When we put the crib away I searched for construction theme items for his "big boy" room (which are plentiful, btw) and it turned out really cute.
Over his bathroom door.
The bottom bunk.*
Now, it's time for a change. He no longer squeals with delight when we pass a construction site. He loves sea life, and also Star Wars. And of course, there's football. He is turning 7 soon and needs a "bigger boy" room.
His room has lasted 4 years and I'm happy with that for a toddler room. I want the next iteration to last at least that long.
I am thinking of doing a "base plus theme" approach for his room. So my "base" would be the basics - drapes, quilts, lamps, etc., done in a stripe or plaid that will be ever appropriate for a growing boy. The "theme" would come in with the valances, sheets, pillows, art work - things more easily (and less expensively) changed out to reflect his interests.
I could start by keeping his red drapes which I like, just changing valances (which would be inexpensive to switch out), and keeping his lamps.
Basics I like (from Pottery Barn though I'm not necessarily going to buy from them)--
A nice stripe.
I'm struggling because my impulse is to "do a theme!" I see the Star Wars set at Pottery Barn Kids and he would love that so much!
The Star Wars phase could last another 4 years for him. Or not. If it doesn't, will he even care about still having this quilt?
I have set some money aside, I'm in no hurry and can wait for sales. What do you think?
When you do your kids rooms how do you approach it? Do you choose a theme? Is it based on their favorite toy/movie/etc.? Or do you go generic? And do you let anything fly (like allowing a bunch of football posters go up in your carefully designed sailboat room)?
*At the time, he really wanted his walls painted "Home Depot orange" but he (thankfully) settled for buying sheets in Home Depot orange.
PS: The reason I'm overthinking this is because I am seeing my boys grow up so fast. I possibly only have one more room to help Shark with before he'll not care or be very pre-teen opinionated and want Lord knows what. I look at my baby's nursery, my last nursery which I love, and realize that soon he'll need a big boy room too. (Cowboys? Trains? Maybe Food?) I want to really enjoy this one relatively small thing while I can. (#hangingontoeverymoment)