March 07, 2014
Kids need bedrooms that will grow with them, reflecting their personal interests and providing furniture that fits their needs as they get older. Children's rooms should include furnishings that do double-duty - such as a play table that can be converted later to a desk - and durable hickory hardwood flooring like Anderson's Eagle Lodge collection.
The goal is to create a room design that turns a bedroom into a place where children want to do more than get dressed for school in the morning and sleep at night. Using their favorite colors and their hobbies as a guide, kids' rooms can be turned into personal retreats where they can host friends, relax on their own and do schoolwork.
Always provide plenty of storage in a kid's room to keep their building sets, games, books and stuffed animals under control. Choose storage bins in hues that coordinate with the room's color plan or by staining wood shelves in a tone that's compatible with the floors.
Select a theme
Start by choosing 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 youngsters get older.
Children's magazines provide plenty of nature and animal photos, often in vibrant colors. Allow kids to pick their favorites and help them create a theme-based collage that can be mounted as a poster or a series of images.
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 art work themselves.
To design a space that appeals to a child's sense of whimsy, Frugally Minded recommended painting old furniture in different colors as the child grows and their room decor changes.
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.
Select one wall in the room that showcases children's own art work. It will create a focal point, reflect their special interests and show their personality in a way that few other decorating techniques can.