Room to Grow 4

Ideas for designing kids’ spaces that 
can grow with them

Pristine, showstopper nurseries are booming in the design world. And yet babies grow out of their nurseries in a flash and kids’ interests can change by the hour. The demands for transition are as constant as the growth of kids themselves.

Smyrna-based interior designer Devin Taylor gets it. She has kids. And she’s fabulous. Her top advice for combining those two things? Think versatility.

LIMIT JUVENILE PIECES

Choosing pieces that aren’t so juvenile means you can use them in other rooms or leave them in the child’s room for years to come. And if Mickey Mouse or Mother Goose just have to make an appearance, buy a few inexpensive decorative items that can be easily phased out as the child grows.

DON’T INVEST IN A THEME

Taylor likes to aim for the essence of the theme. “Try not to be too literal,” she suggests. For example, a Georgia Bulldog theme could be achieved by accenting a neutral palette with red and black and a few vintage photographs of UGA football.

DO INVEST IN FURNITURE

Splurge on pieces that can go from nursery to adulthood. Devin likes to aim for straight lines and traditional elements, since those will be the most versatile styles. Taylor says furniture should be the first item considered—even before paint.

PLAN THE PALETTE

When selecting paint, Taylor says “you want it to be cohesive with the rest of the house. Don’t make a color departure that doesn’t blend.” Think about the house as a whole. Is it mostly warm tones or cool tones? Try to stick with one or the other.

UNCOVER THE TREND

Taylor suggests collecting images of favorite styles in a Houzz or Pinterest board. Look for trends to emerge. Is there an overall rustic feel or more of a modern edge? Are flamingos making a frequent appearance? Perhaps that doesn’t mean a flamingo theme is materializing; maybe it simply means bright coral should be the room’s dominant accent color and playful should be the mood. Idea boards can narrow down style, palette, and mood for a room, which will make collecting items easier and more enjoyable.

DON’T OVER-DECORATE

If a child’s room is fully decorated and planned out from birth, there isn’t any room left for Mason jars filled with seashells and snapshots of smash cakes. Leave space for life to happen, collections to unfold, creations to be made, and interests to develop.

THINK HOME

Ultimately, Taylor believes a home is about growing and the change that goes along with that. She says, “The great thing is that every family is special and different and you become a mood creator and organizer. It’s just not about fabrics and color. Especially when dealing with children. It’s about comfort and living well.”