Fads come and go so it’s important to design a bedroom for your tween that can easily “grow up” with them. Here are a few things to keep in mind when making choices about the furnishings and accessories for a young girl’s room.
Choose a neutral colour or white for the major furniture pieces in the room (desk, nightstand, wardrobe) so you have a blank canvas for your accessories which are easily swapped out when the time comes. And no matter what paint colour your child asks for when she’s young, you know it will change and that’s an easy fix.
A good night’s sleep is vital so a quality mattress and headboard is worth investing in. Your child is sure to outgrow a pink headboard with polka-dots, so consider something more timeless such as a rectangular upholstered headboard covered in a neutral fabric.
A simple, classic white lamp base with a pink polka dotted or striped shade is great for a girl who loves “princessy” rooms now and the shade is easily changed when she’s grows out of the girlie stage.
Art, bedding, and throw pillows are accessories that are relatively inexpensive so go wild with the pink, polka-dots, stripes or other requested themes on these pieces. Then, when your tween becomes a teen and wants to change their décor you can take a fun shopping trip together without having to spend a lot on major furniture pieces.
- Though more expensive than other types of foam, latex foam is a great option for a child’s room because, like maple syrup, 100% natural latex is harvested from living trees, providing a renewable, biodegradable and truly sustainable alternative to crude oil based polyurethane foam. Natural latex is also biodegradable, mildew proof, antimicrobal and dust mite resistant.
- Not all bamboo flooring is created equal. Moso bamboo is one of the hardest varieties (known to grow 47 inches in 24 hours). To achieve its great strength, it must be harvested at the right time, between 5-1/2 and 6 years so when you’re choosing bamboo flooring, it’s important to ask at what point the bamboo is harvested. Also, choose a brand that has a water-based and solvent-free finish.