Trends in Kid’s Bedrooms – From Infant to Tween
Kids’ bedrooms allow for a fun and creative opportunity when it comes to designing their space. Lively paint colors, unique flooring choices, and modern furnishing options are in abundant supply. However, this area can also pose some unique challenges, especially when you consider durability and the desire for the room to transition from baby to toddler to tween.
When considering paint color, 2016’s pastel tones continue to be a popular color scheme for kids’ rooms. Pantone colors of the year of Rose Quartz and Serenity which is a more saturated shade of pale blue, along with pastels like periwinkle, lilac and pale green are a great choice. If pastels are not what you were thinking, green/white, yellow/orange, and varying gray tones are all trending. Gray can be the perfect “neutral” to let lively accent colors pop. Use yellow, coral, red, and blue in pillows, curtains, and bedding to add texture, flair, and fun.
For the floor, carpet remains an excellent choice to create a cozy feel. INNOVIA™ carpets are durable and soft and most spills clean up with plain water. Some carpet styles are simple and neutral, but patterned carpets are also on trend.
Other flooring options include cork, linoleum and wood floors that are durable and easy to wipe clean. Cork and linoleum reduce sound, are warm, comfortable, resilient, and naturally anti-microbial. Hardwood floors are now distressed so that dents and scratches add character. Area rugs, which are easily switched out, add texture and pops of color and is an easy way to bring the “theme” of a room full circle.
Furnishings are transitional but lean slightly “modern.” For the nursery, a white crib is still the mainstay, and darker espresso woods, lighter woods, and reclaimed wood are also trending.
As your child grows, consider upgrading to a double or queen bed. It provides increased comfort and aesthetics, and doubles as a temporary guest bedroom in a pinch.
Selecting sturdy furniture pieces from the start will help them last through the years. Many pieces have options for “add-ons” as the child’s needs change, or they can morph into a different piece of furniture altogether. Many cribs for example can convert from a crib to a toddler bed, to a day bed and then to a fullsize bed.
Kids’ rooms should be able to withstand considerable wear and tear since many times it serves as a multi-functional play and sleep area. Have plenty of accessible and durable storage options to reduce toys and books ending up on the floor. Utilize under-the-bed storage drawers and see-through bins in the closet so kids can see their things. Built-in shelves or desk units are perfect for housing toys and games for younger children and can also provide older children a place to do their homework.
Comfortable seating is also a necessity to comfort an infant or to snuggle your child while reading to them. Make sure to include your child’s likes and dislikes and have fun with the project and it will be a success.
– Floors of Distinction