How to Easily Decorate (and Re-Decorate) a Child’s Bathroom
Busy Moms - check out this time-saving guide to planning and re-decorating your child's bathroom.
- Choo Choo Train Wallpaper
- Don't Be THAT Parent
- Constant Updating
- Key Elements of the Decorating Plan
- Mission Accomplished!
Choo Choo Train Wallpaper
No parent wants their 8-year-old’s bathroom to still have choo choo train wallpaper
– but sometimes Life gets in the way.
Decorating for kids is always a lot of fun, with all of those bright colors and adorable themes. It’s just over the top cute! It’s very easy for new parents and first-time grandparents to go overboard with the purchasing, planning and complexity of the design for a toddler’s bathroom. Unfortunately, by the time the “toddler” is 6 years old, things may have changed. Life got in the way. The parents and grandparents just don’t have time to pull down wallpaper and re-paint the child’s bathroom “right now,” so it stays…and stays.
Don't Be THAT Parent
To avoid that (unfortunate) situation, plan ahead to accommodate the next 2 (or 3!) décor changes for your child’s bathroom.
1. Walls, cabinets, fixtures and flooring should remain in neutral tones.
2. The accent colors and the theme should be provided by the (easily removable) shower curtain, rug, wall art/wall decals and cabinet hardware (cabinet knobs and drawer pulls).
3. Other elements that might be utilized to boost the accent colors or the theme include towels, a toothbrush holder, soap dish or trash can.
The theme in your child’s bathroom will have to be updated multiple times as your child matures. Here are just a few suggestions for each stage:
• Toddler/Pre-school - ABCs, frogs, jungle animals, sea life, vehicles and licensed TV & movie characters
• Early Elementary School - Dogs & cats, sports, lady bugs, robots, ballerinas and licensed TV & movie characters
• Tween/Middle School - Butterflies, skateboards, peace symbols, licensed TV & movie characters, college & professional sports teams
• High School/College - Bold colors, large geometric patterns, murals, quotes, and licensed TV & movie characters, college & professional sports teams
Key Elements of the Decorating Plan
• Shower Curtain: This one large element cements your theme. Whether you use a curtain with a simple cartoon frog, a licensed movie character, or just a bold color to set off the prints you bought online, the shower curtain is definitely the focal point of the room.
• Cabinet Hardware: Choose a bold, solid color drawer pull to complement the shower curtain colors, or if possible, represent your theme with a cabinet knob. There’s a very good chance that your chosen theme can be found online as a cabinet knob or drawer pull. Here are just a few kid-themed cabinet knobs you can find online: elephants, monkeys, dogs, cats, fish, whales, trucks, cars, planes, trains, fire trucks, bulldozers and tractors.
• Wall Art: Shop at craft stores (or online) to purchase cute, generic cartoon prints of tigers, fish, elephants, fire trucks and race cars, or licensed prints of TV & movie characters. Select colorful frames that complement the surroundings.
• Wall Decals: Substitute inexpensive, removable, wall decals for wallpaper or wallpaper borders. String the ABCs near the ceiling. “Fly” vintage planes all over the walls! A wide variety of themes available.
• Bathroom Rug: In a smaller space a rug in a solid color might be a better choice than the “matching” theme rug. The ensemble pieces can actually be very “busy” and sometimes (strangely) not very much like the shower curtain at all. A solid color rug in a coordinating shade can pull the look of the room together better, while also saving you money.
If you stick with this formula, the actual re-decorating process should be very easy. Not including your time spent shopping; the whole bathroom “make-over” should take less than 3 hours.