The Enduring Child's Room

Congratulations! You've just arrived home with your new bundle of joy. The nursery is complete with changing station, crib, glider and more. You are so proud of yourself for creating this adorable room for your baby to enjoy. Guess what? Time flies and 3 years from now you're realizing you need to get rid of the baby gear and create a more toddler-friendly space. In with the big bed, out with the crib.  And just as you're finishing those touches on that age-appropriate room, they're entering kindergarten, wanting to have sleepovers, becoming opinionated about how their room is decorated and more.  Life is exhausting enough without having to add extra fatigue by constantly redoing your child's room! So it is with much relief today that Charlotte designer, Catherine Walters with Circa Interiors, has offered to give us some great ideas on how to timelessly design your child's space. BACKGROUND:  After majoring in graphic design at UNC Chapel Hill, Catherine received a graduate degree in interior design. Catherine has been with CIRCA since 2002 and worked as a designer since 2005. Her design education coupled with her years at CIRCA allow Catherine to create beautiful, unique spaces for her clients busy lives and their wonderful homes. Catherine is a Charlotte native and a mother of twins.

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The Enduring Child's Room

There's a lot of excitement in planning a child's nursery and one can easily get wrapped up in all the 'things' you need to make life as simple as possible with a newborn. However, it's difficult to look to the future and know you'll probably need to redecorate that room a couple of times before they are out on their own. With that in mind, I try to look at the initial furnishings as pieces that can be adapted into older children's spaces over time. When selecting a crib, I try to stay less expensive. Trends are always changing and this is something a child won't stay in long. Besides if you plan to have more children, you may want a different look anyway. The Sparrow Crib by Oeuff is one of my favorites. It is simple and transitional and also works well with different styled rooms.  

Sparrow Crib (White)

If you have the space to incorporate a bed, twin or larger, take advantage of that by possibly using a pair of twin upholstered headboards as the ends of a daybed with the goal to separate and use as a pair for a toddler when that transition takes place. You can also think about using a king size headboard to attach to the wall as a daybed look, giving great style. Those will be worthwhile investments.

Catherine Walters (Circa Interiors)

Catherine Walters (Circa Interiors)

Style at Home

As for a changing table, I like to find a substantial chest with functioning drawers and place a cushion on top temporarily. This way the chest can then be used long after the baby has grown up.  Just make sure the chest is of standard height.

Heather Smith (Circa Interiors)

Noir Chest

Accessories are the key to making a child's room feel like their own. By incorporating items such as nursery rhyme prints or airplane mobiles, these reflect the age and interests of the child. As they grow older, accessories are easy to remove and allow you to transition into more age appropriate things.

Catherine Walters (Circa Interiors)

Heather Smith (Circa Interiors)

Elle Decor

Natural Curiosities

When choosing colors try to stay timeless and neutral to avoid lots of color changes later. I sometimes suggest using a cream paint on the walls and then paint just the ceiling a fun color of their choice: Farrow and Ball Light Blue, Pink Ground or even Pavilion Gray have all been great choices I've used in the past. It's a little less committal and can be changed fairly easy over time. Find ways to use color in accessories.

Catherine Walters (Circa Interiors)

Jane Schwab (Circa Interiors)

Farrow and Ball Light Blue

Farrow and Ball Pink Ground

Farrow and Ball Pavilion Gray

The best thing to do when planning a child's room is to have fun while trying to think both now and later even when purchasing items from day one. It will help manage the costs and headaches down the road...and be more environmentally friendly too!

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Thank you Catherine! These are such sensible tips for creating a functional and timeless space that will last far beyond the baby years for a child.

For more information on Catherine and her work with Circa Interiors, see below!

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 CATHERINE W. WALTERS 

CIRCA INTERIORS AND ANTIQUES

2321 Crescent Avenue / Charlotte, NC 28207

704.332.1668 retail

704.332.6369 studio

704.376-1197 fax

catherine@circainteriors.com

www.circainteriors.com

www.circainteriors.blogspot.com

www.circacatalog.com

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