Once a baby comes into your life, the years seem to slip through your fingers like water. Before you know it, your babies are growing into children. As the children grow into teens, the time inevitably comes that their baby rooms no longer match their tastes or interests. Redecorating can be costly, however. Knowing how to decorate kid’s rooms to transition from baby to teen is an important way to prevent more redecorations in the future, thus ultimately saving money.
With your child’s input, get rid of all the stuffed animals, picture books and baby décor. It is not necessary to throw these things out, but they should be stored away in sturdy plastic containers until your child is ready to look at old baby toys again.
Strip the walls of any wallpaper, stickers or posters that your kids have outgrown. If any irregularities are left in the texture of the wall, do a light sanding on any ridges and retexture where needed to get a uniform surface.
Paint the bedroom walls to match the children’s personality. Some ideas include painting large harlequin diamonds on one wall, painting each wall a different color or picking a solid funky color and accenting the walls with vinyl decals.
Repaint any baby furniture, such as dressers, beds and bookcases that will still work in a teen’s bedroom. Use an accent color or two that will be used throughout the room. For added visual appeal, use foam stamps to place interesting shapes on the furniture with a different paint color.
Add some new bedding, shelves and a desk with the same theme in mind. Have fun shopping for interesting décor pieces such as art, figurines and lamps to bring the whole room together.
- Sand and paint the furniture in well-ventilated areas.