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Kids Bedrooms that Stand the Test of Time

by Lauren Busser The House Designers’ Contributing Writer

It happens all too soon: kids grow up. They outgrow clothes, shoes, and toys faster than they wear out and it can be difficult to keep up at times. Well, one thing you shouldn't have to worry about is their bedroom. There are ways to design a nursery or child's bedroom so that it can easily grow with the child. From paint colors that transition from childhood to the teenage years, to cribs that convert into a daybed or full-bed there are plenty of ways keep your child comfy without periodically draining your wallet.

Young America Convertible Crib

This crib by Young America® can be converted into a toddler or even a full-sized bed, keeping your child comfy and safe as an infant right up to their teen years.

One thing you don’t have to spend a lot of extra money on is a bed. There’s quite a debate as to whether it is better for a toddler to go from a crib to a toddler bed or a twin bed. A toddler bed is closer to the ground so your child can get in and out more safely, but cost is a concern. Now there's a clever solution that can accommodate every stage. Expecting parents to those with young children can now choose a convertible crib from a company like Young America®. Convertible cribs can be changed from an infant’s safe haven to a toddler bed, and even to full-sized to accomodate a pre or young teen’s personal space.

When choosing paint, it is best to keep it plain or somewhat solid. Choose a shade that isn’t too pastel and you are sure to get several years out a coat of paint. There are other fun painting options available too. You can create a drawing wall with Benjamin Moore’s® Chalkboard paint which is available in many colors and can be an outlet for your kids creativity. If you choose to do this you might want to consider putting a frame around it to border the drawing area.

Benjamin Moore Kid's Bedroom

A magical orange shade adds a youthful zip to this room designed by Benjamin Moore®. Years later, lampshades, window dressings and bedcovers may be changed to update this look and give it a more mature vibe.

If you want to go somewhat character-driven in your kids room, removable wall cling-art is the perfect way to do it. Consider that your child might like Spiderman today and Batman tomorrow. With these changing tastes in mind you can find things like cool lamps or wall decals that satisfy your kids tastes at that moment in time. Another idea is to put a few cork boards up so that your child can hang up clippings, pictures, and school art projects.

These are a few suggestions that will help prevent sinking real money into new décor over the years. When selecting decorations for your child’s bedroom think youthful rather than childish. When you choose colors and accents for a little one, remember that their tastes change, so to get the most out of your furniture and paint it's best to keep things playful and fun without being too theme driven.