K-12: 10 Tips for Creating a Girl’s Bedroom She Won’t Outgrow

As much as I love the idea of completely redoing my little girl’s bedroom (and my whole house, for that matter) every year, it’s definitely not the most practical of ways to go. I’ve learned as they’ve gotten older that sometimes the most minimal route works best, but that’s not to say we don’t have our share of girly frills.

There are many tricks that can be used to decorate a room in a way that can grow with your child. It’s important to keep in mind what fabrics, themes, and furniture you want to use. It’s all about finding the perfect balance for each age while still creating a fun space for your child.

Check out these decorating tips for creating a bedroom that your little girl won’t outgrow.

  • Take a Minimalistic Approach 1 of 10

    Soft, pale pink works great in a girl's room regardless of age. The basic bed frame keeps the room looking mature, yet the bedding gives it a youthful spirit. 


    Photo via Land of Nod.

  • Play with Prints 2 of 10

    Pair minimal prints with bright colors to make the room pop. Instead of choosing prints that may become too childish, go for a more classic chevron or striped pattern. This will make it easier if you want to incorporate new items into the room throughout the years because these patterns can pretty much go with anything.


    Photo via Land of Nod.

  • Go with Soft Colors 3 of 10

    Although primary and bright colors can create a playful atmosphere, you might be better off sticking with more muted tones, like this blush pink and gray. A canopy bed is also a fantastic piece of furniture to work with. Hang curtains on it to make it more of a 'princess' bed when she's young, and remove them if she wants to once she gets older. 


    Photo via Land of Nod.

  • Opt for Ruffles 4 of 10

    Ruffles make everything a little extra girly, but mixing it with clean white and animal print keeps the room from looking too childish.


    When decorating, look out for versatile furniture, like the nightstand and bed. No matter what new fabrics or art you bring into the room, the nightstand and bed will still tie it all together.


    Photo via Pottery Barn Kids.

  • Feature a Little Bit of the New (and Old!) 5 of 10

    When you're designing a room that will grow with your child, bring in timeless elements, like this vintage art and suitcase. Using vintage art is a nice alternative to buying modern wall decor that can quickly become dated.  


    Photo via Land of Nod.

  • Make a Shared Room That Grows 6 of 10

    If you are opting for a bunk bed, choose one that is sturdy enough to last throughout the years. Because a bunk bed is such a large piece of furniture, you can have some fun and go for one with a different style. This bunk bed adds character to the room, and once the kids get older, you can style the bottom bunk to look more like a day bed.   


    Photo via Restoration Hardware.

  • Add a Hint of Sparkle 7 of 10

    It's good to keep in mind not to go too overboard in any one direction when decorating a room. Bring sparkle into the room with a light, like this chandelier. It makes a strong impact in the room without appearing overbearing.


    Photo via Restoration Hardware.

  • Use Natural Colors 8 of 10

    One of the easiest ways to decorate is by primarily using natural colors, like this white, black, gray, and brown. Accessories can be added to this color scheme throughout the years, like colorful pillows and art, without having to redecorate the entire room.


    Photo via Restoration Hardware.

  • Focus on a Pop of Color 9 of 10

    Here is a great example of how adding a pop of color makes a big difference without the commitment. Use bed linens to add dimension to the room, and change them out as they get older.  


    Photo via Restoration Hardware.

  • Pick a Theme She’ll Love Forever 10 of 10

    There are many ways you can add a theme to a room without making it the center of everything. One year she might be into butterflies, while the next year she might not want anything to do with them. Instead of running out for that butterfly wall paper, just incorporate bedding or accessories with the theme.  


    Photo via Pottery Barn Kids.

Jacinda Boneau is a fabric designer and founding co-editor at Pretty Prudent, the premier design and lifestyle blog providing inspiration and instruction to help anyone create beautiful things, food, and experiences for their friends and family.

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