Design for the Ages: Basics + New Accessories for Room Design Over Time

How often do you redecorate your kid's room? Once every two years? Five? Unless you want to change it up completely every couple of years, the room needs to grow along with your child, from toddler to school age, and beyond. Here are some basic tips:

Keep it in Neutral: Invest in good basic furniture early on that will last your child a while. He'll outgrow that fun, bright race car bed faster that you can say Ferrari, and no thirteen-year-old boy wants to stare at grinning gnomes on the walls at night. Keep it ageless and classic instead. It's much easier to repaint than to steam and strip wallpaper, and you won't have to fold up your growing boy's legs when you put him to bed. See? Everyone's happy.

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These three key pieces above will transition nicely over time:

• Mid Century style bed from Land of Nod
• String Pocket Shelving from Atomic Interiors
• Wooden Stump Stool from West Elm

Have Affordable Fun: Now, layer in the other stuff, depending on the age of your child and your budget. Pillows, bedding and artwork are easily swapped out. The room will likely become less theme-y once your child has more input. In the meantime, there's no need to go broke while he figures out if he's really going to be a fireman, or actually a goth skateboarder.

Add Some Permanent Flexibility: Include a space that they can control themselves and change themselves at will. Whether it's a bulletin board, chalk board or a particular shelf, they can show off what they are most interested in at that moment.

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Our three pieces, paired with toddler-appropriate accessories and decor:

• ABC Print from Land of Nod
• Half Moon Cylinder Pillow from Ferm Living
• Fire Kit Lamp by Skitsch
• Bear Rug from Node

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And, again, with a slightly older aesthetic:

• Paint by Number Art Block from StudioLiscious
• Lapa Pillow from Fab
• Industrial Sconce from Urban Outfitters
• Ikat Rug from Target

I won't even guess what your teenager's room will look like, but it will no doubt include some poster of 19-year-old Suri Cruise once her career takes off.

(Images: as linked above)

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