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Children’s bedroom design tips for easy updates as your child grows

Simple updates combined with essential design elements for a bedroom that stays relevant from kindergarten through high school graduation.

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In the HGTV® Smart Home 2021 children’s bunk bedroom, interior designer Tiffany Brooks made smart design choices to help the room age gracefully as its young occupants grow older. Bunk beds provide a fun and functional centerpiece, while other decor elements can be aged up or down to fit the child’s interests as they change through the years.

A neutral color base never goes out of style

Rather than making a statement with bold colors on the walls, Brooks opts for a neutral base palette of white walls and light gray on the bunk bed frames and surrounding shiplap. Two skylights bring in plenty of natural light, which bounces off the light-colored surfaces.

With a neutral base, the room can quickly and easily be updated by changing accessories such as the draperies, pillows, rugs and desk.

Swappable accessories make updating easy

Throw pillows, bedding, rugs and draperies can be switched up as the child ages. Envision the room decked out for a toddler with themed pillows, comforter and wall art. As the child gets older, update those items with their new superhero-inspired obsession or a change in color preference.

Even updating the rug periodically can change the whole mood of the room. The leopard print brings a playful sophistication for a teenager, but, designed for a younger occupant, the rug could include a playful rainbow or primary color theme that’s as much of a learning tool as an element of decor.

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Natural light and fresh air create healthier bedrooms

VELUX No Leak Solar Powered “Fresh Air” Skylights fill the bedroom with natural light and fresh air. Based on home surveys, children’s bedrooms have been shown to have indoor air quality issues related to CO2 buildup, and children are more susceptible to health problems, such as asthma, related to indoor air pollution.

The skylights in the children’s bunk bedroom open to create natural airflow, releasing polluted air and humidity. And with plenty of daylight, a proven mood enhancer, the room is a space conducive to learning.

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And don’t worry about darkening the room for nap time or nighttime sleeping. The skylights have room darkening blinds operated by remote control or smartphone app. Each function can also be automated with the VELUX ACTIVE with NETATMO skylight automation system, so the skylights and blinds automatically open and close based on data from an indoor climate sensor and an online weather station.

Ready to learn more about the benefits of skylights to bedrooms? Download our bedroom design guide for inspiration and ideas.

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