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From floors to artwork, design children's rooms where kids will want to hang out

August 01, 2013

Hardwood FloorsChildren outgrow everything, including their bedrooms. With that in mind, parents can create a room design that grows with their kids, from the selection of double-duty furniture to a pile of pillows on a durable, easy-to-care-for floor from Anderson's Lincoln Plank collection.

The goal is to create a room where children want to spend time beyond dressing in the morning and sleeping at night. It should reflect their personalities as well as a sense of whimsy, according to

Go beyond basic home design
Furnishings must include a bed, good lighting and places for storage. But this basic decor can be brightened up with different colors, including children's favorite hues that are likely to change as they get older.

Lampshades can be painted in a matching hue, with stickers or decals in the theme chosen for the room. Soft furnishings, including bed linens, canopies and decorative pillows, can be made in reversible fabrics that can be switched over periodically.

Nothing is more inspiring than the wall art chosen for a youngster's room. It can create a focal point, reflect their special interests and show their personality in a way that few other decorating techniques can.

For children to feel safe and secure in their own room, advised parents not to situate over-sized furniture in a kid's room with the idea that they will outgrow children's furniture. It's better to compromise and choose medium-sized pieces so that a small tyke won't feel lost but will get some use from it for a few years.

Ask what they want
Choose a decorating scheme that can be easily replaced when children outgrow it. Or, pick a theme that can be changed into progressively more mature images and art styles as children get older. For instance, children's magazines provide plenty of nature and animal photos, often in vibrant colors. Allow children to pick their favorites and help them create a theme-based collage.

Parents should look to their children's interests when searching for a decorative border or artwork to display. There are plenty of wall stickers available in favorite children's characters, from princesses to dinosaurs. But if a child has an interest that doesn't fall into those general categories, stencils can be used to design one-of-a-kind decor.

If the children are old enough, they may be able to contribute the artwork themselves. Inexpensive poster board provides a blank canvas for youngsters to paint their favorite characters.