Whether you have an impatient teenager at home craving for privacy or grownup kids returning home, you’re probably thinking about turning a kid’s room into an adult room. While transforming the room can be a daunting and emotional process, there are several interesting ways to put a kids’ room to good use once they’ve grown up.
However, before you proceed to upgrade the room, make sure you give them prior notice as the room may hold sentimental values for your kids. Make it a point to go through the items in the room together. It doesn’t matter if your child is grown up, they may feel you’re violating their private sanctum if you simply remove the childhood belongings.
Once you’ve decided what stays and what goes, it’s time to remodel, redesign, and upgrade! Here’s what you should do.
9 Tips for Turning a Kid’s Room Into an Adult Room
1. Work Through the New Layout
Before removing and replacing any items, draft a detailed upgrade plan and prepare a budget. If you feel the basics are already in place, you can simply add new linens or furniture and repaint the walls. In any case, consider keeping the room as functional as possible without overcrowding it so that your grownup kids have ample space to be comfortable.
2. Explore Wall Color Options
If you’re trying to create a relaxing environment, use neutral tones such as grey, white, off-white, and beige. You can then add more colors with vibrant furniture and accessories. Nevertheless, if you want to go for a bolder look, you can consider contrast shades such as red and blue or grey and green. With SureSwatch, you can try all the colors you want and visualize them right on the walls!
3. Change the Lighting
It’s time to get rid of the lamp shades with cartoon characters. Find new lamps that look classy and elegant, or add some subtle shades to your existing lamps. Beautiful lamps can completely change the ambiance of the room. You can also decorate the room with string lights.
4. Install a Large Mirror
A new mirror can completely change the look and feel of the room. Kids’ rooms often have decorative mirrors with bright colors. Your teenagers will really like full-body dressing mirrors while getting dressed for college or work.
5. Get New Bedding
Sleeping in the same sheets you slept during your school days is not a very satisfying experience. And, it is even worse if your sheets have comic book characters on them. If you can spend a little more on bedding, replace the colorful bedding with subtle solid-shades. Sleeping in a new set of bedding with soothing colors and comfortable pillow can do wonders to the way you feel.
6. Retain Items That Matter
Remember, you don’t want your kids to feel you’re erasing their childhood. So, find a way to incorporate something from their childhood into the upgraded room. You could frame a portion of their childhood wallpaper and frame it or leave some childhood books on the shelf. You can even place their trophies on the shelf. This way your kids will feel connected to their room even after you overhaul it.
7. Keep It Simple
Adult rooms differ from kids’ rooms in their sophistication and simplicity. Starting fresh with more streamlined décor and furniture in beautiful colors can provide the room with a grown-up look. You can add stylish pieces such as a reading lamp, a lovely vase with fresh flowers, scented candles, a carpet, and more.
8. Make the Most of the Walls
Teenagers and young adults have a lot of things they love and are passionate about. So, you can make the most of the space on the walls by placing a large piece of art that really represents the person living in the room. Nothing feels more mature than a solid, flawless artwork. You can also think of other things to occupy the walls that are very specific about them. Instead of filling the walls with old pictures of school days, try to put something more permanent such as a guitar or baseball bat.
9. Add More Storage
If the room is low on storage, consider adding bookshelves, storage units, etc. If there’s more space, you can add a comfortable recliner or an accent chair. This way, the room can also be used as a guest room if required.
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