Motherhood is strange.
It’s full of unexpected twists and turns with new surprises around every bend. You birth this tiny human with absolutely no clue what kind of person he/she will turn out to be. You then have the ultimate responsibility of helping to shape their story and play a supporting role. It’s like a Choose Your Own Adventure book, but you know, actually REAL and with no alternative endings!
Currently, we’re holding strong in the “Goofy Adolescent Boy” chapter of my not-so-little guy’s story. He’s no longer that chubby, super-smart, sweet, little toddler. He’s now ALL 8 year old boy, stinky feet and all — which he’s totally proud of, by the way. He has his likes (sports, fart jokes, legos and video games) and his dislikes (girls, black bean burgers and using utensils) and he makes those abundantly clear.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve started to think that perhaps it was time for a bedroom makeover to reflect my guy’s changing personality and tastes. Needless to say, he didn’t have much input when his room was originally designed close to 6 years ago — he was 2 1/2! This time around, I want him to feel like this room was all about him.
I wanted to share with you my process for this bedroom refresh because designing kids bedrooms can be tough. You want the room to be stylish and timeless, but still whimsical and fun. Most importantly, you want your child to feel as though it’s THEIR unique and private space.
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Fish Sheet Set // Striped Duvet Set // Cabana Stripe Curtains // Desk // Lamp // Swan Chair // Ceiling Fan // Cleveland Cavaliers Art // World Map Art // Dresser // Cleveland Pennant // Bed Frame // Throw Blanket // Nightstand // Table Lamp
1. Pick furniture that YOU like.
As with any major furniture purchase, I always advise my clients to select large scale pieces that are neutral and can be used for many years to come. A spaceship shaped bed can sound cool in theory, but 2 years later when your kid is off of Star Wars and onto the next big thing, that huge purchase will be a dated burden that you’ll need to toss. Instead, you want to find timeless pieces that you’ll be able to repurpose as your child matures. We’ll be re-using my guy’s bed, dresser and nightstand, but adding a DESK. Oh, the 3rd grade homework struggle is real!
2. Use toys and accessories to add a playful element.
While the major furniture pieces should be relatively neutral and “adult”, get playful with the accessories you pick. Don’t shy away from UNIQUE LAMPS, cool art and generally fun details that your child can relate to and enjoy. For example, I randomly happened to find this CLEVELAND CAVALIERS POSTER which honestly, I would have never thought was NBA related! Win-win for this mom.
3. Don’t be afraid to use bold colors, but limit the design to only 2-3 patterns.
Kids love color. That’s pretty much a guarantee.
To keep the space from going into visual overload I recommend sticking to only 2-3 patterns if you’re going to be going bold on color. In this case, I’m injecting pattern into the room via the textiles — bedding and curtains. I love the way the MINI-FISH SHEETS look like a graphic print until you get all up close and personal and can see little fish making up the pattern! The light blue shade also carries the wall color into the decor and is a nice contrast to the deep navy STRIPED CURTAINS + DUVET.
I’m excited to get this boys bedroom design refresh underway and most of all, get my guy involved.
We make a pretty good team.