About this Photo
Style: Amanzi (African)
Color: Chocolate Brown
Size: 3 inches
Art: Music Notes Pair 5B
When our kids were young, we’d decorate their bedrooms with pastel colors, stuffed animals, cutesy graphics and occasionally, themes such as airplanes, Disney movies, and the like. As the kids grow up, however, the room’s look and decoration will have to grow up with them.
At some point, your growing son or daughter will want a room that looks less juvenile and is in keeping with their new status as a “teenager” or “growing up”. This reminds us of a friend who, years ago, used to bring her little daughter to and from school everyday. At the school’s gates, Mom would get out of the car and give the kid a hug and a kiss, hand over her schoolbag and lunchbox, and leave after the daughter had gone inside the gates. Until one day, when the little girl was in the fourth grade, Mom started to kiss her and the little one said: “Mom, don’t kiss me here! Everyone will see!” “Oops, sorry, honey,” Mom said. She didn’t get offended; it was a realization that her little baby was growing up.
You’ll know when your kid is growing up when he or she starts harping about the bedroom looking “too cutesy” or “too babyish for me.” You’ll probably want something that will grow with the kid until he/she becomes a young adult. Our kids have their own likes and interests, and one way of making their bedrooms a place they’ll love is to allow them to express that interest through décor. For a cost-effective décor idea, try decorative lettering. Here’s a great example.
This room belongs to a budding teenager who loves music. On the bulletin board, you’ll find posters of rock stars and their gigs. The kid’s musical instrument of choice is drums, hence the small drumset on the bed. A small metal sculpture of a drummer playing on a drumset makes a fitting night table accent. We added the quote “Rhythm, Enthusiasm, March” above the bulletin board, using the Amanzi (African Category) Lettering Style in Chocolate Brown, 3 inches high. To separate the words, we used the Music Notes Pair 5 (B) – Lettering Art – 13-B, also in Chocolate Brown.
This kind of décor will keep for the next five years or so until the child is a full-grown adult, or until he wants a change. The nice thing about décor like this, especially the decorative lettering, is that it’s gender friendly – you can use this or a boy or a girl. Plus, it’s very easy to remove so when your child asks for a change you can peel the lettering off within minutes. Your kid can actually affix this lettering on the wall himself, with no help needed from you. All he will need is a step ladder or a chair to step on while positioning and rubbing the lettering in.
You’ll find more decorating ideas and quotes in our teens’ room, kids’ room, and music room pages.