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Transitioning To a Big Kid Room: 9 Design Tips and Tricks

By Lauren Hartmann |

Recently, I realized that my little one had outgrown her nursery and was ready for bigger and better things… a big kid room.

Neither the decor, nor the set-up, suited her personality, interests or needs any longer. It was time for a change. I have a girl who loves nothing more in life than the color pink and all things “park-uh-lee” (sparkly), so I knew that the gender-neutral space I had originally created just wasn’t doing it for her anymore. In general, I try to create her room as a space for comfort and calm, but I also want it to be a place that she likes to be and a space that feels like it is just for her.

The old room? She never really wanted to be there. The new room? She loves hanging out! It’s not overly-stimulating, but it’s a fun and happy space — and, as an added bonus, we have had less tears at bed time since the redesign. Whatever it takes, people!

Here’s a little peek at the new space along with some tips and tricks that helped me in creating a toddler-friendly space that would accommodate her interests and preferences, while still appealing to an adult aesthetic!

Transitioning To a Big Kid Room

*Have a plan

Going into a room redesign, whether it's for a toddler or an adult, it's important to have a plan. Sit down and jot down your inspiration. Ask yourself a few questions about what your child's interests are and what their favorite colors are. Write down what your storage needs are and how you need the space to be able to function. For us, the criteria was to create a space that would incorporate things my daughter loves (i.e. the color pink, animals, and all things sparkly) with things that I like or need (i.e. storage space, neutral colors, a design that she could grow into).

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Lauren Hartmann is the founder of The Little Things We Do, a blog about life and adventures in Portland Oregon. Follow her on TwitterFacebookPinterest and Instagram or catch up on all of her posts here on Babble.

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Lauren Hartmann is a wife, wardrobe stylist, and mama living in Portland, Oregon. She writes about her adventures in motherhood on Babble's Baby Channel. You can also find her blogging at The Little Things We Do or obsessively partaking in social media. Read bio and latest posts → Read Lauren's latest posts →

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