Changing a child's room from a baby to a kid usually happens around the age of two. This is the perfect time to get the big-kid bed and furniture, and change out the baby walls and accessories. The best strategy is to plan ahead, because toddler years are short and the kid years are just around the corner. So when designing a room for a two-year-old, envision that same room belonging to a child of four, five six and beyond. The new furniture, walls, flooring and window treatments should all be purchased for the growing child, but the accessories can be geared just for the two year old, and changed out along the way.
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When purchasing new furniture for the two-year-old's room, select furniture that is of good quality and can be touched up as the years take their toll. Take into consideration that the furniture may get coloured on, scraped and scratched, so purchase furniture that either already is distressed can be washed or painted over. The bed is an important feature in the growing child's room. One of the best types of bed to purchase is a sofabed with a trundle. Most sofabeds are three sided and a safety bar can be installed on the fourth side, almost mimicking a crib. Purchasing a trundle under the sofabed is a good idea for future sleepovers.
Painted Walls and Window Treatments
Walls in a two-year-old's room can stay the same colour if no baby wallpaper, border or murals were on them. The walls colour can also be spruced up by adding some painted strips or accenting one wall with a different colour. A nice window treatment for a child's room are wood blinds, because they can stay in the down position and then be adjusted for light and are available with safety cords. Wood blinds look even better when a valance is mounted above them, adding some colour and pattern to the room. Some great valances that are cute in a child's rooms are a cornice box with some trim added at the bottom, or a boxed pleat valance with two different fabric placed in between each pleat.
Accessorising the Two-Year-Old's Room
This is the fun part, where the two-year-old child's personality can shine through. Area rugs are wonderful in a room for a two-year-old who is constantly on the floor. There are so many choices when is come to area rugs and they can be replaced often. Frame the child's art work in beautiful frames and hang them on the walls of the room. Big, colourful, fluffy throw pillows are a fantastic (and easily changeable) way to accent the bed and the floor. Bedding can also be changed out frequently; there are so many attractive bedding sets available that are age appropriate and inexpensive.
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