Decorating a child’s room on a budget is a big concern with many families in these trying times. With the economy in a crunch it seems money just does not go as far as it used to.
There are some simple ways though, to stretch that shrinking dollar.
Here are a few of the points we will cover in this article to help your dollar go furthest and still have a bedroom that your child will love now and years from now:
- Colors – A child’s bedroom is not all about pink and blue anymore
- Furniture – Children grow but furniture may not
- Accessories - Bring life to a child’s bedroom with colorful budget worthy accents
Colors For Your Child’s Bedroom
Colors are sometimes a point of contention between parent and child but remember, this is your child’s bedroom as well. Choose a color they like and you can work with, then build around it. A soft green pastel or a muted yellow can add individuality to a child’s room and give your child’s bedroom a comfortable feel for them. Stay with the pastel shades (unless you are really brave) to save your eyes, but allow your child to express their taste as well.
A good paint job with expensive paint could last for years, but using inexpensive paint will permit you to change things up if you choose to later.
Let us say you have chosen a pastel yellow and your child loves yellow. Great! Now both of you are happy but what about the rest of the child’s bedroom? It is still rather plain. Choose a complementary comforter and sheet set without designs perhaps a darker yellow or orange and white.
Although those cartoon or movie characters on those expensive children bedroom sheets and comforter might look tempting, the fact is that the child may not even like them in a year or so – spend your money wisely there.
Furniture For your child’s bedroom – Now And Later
Home Furniture should be built to last. If you are purchasing new furniture for a child’s room, you will want to acknowledge that childhood is a time of change and growth. A piece built for right now may not fit 3 years from now even if it is still perfectly good. These days furniture that can grow with your child is easily available and can go from childhood to college if you choose well-built furniture.
For instance, a toddler bed built like a racecar is cute, it certainly has a theme and may satisfy your child’s imagination but it also will be outgrown soon and when they decide they want to become a scientist in a year or so they may be bored by it.
Let us not even talk about the visual of a lanky teen with his legs poking out 3 feet from the end of that expensive toddler bed. So choose your furniture for now and for later, such as a bed that will go from toddler to teen and still look perfect. Consider a well-built bookshelf that will blend in the child’s room as he grows and can gradually reach the top shelves.
Purchase your child’s furniture to last and grow with them, your budget will thank you.
Accents on a budget for your child’s bedroom
Children love themes that express their interests, but their heroes and favorites can change with a moment’s notice. You can help your child express their interests and still not overtax your budget by using inexpensive accents.
Remember that simple comforter and sheet set you purchased? Well buy a couple of throw pillows with your child’s choice of animal or character to liven up the bed.
Bedside lamps and night-lights with a cartoon character or favorite animal are budget conscious and easily replaced as your child outgrows that stage. You can add the characters your child loves or even puppies and kittens or fish.
Brightly colored posters or paintings can add that special touch that your child craves and makes the bedroom unique.
Easily and inexpensively replaced accent pieces give your budget breathing room, and yet permit the major purchases to remain the same.