Our family has at last reached a seriously longed for milestone: our son finally has his own room. I’ve mentioned it here and there, but up until the end of January, he was either bed sharing with me and his dad, or sleeping in his own bed in a corner of our room. We recently moved into a slightly larger apartment that came with the most wondrous of all things: a second bedroom.
When I asked him what color he wanted his room to be, he said black (it’s his favorite). When I asked what he wanted on the walls, he said black things. When I asked if he still wanted his thrifted Harry Potter blanket, he said ok, but he wanted black everything else. I politely and sweetly smiled at him, told him there was no way my preschooler was going to have an all-black room (we can save that for the teen years, guys), and proceeded to tell him I was thinking of picking a color from the cover of The Cloud Spinner and decorating the room in our usual style of hand-me-downs and hodge podge. He begrudgingly agreed.
While I was painting the walls it dawned on me that this is probably how most people approach decorating their baby’s nursery or young child’s room — they do what they want, and assume the kid will like it. I’ve always been of the opinion that kid’s rooms are for playing and dreaming, sometimes sleeping and often times growing, and that they should reflect that.
What’s great about this interpretation is that it’s open — if your aesthetic is monochromatic or all white and sort of Scandanavian, then you can get all dreamy with sheep mobiles and clouds hanging from the ceiling. If you’re more into rainbows and bright colors, you can rainbow the room. If you’re like me and your style is best described as flea market chic… you can go crazy.
What factors led you to decide on what your baby’s nursery would look like? For those with older kids: at what age did you let your kids weigh in on their room decor?