Grow Up Your Kid’s Room On a Budget

Decorating the nursery is a fun right of passage for new parents. You carefully select bedding, decor, and paint colors, then spend hours setting it up and imagining your new bundle of joy soundly sleeping in her crib.

What you don’t picture (besides the little bundle of joy never sleeping soundly) is how your big kid will look in that adorable pastel room.

Or how often your teen will roll his eyes at the zoo animals painted on the walls. But, if I don’t have the budget to update my own kitchen, I most definitely can’t update the girls’ rooms at every new stage. It would be time-consuming — and costly — to chase kids’ ever-changing tastes in decor. Luckily, there are a few simple, inexpensive things you can do to grow up your kids’ bedroom.

Check out these inexpensive updates:

  • Update Bedding 1 of 9
    Update Bedding
    Sometimes, all it takes is a simple change of bedding to update a room. Avoid characters that might feel "too young" down the road, and choose something that can grow with your kids. Our girls share a room, so I wanted something that would appeal to a little girl but still be cool enough for a tween. I found this reversible set — purple polka-dots on one side for my kindergartener, funky zebra stripes on the other for my tween.
  • Accent a Wall 2 of 9
    Accent a Wall
    Embelish just one wall with stripes, a fun color or something really creative. Instead of taking a whole weekend, you'd be able to do it in an afternoon. This wood accent wall was made with pallets! How cool is that? It gives the room a fun, new look without spending a lot of money.
    Photo and tutorial via Bower Power
  • Avoid Childish Murals 3 of 9
    Avoid Childish Murals
    A nursery mural may be fun, but what happens when the baby grows up? It's hard to bring yourself to paint over it, so your poor tween gets stuck with baby walls. As tempting and amazing as they look, you have to think past the baby/toddler stage when planning your kids' rooms.
    Photo Credit: Flickr user candyheartsandpaperflowers
  • Go Bold 4 of 9
    Go Bold
    Don't be afraid to go bold on the walls, especially as your kids age. A fun, solid color may be all you need to really grow up a room — this way, you can swap out inexpensive accessories like curtains and pillows instead of doing a total room overhaul.
    Photo and tween room details via Design Dazzle
  • Personalize It 5 of 9
    Personalize It
    Vinyl letter art allows you to make a room unique to your child — add their name or decals of whatever they're into. It's inexpensive and simple to switch out as their interests change. Check out this vinyl art tutorial By Wilma to create your own at home with a printer and scissors.
  • Make Your Own Curtains 6 of 9
    Make Your Own Curtains
    The girls' curtains are still pink Disney Princess ones — oops. That's the next update I'll be making in their room, and I totally love the idea of making curtains out of a flat sheet. We can use what we already have to match the bedding — the girls prefer to sleep with just their comforter anyway.
    Photo and tutorial via Welcome to Heardmont
  • Display Their Art 7 of 9
    Display Their Art
    Replace the baby bedding and changing table with an art gallery. Kids will love showing off their artwork, and it can be changed out as they grow. Plus, teens will love having a place to display photos of their friends once they've outgrown the need to color on every piece of paper in the house.
    Photo via Style Files
  • Tack It Up 8 of 9
    Tack It Up
    Tweens and teens love to have space to keep notes, write song lyrics, and hang pictures. Give them chalk, dry erase or a bulletin board — or all three! Make it a classic, simple piece that can be easily customized as the child grows and her interests change.
    Photo and tutorial via Thrifty Decor Mom
  • Shelf It 9 of 9
    Shelf It
    A wall of shelves starts with stuffed animals and baby things but eventually turns to sports' trophies, fun fads, and prom mementos. The trick is to stick with classic lines that grow with your child. That adorable teddy bear shelf looks great in a nursery, but your tween boy won't want to put his soccer trophy on it.
    Photo and more ideas via Project Nursery

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