With the kiddos in school, moms might have time to turn their attention on something else — like upgrading her child’s room to match their age!

Children grow, that’s what they do. They grow not only physically, mentally and intellectually — they also grow emotionally. While we have the custom of back-to school shopping to find them the latest look that suits their new bodies and new grade at school, most likely we neglect to support that growth at home, specifically in their bedrooms. With interior design we are usually focused on the aesthetic aspect of a room or how it looks. However, it’s important to consider how everything from textures, patterns and colors you incorporate into your child’s room can directly impact their subconscious — i.e. their level of confidence and ultimately their happiness.

So mom, go ahead, run and take a quick peak in your child’s room and then come back and let’s see if you might need to do a little “homework” of your own. Here are three tips for inexpensive, but valuable places to start studying.

  1. Change the sheets: Bedding and sheets are the last thing they see everyday when they go to bed and first thing when they wake up in the morning. They are literally covered in this design detail so I believe it’s kind of an important one. The cool thing is no matter what age of your child or what their interests are you can be sure and get an age appropriate look for a minimal spend. Here are some good examples of the same subject depicted with a younger feel on the left and a more mature style on the right.

Sheets on left from RH Baby Child : Sheets on right from and RH Teen

Sheets on left from Pottery Barn Kids : Sheets on right from The Land of Nod

2. Hang new wall art: With kids rooms I always like to incorporate at least one little spot of whimsy. Often that is done with wall art. That doesn’t mean it always needs to be brightly colored or cartoon-ish style. The great thing is a child’s love of a special subject matter can grow and mature with them through the years without having to give it up as part of their room decor. Check out these stylish examples of the same subject matter again with a younger feel on the left and a more mature style on the right.

Artwork on left from Minted.com : Artwork on right from RH Teen

Artwork on left from Minted.com : Artwork on right from RH Teen

3. Change the wall color: This is one of the most impactful ways to update and affect your child’s space overall. It’s no secret that room colors affect one’s mood. There are no rules to what colors you should use at a specific age. However, as children get older and you are looking to instill some maturity, shall I dare say sophistication, into their character — I suggest toning down bright colors and selecting more chic versions of pastel pinks and blues. Also introducing a classic gray can do the trick. This use of more sophisticated colors in kids rooms is right in line with the trend of high design being incorporated in living spaces for little ones. These are a couple of examples that demonstrate this color concept.

YouthfulNest design — Prima Ballerina Bedroom, 3 year old girl

YouthfulNest Design — Equest-Tween Bedroom, 11 year old girl

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