The “when” and “how” of redecorating your child’s bedroom is ultimately up to your family. There are many things to consider: time, budget, upcoming milestones, the preferences of you and your child – the list goes on and on. If you’ve been contemplating redecorating your child’s room but aren’t sure how to tell if the time is “right,” read on for a few helpful things to consider.
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The Room is No Longer Functional
This is probably the most obvious reason parents begin to think about revamping their child’s room. When your child has made major developmental strides, they can quickly outgrow their environment. Things that can spur this type of renovation are transitions, like moving into their own room or switching from a crib to a toddler bed.
Apartmenttherapy.com also encourages you to look for things in your child’s room that might be considered “dysfunctionally young.” Finding leftover storage accessories for small toys and baby items when what your child actually needs is space for a new desk, may be your sign that the current room design is no longer working.
When a big change is in store, redecorating serves two purposes: the room will better suit your child’s developmental needs and abilities, and your child will have the chance to participate and adjust as the change unfolds around them.
Transitioning to a new room or a new bed is an exciting time, but it can also be a time of fear and uncertainty for your child. Including them in the process can help give them a sense of control over their new environment. Talk to your child about the upcoming changes and start asking for their input. Simply Family Magazine offers additional tips to help your child during periods of transition.
The Room Doesn’t Reflect Your Child
This need for change may be a bit less apparent to parents, especially as your children grow older and become more independent. Changing beds is no longer on your radar, and an increased desire for privacy may mean you are spending less time admiring redecorations of the past. You might walk by your daughter’s open door one morning and suddenly realize the walls are still painted bright pink with the tattered The Little Mermaid border hanging on for dear life. There’s nothing inherently wrong with this room’s décor except that your child’s favorite color hasn’t been pink in ages, and you can’t remember the last time she watched The Little Mermaid. Oops!
It happens and we’ve all been there. If you begin to notice discrepancies between the room’s style and your child’s preferences, now may be a good time to ask them if they’d like to redecorate. Metro Parent interviewed Susanna Salk, design expert, regarding the importance of letting a child help decorate their room so that it reflects their personal style and preferences. “(It) couldn’t be more important for their room to be a reflection of who they are, who they want to be,” Salk says. By allowing them to have a say in the look and feel of their bedrooms, “you’re showing them how important it is to create a sense of comfort for themselves – a sense of safety.”
Additional Things To Keep In Mind
Redecorating a room isn’t a spur-of-the-moment decision, and there are additional considerations for each family. While the items above should certainly be used to help you get an idea on when to redecorate your child’s room, it is also okay to be aware of your own limitations and adjust as you are able.
Time and finances are some of the less exciting realities that come with redecoration. Before jumping into a large-scale room overhaul, decide what will work for your family. If you are crunched for time or have a limited budget but strongly feel your child is ready for a change, take baby steps. You can still include them in the process, but the changes will be more gradual and perhaps of a smaller scale.
Spread out you projects to get things done within a limited time and lessen the burden on your wallet. One weekend might be dedicated to looking through and picking out paint samples. The next weekend you might go buy the paint and get to work. Spending additional time exploring room possibilities is free, will keep your kids engaged, and will still make it feel like their room is progressing. There is nothing wrong with making one change at a time.
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Sources: apartmenttherapy.com, simplyfamilymagazine.com, metroparent.com
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