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Choose a bright solid drape to take your child into their teen years

Decorating your child's room as they grow up can be challenging, but if you do it together, it doesn't have to be.

Decorating your child's room as they grow up can be challenging, but if you do it together, it doesn't have to be.

If you're a parent, you know how quickly all of the years of your child's life fly by. You will often find yourself asking where  the time went, and how your baby, who used to be a small bundle of joy has gotten so big so quickly.

But along with the minor heartbreak that comes with aging children comes new joyous moments as your baby comes closer to adulthood. A desire to redecorate his or her room, and rid it of "babyish" accents might be just one of the signs that your kid is growing up.

This means that your child will want to have more input in deciding on the decor that will carry them through their teenage years, and you should encourage their creativity by allowing them to influence the design. After all, they spend more time in this room than anyone else.

It is best to avoid patterns in this time of transition, since these can quickly fall in and out of fashion, a process that is much more accelerated on the whims of a child. When selecting the window treatments for your tyke's room, pick something simple but in a bold color.

Your child isn't likely to change their tastes so much that they decide on a different favorite color, so stick with a primary color for the curtains and drapes in your little one's room. Don't forget that, while he or she is growing up, your child is still just a child. Don't choose an overly dressy fabric then, when a simple cotton drape will suffice.

By collaborating with your little one, the two of you can settle on a decor that you both like and that will suit your child well into young adulthood.