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Room design should grow with kids as they get older

July 09, 2014

hardwood floorsParents should decorate their children's rooms in a way that grows with them. To maintain continuity as youngsters get older, start with high-quality elements like maple wood flooring in Anderson's Vintage Crossfire collection. Then young decorators will have rooms with lasting appeal where they can incorporate their personal taste in the decor.

All of this is particularly important when kids become adolescents. Their interests will no doubt change as they move into their teen years, but it's at the 'tween stage that their decorating style will begin to emerge. Not only will kids have the chance to express their individuality, but they'll learn to see the difference between fads with a short shelf life and classic trends that are timeless.

Since the bed is a major part of a bedroom, let kids help pick out the colors of the bedding before you decide on furnishings, according to TLC. While there are traditional colors associated with boys and girls, allow them you pick out their favorites as long as the hues are versatile enough to have other colors added  periodically. Avoid neon shades that will wear out their welcome quickly.

For the teenager with an avant garde streak, stripes or geometric patterns in jewel tones may be the thing. Buying budget-conscious bed linens allows teens to have dramatic colors that can be replaced over time.

Stay flexible
When it comes to choosing furniture, HGTV recommended buying flexible furnishings that will grow with a teen from adolescence to young adulthood. Most kids have no interest in chic, high-end looks, opting instead for free-spirited styles. The way to accommodate that is to let them create their own look with accessories and novelty furnishings such as beanbag chairs, odd-shaped lamps and a pile of pillows to sprawl on when friends come over.

Repurposing furniture with a paint job and new hardware can give childhood furnishings a grown-up look that will carry into late teen years. Parents should also consider adding storage as a young adult's collections, sporting equipment and school-related items multiply. Putting in a new closet system with some decorative storage cubes is a great way to go.

When the time comes to change the wall color, offer choices from a neutral palette for the main colors that allows a wider selection of accent hues and plenty of combinations. Parents should also consider choosing a paint finish that can withstand constant changes in posters and photo displays to save themselves the bother of repainting more frequently.