When my older son turned two-ish, I had to move him out of the nursery to make way for his younger brother. At the time he was all about dogs. Loved them. So naturally I took the opportunity to give him a dog-themed, big-boy room. Five minutes later, he was all about tractors. Loved them. Luckily I had not committed too deep to dogs. Out with the stuffed dogs and dog lamp. Pretty simple. Put a nail in the wall and hang up a dog painting; take it down and replace it with a page from a tractor calendar. Eventually I got around to covering up the quilted dogs on his curtains with John Deere embroidered patches from the fabric store. The carpet, the wall cover, even the bedding all seamlessly survived the transition.
And that’s how I flow through the changing interests of childhood bedrooms: pick neutral colors, somewhat sophisticated linens and then fill in the little stuff with household accessories that are rather disposable.
I know there is a voice on your shoulder saying that you want your kid’s room to be memorable; you want it to look like the Junior League’s model home. If that’s the case, use your paint wisely and sparingly. Add a mural to an end table or bed frame – that can be painted over in an hour (when the time comes). Add wallpaper to the front of dresser drawers instead of the whole room. Add a strip of licensed print fabric to a roller shade rather than a whole canopy bed. Borrow from whimsical guest bedroom designs that will extend the lifetime of your make-over. Think white eyelet for girls and plaids for boys.
And the next time someone redundantly says,”they grow up so fast,” please share this advice with them.
To make the above pictured head board, I referenced a Richard Scarry book to draw the airplanes. After using house paint for the large parts, I did the detail work with acrylics. The cane texture in the head board was used to create an illusion of movement in the plane propellers and clouds.