This week on Instagram I’ve been talking about transitioning my son’s room from a nursery to a toddler room so I thought I’d talk about here as well! Now that our kiddo is two (going on teenager), I think he’s ready for a big boy update. It also feels like the perfect summer project!

Now there a lot of different directions I could go and I’m having a bit of tough time zeroing in on one big idea.

toddler room designs on Apartment 34

I’m certainly drawn to Scandi-style which I think could easily evolve and grow as my kid does.

toddler room designs on Apartment 34

At the same time, an accent wall situation would add fun color and playfulness.

toddler room designs on Apartment 34

This loft bed situation is a kid’s dream come true.

toddler room designs on Apartment 34

Though a more rustic version is probably more realistic. I do love how loft beds offer more place space underneath them.

toddler room designs on Apartment 34

This space is just precious, but I’m afraid it won’t age well. I’m not really looking to redo this kids room every 1-2 years.

toddler room designs on Apartment 34

And of course, my minimalist tendencies creep back in and I think maybe I just keep things really clean, cool and simple. But is that not playful enough??

What say you?? Anyone experienced with the evolving kid room challenge who cares to share their secrets? Any particularly fun ideas you’ve seen or mistakes you’ve made?! Design aficionados – any genius ideas?? I’m in the mood boarding phase at the moment so I’ll definitely share where I land!


You can check out what the nursery looks like at the moment right HERE. Also, head to Instagram to see the full tour before my story expires!

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  1. What does your little boy like? Super heroes? Disney? Race cars? Airplanes? Tech? The outdoors? Sports? My advice, choose a theme that can carry him up to his teenaged years, and at that point (13-14) the theme can become more sophisticated and adult-sized. Teach him early on, about “classics”, about “quality” (rather than quantity); and the case-goods (dresser, chest, armoires, shelving units), upholstered items, and beds, that you purchase, can last longer as he grows and changes. Accessories (which are less expensive), can change often (pictures, pillows, bed-sheets, rugs), and can be updated as he grows up.

  2. Thank you for the isnpo. Currently planning on how to transform one big room for my 4 and 1 1-2 year old.