As your children grow and change, their bedrooms do the same. As an early form of self-expression, their room within your home is an important part of them growing up. It's the physical form of their state of mind (for the most part). As a parent, you want to encourage them to pursue their evolving interests and emerging creative passions. However, if you were to revamp their rooms with every changing interest, hobby, favourite colour and bands, you'd be spending a ton of money and time. How do you find a balance? Here are 4 things to keep in mind if you're looking to transition your child's room as they get older:

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Start With Change In Mind

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Designing a child's nursery when you're expecting a fun and exciting experience. What parents may not plan for though, are the unforeseen changes that the room might need as the child grows. If you're at this stage, create a nursery with neutral wall colours and an open floor plan for playtime. This makes the later transition easier, and gives your child a blank canvas.


Consult With Them

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When you're planning to revamp your child's room after a few years, make sure to consult with them. It's likely that they won't hold back in letting you know what they want. You can enhance a child's creativity and production levels if their rooms are filled with things that excite them. In addition, consulting with them enhances your bond. Taking the time to acknowledge their wants and needs for something like this helps their mental growth. Involving them in this project from planning to executing gives them valuable life skills, and allows it all to happen with you. Changing up a room may by a small thing to you, but for your child, it can be huge!


Choose The Right Items

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There are certain pieces of furniture and decor that can grow with a child. For example, a desk is a piece of furniture that can be added into a room and never seem to lose its importance. It can be used for creating works of art, writing out silly stories, piled with textbooks to study from or filling out applications. This versatility makes it a right item. Other right items can include a classic bedframe and a monochromatic comforter.


Work Slowly But Surely

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Make sure to try not to overwhelm your child with a lot of changes at once. You know how hard change can be for you, even if that change is good. If you've decided that it's time for your child to do some "growing up" when it comes to their room, test it out by making changes little by little. This may be starting with a new bed, and gradually continuing on around the rest of the room. During the teen years, make sure to de-clutter (that garage sale money can go to their college fund!), freshen up with a new paint job, and/or provide grown up accessories. Continue on with getting them to play an active role, and letting them take on roles at each stage of project during the transition. Allow room for their self-expression, but with limits. For instance, they can hang their band posters up, but they need to make sure they don't wreck the walls (especially if their music preferences change seemingly overnight!). Frame the posters and hang them, instead of using many thumbtacks or pieces of tape directly on the wall. A bold rug is fine; it means the floor is better protected from spills or shoe marks. However, maybe the boldness is a colour or pattern, instead of a bold phrase.


Raising children can be one of the greatest joys in life, so make sure their room can reflect that! Take these tips with you over the years and let the DIY project be a fun one that you and your child can look back on.

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