Dallas-based designer Stephanie Anne offer these decorating tips for the ages:
* Instead of using all pink for a girl, use yellow, green, purple and blue for versatility when the baby is older. These colors are easier to coordinate with fabrics. (Rugs help pull together many different colors.)
* Select bedding that has different patterns and colors. Stripes, geometric patterns, floral patterns and solids all transition well.
* A four-color, four-poster crib suits either a boy or girl. By changing the finials, you can add personality.
* Dressers can store diapers now but they can store clothes later. Farm-style doors offer easy access to supplies. A removable wooden changing pad is covered in fabric, but that can be easily removed later.
* Prepainted knobs add personality and can be easily changed.
* Toddlers like to play in their rooms, so foster creativity and independence by adding accessories and toys that they like.
* Remove the side of the crib rail, turning it into a toddler daybed. Keep the baby bedding but add pillows to the bed to make it cozy for a toddler.
* Add a stepstool so that kids can crawl into bed.
* A diaper stacker can now hold extra clothes.
* Get rid of the changing pad and add accessories on top of the dresser, formerly known as the changing table.
* Add to the room a toy box and a child-size seat, such as a rocking chair or covered chair. Add a slipcover to quickly update it as tastes change.
* Pre-teens and teen-agers both spend a lot of time in their rooms, so they need places to relax, do homework and hang out with their friends. One sleeping option to consider is a twin bed with a trundle bed for hosting an extra guest.
* Add new accessories to the top of the dresser to reflect the personality of your child.
* Update the lampshade and wall treatment.
* If needed, paint the room.
* Add a bulletin board for hanging photos, ticket stubs and party invitations. Add new artwork and accessories to the walls. Update the knobs and drawer pulls.
* The armoire may now hold makeup, a mirror, television, stereo and books, and the toy box now serves as a trunk for storing mementos, extra blankets, sports gear and more. It also adds extra seating in the room.
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