As I mentioned earlier this week, Zach has now moved in with Matthew and Anya. I’ll be honest there was a lot of rearranging to get tiny toys out of reach and fit the cot in. Panic over, phew!
I’m now thinking ahead long term. Anya will move into the third bedroom and the boys will continue to share. I am imagining that will be the time when we redecorate and the children can stamp their own personality on their rooms.
Fully decorating a room can be such an exciting time. It’s a time to let your creative juices flow – especially when you are a parent. If your children are too young to have a say in how they want their room to look, it’s your time to get to grips on what you always wanted yours to look like as a child. Little hints of your personality are dashed over the space in the hope that your kid might be interested in what you were as a child.
However, for the older children, it can be a different story altogether. They have their own minds, can make their own decisions and coming to an agreement with them about how they want their room to be decorated can cause some arguments when your personalities clash. Unless you are planning on redecorating again soon, it’s important to remember that your children will have to live with this for a few years and could grow bored of it. So how do you make sure that the room grows with them?
Think About The Furniture
You need hardy, reliable furniture that can stand up to the test of time of children’s usage. While this sounds like it shouldn’t be an investment at this age, quality furniture will definitely stand up to what it’s been made for. We bought some rather expensive bunk beds when we moved in and they are fab! If you can’t afford it, think of going for cheaper furniture which you aren’t too concerned about getting ruined.
There are sites such as Cuckooland which have a great selection of children’s furniture for you to peruse, so it’s not like you are stuck for choice when considering the big redecorate. The good thing about sturdy wooden furniture is that it can be repainted as your children grow and their tastes differ, without affecting the overall quality of what you have got.
Consider The Colour Scheme
The more neutral the colour that you’re going for, the more you are able to jazz it up with different furnishings around the room that can change the whole feel of it. Curtains, blinds, picture frames and ornamentation can easily be switched up rather than having to move everything and paint it all over again. Try to avoid harsh, bright colours that can easily be grown bored of. This can be hard to do if they are pretty certain and dead set on what they want, but you need to consider just how quickly they have changed their mind on previous things – think of the toys and films that they have once loved but quickly ditched once the trend has moved on.
What Features Can Still Be Cool?
There are a wealth of features on sites like Pinterest which your child can grow with and utilise into their teenage years. Think creatively – chalkboard paint on the walls can be a great outlet for them when they are tiny and learning to draw, and can still be used as memo pad later on in life. You don’t have to think of absolutely everything, as obviously items and ideas will be added over time as their personality grows.
I feel excited about the future for the kids’ rooms and can’t wait for the kids to get involved with the creative process.