic to source or even afford? Probably not. But check out these anyways:
I’m thinking that a solid wall colour (his current wall has stripes) with bedding and curtains that don’t have a specific theme are the best way to go in terms of longevity. Then, accents could be added to change things up every couple of years … such as new pillows or wall hangings. For inspiration, I’ve been looking at the rooms below.
Both of the above rooms are too “old” for Max. But I can see being able to add the things he likes now — anything with wheels! — by throw cushions, art work, and area rugs.
But I am still so very tempted by this tipi tent. Wouldn’t it be the most awesome place to hang out and read on a Sunday afternoon?
Have you decorated a young child’s room? How did to move from toddler to big kid in terms of colour and decor? Did you run into any pitfalls? Do tell!