One of my best friends privately shared with me that she thought the last "big boy room" I created was too grown-up. I'm so glad she said that! Because it got me thinking that if she thinks that, then there are probably more people that think the same.
I have some explaining to do...
It all comes down to my design philosophy. As a basic goal, I design a space for a minimum of a 10 year time span. Therefore, even though a child may be three when they first get their "big boy room", they grow and change quickly. I want my clients to have the ability to make small changes as the child's interest change, but be able to keep the building blocks of the room the same. For this reason, I try to not create a "themed" bedroom. If the bedding, art, and fabrics all have dinosaurs, then the room will quickly be outdated as soon as his interest grow from dinosaurs to Star Wars.
The key to still making it personal? Invest in the key pieces and keep anything themed to the smaller items: sheets, throw pillows, inexpensive art. Instead of choosing a Thomas the Train comforter and valance for your toddler, select a colored/patterned quilt, and search for interesting sketches of trains as art. Or collect a slew of vintage toy trains and do a whole wall of trains in individual shadow boxes. Enough talking...let's see some pictures!
Let's start with this design for a big girl room...
If I had a daughter in our house full of boys, I would make her a big girl room like the one above.
The fabric inspired it all. Just perfect for an upholstered headboard. The chandelier from Shop|ten|25 has been a favorite of mine for a long time. They're a great match.
H.'s big boy room can easily transform into a room for a 2 year old, to a teenager. The furniture and fabrics are classic, but the inexpensive art can easily change with his interest.
This big girl room from The T. House may be pink, but with a few simple changes, can quickly be perfect for her when she's ten or thirteen.
Need more inspiration?
I took a moment to source some of my favorite pieces of art for girls and boys. Everything is affordable but beautiful. Just click on the links and scroll down for the list of sources.
What are your thoughts?
I'd love to hear what you think of making the perfect "big kid room".
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