How to Decorate a Two-Year-Old's Bedroom
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As your child moves from infancy to toddlerhood, you may want to redecorate her room and create a space appropriate for your growing tot. Two-year-olds cannot express their opinions and desires quite as effectively as older children, so much of the burden of room design falls upon the parents.
When you are ready to transform your child's room from the nursery you so carefully prepared to a big-girl room that is ready for childish play, take some time to plan and prepare a room ideal for your kiddo.
Chose nursery elements to keep. You are likely not ready to abandon all of the pieces that you had in your nursery. Keep some wall art and furniture pieces that will fit the decor, and design around these pre-established elements. If your child is still in diapers, you will likely want to keep the changing table in the nursery. You may also want to keep your child's nursery lamp or any shelving that you use for storage. Along with saving you some money, keeping these pieces in the room will make the redecoration easier for your toddler, who may feel attached to his babyhood bedroom.
- As your child moves from infancy to toddlerhood, you may want to redecorate her room and create a space appropriate for your growing tot.
- If your child is still in diapers, you will likely want to keep the changing table in the nursery.
Pick a colour scheme. Head to a hardware store and obtain some paint swatches or small sample containers. Look over the samples carefully to ensure that you don't select a colour that you later can't live with. You may wish to go with a simple blue for a boy or pink for a girl, or you can try something a little less orthodox and paint the room bright orange, red, or green. Selecting a non-traditional colour makes the room design a bit more mature than it would be if you adopted a traditional pastel colour pallet.
- Head to a hardware store and obtain some paint swatches or small sample containers.
- You may wish to go with a simple blue for a boy or pink for a girl, or you can try something a little less orthodox and paint the room bright orange, red, or green.
Select decorations that reflect her interests. If your 2-year-old shows an affinity for a particular toy, movie, or TV show, design her room around this interest. For example, if your child is a "Toy Story" fanatic, purchase some Buzz Lightyear and Woody dolls, place a Mr. Potato head on display, and acquire a movie poster to hang on the walls.
Consider the longevity of the selected theme. While you want to pick something that your child is interested in now, you don't want to have to redecorate in two years. Try to select a theme that will easily transition from toddlerhood into school age. If you select carefully, you may be able to get away with avoiding redecoration until your little angel reaches her teen years.
- Consider the longevity of the selected theme.
- While you want to pick something that your child is interested in now, you don't want to have to redecorate in two years.
Select durable materials. Consider the impact that a playful toddler can have on a room when deciding what materials you want to use. You will likely want to use washable paint so that you can clean up any thoughtful artwork that your Picasso places on the walls. Additionally, wallpaper, while cute, is commonly ill-equipped to stand up to the Terrible Twos.
Modify the layout to accommodate a twin bed. If he is ready, you can use redecoration as a time to switch from a crib to a toddler bed. This practice may make the changeover easier for the child, as he will not see it as just one modification, but as part of his room's transition from a baby place to a big-boy space.
- Modify the layout to accommodate a twin bed.
- If he is ready, you can use redecoration as a time to switch from a crib to a toddler bed.
Create play space. Leave open space in the centre of the room so that your child can engage in play without disturbing decorations.
Integrate storage into the design. The room will be easier to keep clean if there is a clear storage system already established. Plan for one large toy box or a series of toy-specific bins to help your child begin to sort and store her toys properly.
Childproof the area. Your child will spend time in this room unsupervised, so making sure that it is a safe place is a must. Cover all plugs, shorten blind cords by tying them or cutting them, and install drawer locks to help keep your kiddo safe while she is in her room.
Erin Schreiner is a freelance writer and teacher who holds a bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University. She has been actively freelancing since 2008. Schreiner previously worked for a London-based freelance firm. Her work appears on eHow, Trails.com and RedEnvelope. She currently teaches writing to middle school students in Ohio and works on her writing craft regularly.