It’s a bittersweet moment when you blink and realize your babies are teenagers. Then, you look at their fading princess- or Thomas the Train-themed bedrooms, and realize it’s time for a change, whether you like it or not.

The thing is, as your children age and their tastes mature, their bedroom design should align with that as well. But that doesn’t mean you update their rooms with every changing fad, hobby, or interest, which cost you too much time and money. 

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Here are a few tips on how to age their bedrooms gracefully!

A Fresh Start

When you’re first planning out the nursery for your bundle of joy to sleep like a baby, lean toward a neutral shade of paint for the room they can grow into, rather than bright primary colors. And stick to an open floor plan for playtime, so you can add furniture as needed over the years.

Have the Talk

No, not that talk. Just have an open conversation with them to find out what their wants and needs are for their space as they get older. Consult with them and look up ideas together to create a new bedroom that’s exciting for them. Scroll through Pinterest and save a board to find out the kind of artwork that piques their taste and interest, plus rugs, comforters, and more.

Pick the Right Furniture

Invest in the kind of furniture that will age appropriately with them, such as a classic bedframe that can slide from a twin mattress to a full-size bed and larger. Loft beds are also a good option, paired with a timeless desk beneath that evolve from a place to color and craft to do homework on the laptop or game.

Take Your Time

You don’t want your tween or teen to feel overwhelmed, so work slowly, but surely on this bedroom renovation project. Declutter the toys and books they’ve outgrown a bit at a time.


Transitioning your child’s bedroom may not even have to involve purchasing anything new. The budget-friendly DIY option could mean rearranging furniture, painting their bedroom furniture, or painting their walls for a fresh, new look.

Set a Budget & Rules for the Room

These purchases – no matter the size – can add up quickly nowadays, so make sure you (the parent) set priorities on which upgrade is more important, set a budget, and stick to it. Rules should also be discussed with your child, such as framing posters instead of hanging them with thumb tacks on the walls you’ve just repainted.

Designing your kids’ bedrooms as they age is an inevitable yet exciting task for parents. It can be a challenge to create a space that evolves with your child’s changing tastes and interests, but with the right approach, it can be a fun and rewarding project. By considering these tips, you can help your child transition to a more mature space that reflects their personality and preferences, all while staying within your budget and avoiding unnecessary purchases. Remember, taking your time and involving your child in the process will ensure that their new bedroom is a comfortable and inviting space they will enjoy for years to come.

Realtor Paige Bird has been an expert agent in Myrtle Beach for homebuyers and sellers since 2004. She has been named the #1 RE/MAX Agent in South Carolina for 9 consecutive years. In 2022, she closed on 75 properties for a total $26,472,347 in sales volume and an average list-to-sales price of 99.10%.

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