As your children grow older, their taste in decoration (and favorite color) seem to change every few weeks (month’s if you’re lucky). And if you’re anything like my children – with the changing taste comes a want (or a need) to surround yourself with new exciting things.
For a couple of years I found myself repainting their rooms every few months, first it was purple, then it was pink – then it was white with a pink border. Now I want my kinds to have a space of their own in the house, and I want them to be happy and comfortable in that space – which was why it was never an issue.
But then my purse strings began to feel it a little. I mean, tubs of paint don’t come cheap – and neither do the brushes and little tester pots the children insisted on buying. It was then that I started trying to find new ways of making their bedrooms flexible, so that we could easily (and cheaply) give their rooms a new look, without spending loads of money. This meant that the kids could always have their rooms exactly how they wanted them – but it meant that we were spending a fortune (or wasting away hours on the weekend) repainting and redecorating.
I found some clever ways of doing this, which I’ll share with you now:
Purchase a magnetic “pin board” so that your kids can pin photographs and posters and memos to it. It’s a great way to stop them sticking stuff on walls too with blue tack (we all know how annoying that is). They can change this as often as they like which means whenever they get bored, they can just mix it up and pin more stuff!
Rugs are a great way to inject color into a room, and if you purchase a few different rugs in different colors your kids can swap the rugs whenever they feel like they need a change. Pretty simple huh? I usually have 2 or 3 bright ones, and then a woolly sheepskin on for wintertime (which the kids love to snuggle up on). You can buy rugs super cheap on eBay for example, or just take a trip down to Ikea and buy some cheap ones there.
Photographs are great – because they’re colorful meaningful, and they’re not expensive to print – should you want to mix things up every now and again. With my kids we made some photo bunting – which was so simple but looked great. We tied a bit of rope (from a craft store) from two corners of the room and then pegged photographs to the rope. It looks super cute, and can be changed up whenever. I also bought the kids some frames too – which they can use to decorate their room.
Cushions and bedspreads
The simplest way to change the color scheme in a room without painting or completing redecorating is by simply changing the bedspread or the cushions on the bed. I love this tip as it’s so easy to do. I now have stocked up on a few different kinds of duvet covers for the kids – so they can change them whenever they want.
Elle works for Printer Pix in the UK. She loves everything photography related!