Keeping up with your kids' shifting tastes can be tiring, not to mention expensive. Need to get their bedroom from the toddler to the teen stage without having to paint and buy new furnishings every other year? To help your child's room look nice both now and for years to come, here are some smart decorating tips from Circle of Moms members.
Paint: Neutral Colors and Drawing Walls
When it comes to painting, sometimes keeping it simple is the best option. Jodi M. learned the hard way that if you choose a character theme, your kid will be on to the next character before the paint dries: ". . . kids change 'likes' so often... when my son was little we did his room in Thomas and then a year later he didn't like Thomas anymore and wanted Spiderman and then from Spiderman to Batman in 6 months' time and .... you get the idea!!!"
Your best bet might be to focus on a neutral color for the walls, and save the cartoon and character stuff for more easily changeable accents such as bedding or wall art. Ashley S. has 2 boys who share a room, and she chose one color to easily tie everything together: "I just did colors. I did their walls with light green, and all the frames in their rooms, including their furniture, is white. I have a cork board hanging up so they can switch out their artwork. The colors coordinate, and since the frames in the room are all the same color, they can be switched out according to their tastes, yet the room still has a unified look."
There are fun things you can do with paint other than color. In the paint section of your favorite home improvement store you can also find chalkboard paint and dry erase paint. Both are reasonably priced, and with one or two coats can transform walls into a creative canvas for your kids. Becky, a Circle of Moms member and self proclaimed "older mom" wisely advises parents who use one of these paints to "put some sort of framing around it." This is to prevent kids from drawing on the walls elsewhere, since the paints can lead your kids to think "that it is okay to draw on the walls." My daughter has a chalkboard wall section in her bedroom, and that is the only place she is allowed to have chalk (it doesn't leave the room), which is another way to keep them from writing on walls all over the house.
Removable Wall Decor
Whether or not you are able to paint, it is possible to be creative with your kid's walls. One of my favorite ideas comes from Circle of Moms member Trudy B., who suggests adhering fabric to the walls using liquid starch, as temporary wallpaper: "It is really easy and when you are done you just pull it off and the wall looks great. Lighter weight fabric works best, but we have even done denim-weight fabric. It took an hour to do, stayed on the wall for three years, and came off in less than ten minutes."
One of the easiest ways to brighten wall space without the permanence of paint or nails is to use removable wall stickers. This could also be a cost effective way to incorporate your child's favorite cartoon characters. Rebecca R. found stickers to be "much cheaper and easier to change when your child changes their interests." Check out your local craft stores or RoomMates.com, where prices range from about $10-$20 for sticker packages.
If you're not put off by a few holes, you can find some innovative ideas for hanging wall art in your child's room. Angela S. uses very simple supplies to create a display wall: "String a clothes line or ribbon from nail to nail across the whole wall. Add clothes pins or paper clips to hang photos or the childs art work. It looks really cute and is easy to update as often as you want."
Circle of Moms member Samantha S. proves that you can turn almost anything into unique wall decor: "In a model home I saw old board games affixed to the wall. It was so cute and I am sure you could find some boards and pieces at a garage sale."
In toddler stages, the bed can be the biggest dilemma. If you're trying to decide whether to go with the toddler bed or straight to a twin, there are moms on both sides of the debate. Michele R. likes the toddler bed for her 2-year-old son because it's not too big and "is right on the floor so he can get in and out safely." If your main concern is cost, it might be better to go straight to a twin-size bed. As Elissa H. says, "buying a toddler bed won't be worth it in the long run because they are only in them for so long." If you're worried about your little one falling out in the night, you can put the mattress on the floor in the beginning, or as Elissa advises, purchase a separate bed rail.
As far as the other furniture, most of the moms in Circle of Moms communities agree on one thing: kids are destructive! For dressers, nightstands, storage, desks, etc. - used furniture might be the best bet for your money. As Brianna learned: "It is better to buy good used furniture than cheap new furniture. Resale shops are excellent. Even thrift stores, Salvation Army, Goodwill."
How did you decorate your kid's room to last?
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