All the back to school prep – for classrooms and dorms – has come and gone. What are we going to do with all of this free time on our hands (😉 very funny, right!?) Jokes aside, this really is great time to do a little organizing, cleaning and redecorating without any distraction and extra foot traffic. We often talk about ideas on dorm decorating or fun school supplies but I’d like to spend some time talking about beautifying our kids spaces while they are away (and when time allows).
Clean, Organize, Store
Once you have come up with a system on how to neatly (and stylishly) organize your child’s belongings, keeping it that way is priority. When you are looking for items or ideas on how to create a functioning and organized space, take your kid’s chores into account. Is it their responsibility to keep their room clean after play time? Make sure your organization system also works for them – keep bins at arms reach, maybe don’t focus on color coordinating. My top 3 go-to sources? Starting with Pottery Barn, The Container Store and Ikea.
Now that their space has been cleaned, cleared out and organized…it’s time to refresh and redecorate. Another school year means another year older and maybe a more mature look in their room is needed. Or, your all-grown-up-kids at school are ready to share their room with the guests. Making a college students bedroom into a guest friendly space is something to consider.
What’s trending in kid’s rooms?
Out with the neutral, in with the bold! We have all liked the safe side of neutrals…it’s an easy look for our kids to grow into without needing to do a complete overhaul once they are keen on putting in their ideas and bedroom wishes. Well, neutrals are giving way to bold and unexpected looks. Not necessarily themed looks, but pattern and color are all the rage. Think popping wallpaper, murals/decals, colorful trim and millwork, bold wall color and accessories that have an all grown style.
Quiet time spaces. Due to the pandemic, researches found that children are seeking more time to process, rest and places offering a sense of security. Quiet and serene spaces are not only trending but also needed. Beds with canopies or curtains, cozy nooks, or elements like hammocks, loungers and hanging chairs.
Multi-Function spaces or furnishings. Multi purpose design became a most sought after look during and post pandemic. It didn’t stop in the kitchen or living room. Empty corners left for a more open look are now filled with chairs for reading or hosting. And beds with extra storage, desk spaces and even additional sleeping. (Insider info: Bunk beds are back!)
Styles or design elements that are trending – boho, sophisticated safari, ocean feels, wallpaper, Persian/Oriental rugs and raw wood.