Children’s bedrooms are notoriously difficult to design. Ditch the cartoon themes and color-chaos for these designer tips from Steele Street Studios and you’ll create a calm space that won’t age even as your child does.

We’ve all stepped into a child’s bedroom and felt the sickly-sweet feeling of being trapped in time. Race car beds, Disney-themed comforters, or that time when Johnny really, really, really loved the color green? While it’s fun for a moment, those bedrooms eventually need to be re-designed as the child’s preferences, hobbies, and tastes mature.

At Steele Street Studios, our goal is to create homes that are not only beautiful but also truly reflect who the client is. In a child’s bedroom, that means creating a space for play, exploration, and rest that can morph and change as the child does. It’s surprisingly simple, if you take the time to plan.

Ditch the Theme. Rather than designing an entire room around a concept like princesses or sports, think of the child’s room like a canvas that can change over time. Keep the basics calm and quiet. Think light paint and wood furniture that can withstand the tests of time.

Layer in Color. Choose a rug or photograph as inspiration and then slowly layer its colors into the room. Layering can happen through fabric, bedding, pillows, and drapery and can change over the years without much difficulty.

Steele Street Studios is an interior design firm co-founded by Blair Kersenbrock and Shannon Lazic. Follow them on Instagram @steelestreetstudios or visit their website, to find more design inspiration for your child’s room and beyond