With tween years approaching, a transitional bedroom design was necessary for a sweet daughter of one of our Westlake, Texas interior design clients to live in from stages of pigtails to lip gloss.
In our experience with the interior design of children’s rooms, we recognize that designing a room that grows with the child is often a priority for our clients. For reasons of budget (not wanting to makeover a room once a year) as well as enjoyment of the room by a child with quickly changing tastes, designing a room that will delight them over a span of several years proves to be a daunting task to most parents, and reasonably so! We are happy to create spaces for kids and teens with quality pieces and transitional accessories that can be used for years.
At the end of the article, we’ve gathered our favorite 3 tricks to design a room that grows with your child.
For this particular young client, we chose to grant her wish of all things purple by accessorizing her room with the color, but keeping her walls neutral. The bathroom got a full coat of the color, however, which down the road will be an easy switch if her tastes change.
A crisp white dresser and drapery hardware add fresh girly-ness while shades of raspberry and purple haze cascade down drapery panels.The dresser and fixtures are timeless, while the drapery will be an easy switch but make a big impact if our client’s tastes change to want something more subdued as she gets older.
Luxe textures from a cozy quilt, plush bedding, and tufted headboard to more glam moments of mirror and metallic create a dreamy setting for daydreams and slumber alike. Classic black and white tiles in the bathroom, surrounded by soft amethyst walls, make girlish primping a breeze.
3 Tricks to design a child’s room that won’t be outgrown:
- 1. Layer Up: In this project, layers of bedding create a soft and rich collection of textures, while the color palette reflects a young girl who will be transitioning from youth to tween.
- Use long term, quality purchases for your child’s main quilt, comforter, or duvet, and accessorize with bedding in their favorite color of the year. Their layered bed will be cozy and luxurious, and can always get an update as they grow up by switching out a layer instead of purchasing an entirely different bedding set.
- 2. Think Outside of the Box with Pattern and Color: For this tween room, pinks and purples are used in a more mature implementation. We chose patterns that didn’t shout “little girl” but in combination with each other, were still playful and fun. Baker Design Group used the same technique for a Coppell Interior Design Client’s sweet daughter (photo below).
- Instead of decorating with patterns that are normally reserved for kid’s rooms, incorporate your child’s favorite colors with patterns that will give them a few more years to grow up with.
- 3. Store It Options: In this room, enough storage is brought in with both the bedside tables, the dresser and even a hidden jewelry cabinet in the floor mirror.
- For a while, the stuffed animal collection and every single action figure might be the prized possessions your child wants to display, but eventually they will be phased out for trophies, certificates, and pictures with friends. Embracing this ebb and flow of putting out what’s relevant to display and what can be stored and brought out only for play is a way to allow your child’s room to grow with them, rather than be outgrown.