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Spring time is the time for new beginnings as well as room refreshes! This go-around we are working on my youngest daughters room. She would describe her current room as “not my style” or “too mom-ish.” She says these like it’s a bad thing. A few years ago we ended up ditching our guest bedroom for my office and in turn, made her room suitable for guests. The girls sleep together every night anyways, but they enjoy having their own space. So it’s time for her to have something a little more playful and fun.
Kids Bedroom Refresh Ideas
Heres the Before
Room Refresh Staples: Furniture and Carpet
When doing a room refresh, especially for those with finicky taste, I like to keep things as simple and budget friendly as possible. Keeping with the same furniture and floor coverings really helps make this possible . Also letting little ones feel like they are part of the process helps so much.
“Let her sleep for when she wakes she will move mountains. Let her sleep for when she wakes she will shake the world.”napoleon bonaparte
Why We Love Carpet
Thankfully all of the bedrooms have carpet in them, instantly giving them the warm and cozy element that our kids need.
- There is a preconceived notion that carpet is too vanilla but there are so many styles, colors and patterns available that there is literally something for everyone. Soft, warm cushion underneath little feet in the morning is always in style. If you want to spice it up a bit, I love adding a throw rug to the top of a carpet for a bit of color without a huge expense.
- When the girls get going and bouncing off the walls it really helps dampen the sound of gymnastics tumbles while keeping them safe from slips and falls.
- After doing a bit of research on Carpet & Rug Institute, turns out new carpet is the lowest VOC-emitting flooring choice available. CRI’s Green Label Plus program is a third-party certification that demonstrates which products are among the lowest emitting carpet, adhesive and cushion products on the market. The vast majority of carpet sold in the US is certified Green Label Plus. It acts as a passive air filter, trapping dust, pollen, and particles- which removes them from the breathing zone. Which is so important in our littles spaces.
- Since our air quality is so bad outside right now, we are always trying to improve indoor air quality and carpet supports healthier spaces – including people with asthma and allergies. I am forever trying to figure out ways to help my girls keep their rooms clean and manageable and carpet really helps keep the dust down. Updated asthma/allergy guidelines from the National Institute of Health’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) do not include recommendations to remove carpet as a way to treat asthma and allergies
Let’s get to redecorating!
Choose a Color Palette
This is something I can definitely I can give control away on. Not that I am able to make any color work, but finding things that pull the colors together is relatively easy. She wanted blue and pink but wasn’t too specific on hues. I just knew I didn’t want this looking like a boy/girl nursery. So I went with pastel blues and florescent pink. Did I lose you yet?
Move Furniture Around
Not only does moving furniture around make the space instantly feel refreshed without spending a dollar. But it also allows us to do that deep cleaning we may or may not do on the regular like baseboards behind the bed etc. Or if you do this on the regular, you are far better than I am. So grab the vacuum and get to work as you are moving furniture to keep a handle on all the lego parts you will find under the bed.
Shop from Around the House for Accents
I love to move things around in the house creating new little vignettes. Not that I have a ton of extra laying in cabinets, but sometimes moving tchotchkes around helps refreshes multiple spaces. This includes books, florals/plants, accent furniture and knick knacks. So step away from the Dollar Spot, you already have something at home you can make new again. And a quick coat of spray paint will work magic in customizing it for the space. This balloon animal dog used to be gold and in our playroom and the candle sticks were on a bar cart.
Change Linens to Summer Grade
Wether you are doing a full on room refresh or not, it is imperative you loose the flannel sheets once the pollen drops. No one sleeps well when they are hot and as a mom we are always trying to figure out how to keep the kids asleep longer. Ditching the winter sheets for a fun summer print will help brighten the room and keep them in their beds longer. Win win! These sheets are my favorite for kids because they don’t break the bank and come in fun prints and colors making changing them out so easy. I also switched out the curtains between the two girls rooms since they are easily interchangeable. Now both daughters think they got a room refresh. Can you say BOGO?
Swap out Accent Pillows/Throw Blankets
To help tie everything together and add another pop on the bed, accent pillows are a great and affordable way to keep a palette consistent. I typically keep with white comforter and furniture so that most new things will always match. The only pillow purchased here was the Happy one. The others were borrowed from other areas of the house.
Update/Add Wall Art
These walls have been bare for too long! I meant to add some paneling and just haven’t gotten to it. So instead opted for some wall art to tie everything together. Urban Garden Prints are my go to because I can hang them in my daughters room for her “pink and blue safari theme” and then when that changes, I can move them somewhere new. I just love how affordable they are for the quality of paper and ink. Not to mention the texture they look like they have due to how they are printed. They look like I scoured vintage stores for days to find the perfect print without having to leave my couch.
Upgrade Lighting with this Simple DIY
Another thing I’ve been meaning to get around to for quite some time is replacing this light. I took the glass off of it forever ago with the expectation that I would find “a fancy chandelier” of my daughters choosing. But we haven’t gotten there and I’m not handy enough to do it on my own so it hasn’t been done yet. As I was laying on her bed watching TikTok (don’t judge) I saw how people were using baskets as easy light fixtures. And got me thinking of an easy temporary fix. This is literally just a lamp shade held on with a washer and nut to look like drum light. Best part, we already owned this lamp so zero cost!
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What are your favorite kids bedroom refresh ideas? Let me know in a comment below!