Points and Ideas For Decorating Kid’s Rooms

Kids rooms need to please both adults and children and provide a safe environment for multiple functions. How can all this be achieved in one room?

Kids love to be creative. Most kids bedrooms are decorated according to themes. Every child has something special they love. It can be butterflies, fish, or anything that can be developed into a theme for their room. Girls of course love the feminine colors, princess motifs, or ballerinas, and don’t forget the up dated Hannah Montana. Boys like the sports, baseball, football, soccer, skateboards, music, or high tech themes. Boys also like to be rugged and build forts or tents. Let the child tell you what colors he or she prefers. You can take a child drawing of what he or she envisions the room to be and develop a plan to decorate their room. The child may tell you in the drawing the sun is rising and you could use a beautiful yellow color as the backdrop for the walls. They may like flowers which can be placed on the bedding or the walls. Get the children to communicate what makes them feel happy and comfortable. By allowing them to help contribute to the decorating process they will develop planning skills, time management, a budget while shopping, and coordination of colors and patterns.

In the room you will need to designate areas for play and study, and a place to relax for sleeping. The placement of a rug can define a space and separate the study area from the sleeping area. Below we discuss how lighting, color and furniture will help designate the different areas. Texture of the rugs, bedding and surfaces will also help design the different spaces for the children to function in their rooms. You want to design so you achieve the highest and best use of the space.

Color plays an important part in decorating a room for a child. Certain high intensity colors, red for example may be to stimulating for their rooms. The brighter colors would be best used for accessories or organizational items. The bed linens might be another place you could introduce a brighter color.

Lighting also will be a key factor in developing multiple functioning areas. Proper task lighting for the study reading area, more subtle lighting for the sleeping area. Installing a dimmer switch might help to achieve the desired effect for when it’s time to wind down and sleep.

Lets talk a little about furniture. Selection of furniture depends upon several factors. How long do you plan to keep the furniture, will it be an investment? If so selecting a style and quality of furniture that will grow with the child is important. Paint and fabric are easy and inexpensive to change when you need to “grow the look.” Perhaps you want to purchase a juvenile looking set of furniture when they are young and upgrade when the child grows. This is not a bad idea. Most juvenile furniture sets that still have life can be sold after the child upgrades to a better quality set of furniture. The second group of furniture selected will probably last for the teen years, could go to college or be recycled for a guest bedroom. You can use built in furniture pieces for a custom look, or to develop a theme. Loft beds with desks underneath are another option to increase usable floor space. Or a furniture set with a storage bed and computer desk and hutch for storage.

Storage of course will always be needed in childrens rooms. Arrange frequently used items so they have easy accessibility. The average kids room has limited square footage, so every inch will count.
Increase the space available by organizing the closet. Vertical shelves with pull out baskets can hold clothing, toys, and treasures. Shelving to the top of the closet can hold items not used very often, suitcases, extra bedding, sports equipment, collections. Double hang rods for clothing. Top rod for seasonal items, uniforms, bottom for everyday use. Of course color coordinate the hangers and baskets with the room so if the closet doors are left open it will be a continuous space. With color coordination it will be easy for the children to pick up and put items in their place. Arranging the closet could turn into a game or a lesson with a directory so the child can learn life skills.

Combining patterns in your fabrics will add interest and life to the room. Select a floral or novelty pattern, a stripe, and a small dot or repeated pattern to build the room. The key is to keep all the fabrics in the same color family and the correct scale. Decorating consultants are available to offer guidance so your assured of professional results. All rooms need to be decorated age appropriate. Some items can grow with the child. Remember paint and fabric are easy and inexpensive to change when you need to “grow the look.” A neat, organized, room pulled together visually will help the child develop many life skills and appreciation for their surroundings.

A few easy inexpensive ideas and projects I’ve used for girls rooms are as follows:

Stamp a motif on the wall with a precut rubber stamp and paint to coordinate with your theme. I developed a Disney Princess theme and stamped Princess crowns on the wall and embellished the crowns with jewels. Just randomly add packaged jewels, pearls, or mirrored stones to make the crowns dazzle. Sometimes party favors can be used to embellish curtains or other items in a room. I used the clear acrylic “glass slippers” to finish off a Cinderella room valance.

Another idea position a half round sconce upside down as a focal point for a canopy. Gather the fabric for the canopy and attach inside the sconce, flow fabric out of the sconce, arch back on the sides with tie backs. This will give a soft, dreamy appearance depending on the amount and type of fabric used. Sconces can be found at thrift stores and painted to coordinate with the fabric, or covered with the fabric by attaching the fabric with spray on adhesive.

Ideas for boys rooms:

Graphic wall art can be used effectively for boys rooms. It gives color, interest, and can create a focal point in a room. It can be used in conjunction with artwork or posters. If your working with a race car theme, you could use a tire tread pattern on the walls. Paint a tire and do loops or figure eights. Finish with a black and white checkered board for a headboard or black and white tiles for the flooring. Little matchbox model cars can be attached to replace furniture knobs, or use for embellishment across a valance or shelf.

Laser printers can print a mural photo of a special place, event, or skyline and be attached to the wall as wallpaper or framed out as large art piece.

Remember for children’s rooms hang things at their level, so they can enjoy them.

Make a child room a place for them to retreat, have fun, and be proud to show to their friends.

My Favorite Things – A Guide to Decorating Girls Rooms

Sugar and spice………..and everything nice. Girls know what they like and what they don’t like. When decorating a girl’s room, the collaboration between girls and their parents should balance the wants and the needs.

Girls are particularly fussy about their rooms. Color is of the utmost importance. Girls understand at an early age that color affects their feelings. Girls are also more prone to hosting sleepovers so it is important that their room is a positive reflection to other girls. Light hues in pink, purple and green are especially popular with girls. The trend this year is to add white to the classic colors. The themes for girl rooms tend to be more romanticized and more connected to nature.

A popular look draws inspiration from the ocean. Walls are painted watery blues to mimic the ocean, neutral or sand-colored flooring with clouds on the ceiling. Accessories such as seashells, bottles of sand, paintings, etc are abundant. A terrific addition would be an alarm clock that wakes her up to the sounds of the waves crashing onto shore or the sound of seagulls.

The next two themes are based on the night sky. The first theme is starlight. There are so many fabrics, wallpapers and bed linens with star patterns. A star quilt will compliment the décor.

The second theme is moonlight softly glowing in the night sky. This can be duplicated in a girl’s room by painting the ceiling midnight blue. Add a painted moon and stars. A moon and star quilt and window treatment along with a moon cutout headboard will complete the focus.

Flower power is always a popular theme for girls. The love affair of flowers starts when they are very young. Most girl drawings are of flowers. Girls love the bright and bold colors of colors: orange, sun yellow, lime green and watermelon pinks. They are many flower designs from the simple to the elaborate. Some of the accessories for the flower theme would be the flowery fabrics for valances, window seat pillows and comforters or quilts. Flowers can be painted on the walls or color photographs of flowers can be framed and hung. A complimentary theme is butterflies and bees.

Another favorite theme for girls and for parents is the cottage theme. For this décor theme, you can use a lot of second-hand furniture. Also the cottage theme is very easy because white is the main color with accents of pink, sky blue and pale green. Furniture such as dressers and tables are painted. Fabric choices include florals, stripes and ginghams.

Area rugs are an important accessory in a girl’s room. An ocean-theme room could have a muted blue or light green area rug or one detailed with a seashell. An area rug with stars, whether small stars, large stars, or a combination would work well in either the starlight or moonlight-themed room. Flowers, butterflies or pretty pastel area rugs would complement a cottage theme or a flower theme.

Allow girls to be part of decorating their bedroom. From the theme selection to purchasing the bed linens and accessories, girls should be involved in this process. You never know, your daughter could grow up to be the next Martha Stewart!

Decorating a Girls Bedroom Can Be Fun and Easy

Decorating a little girl’s bedroom is easy when you take your child’s personality into account. Even by the age of three, most children have already formed a preference for favorite colors or themes. If possible, incorporate your child’s favorites into the room when you decorate.

One of the easiest ways to begin the decorating process is to start with a children’s bedding set based on the size of bed you have or will be placing in the bedroom. Children’s bedding can be purchased piece by piece, and you can mix and match your own choice of sheets, pillows, pillow shams, comforter, bed skirt, and throw pillows if you wish – and even match or coordinate them to the curtains in the room. But if you want to make things easier or if you feel a bit challenged as a decorator, comforter sets are a wonderful option because they’ve taken all of the guesswork out of the mixing and matching. Everything in the set coordinates well with the other pieces and looks great together.

Chances are if you’re decorating a young girl’s bedroom, she may just have graduated from a crib into a big bed. And you probably had one or more baby crib bedding sets that matched the room perfectly. While children’s bedding is generally not sold in the same prints or patterns – after all, your baby is now a little girl, not an infant – chances are you can find a beautiful set of bedding that will coordinate with the paint colors you already have in the room.

Of course, if you prefer, painting the entire room or even just one wall a different color to make an accent wall is simple and inexpensive to do, and it can truly make the difference between the room being a nursery and now becoming a “big girl’s” room. Along with any new painting you wish to do, this is a great time to get a few new wall decorations or accessories that reflect your child’s favorites and her developing personality. And, of course, your child is still young enough that you’ll definitely want to include some of the things you love most in her room, as well.

If you want to incorporate a theme into your little girl’s room, there are some fun themes in vogue right now that you may want to capitalize on. One favorite theme is the princess room. Every little girl loves to watch Cinderella, Snow White, and Beauty and the Beast and play pretend, and most dream of being a princess. So create a princess room for her!

Typically a princess room includes pastels or a muted color palette, but there is still a wide variety of colors you can choose from within this range. White, pink (in one or more shades), light pastel mint green, yellow, and even baby blue all make wonderful wall or accent colors for the room. You can use one or a combination of these colors on the walls, woodworking, and even wooden furniture in the room.

Hang a sparkling magic wand on the wall, paint a crown or other motif on the wall, or purchase a wallpaper border featuring princesses. Add a mirror at your child’s height so she can play dress-up and princess, and be sure to include an adorable chair your daughter can adopt as her throne. Give her a tiara and some dress up clothes to play with, and she’ll love spending time in her bedroom.

Other great theme ideas for little girls include favorite animals (kittens, puppies, ponies), cowgirls, pastel patchwork quilts, flowers, butterflies, paisley, polka dots, stripes, and other geometric shapes. In addition to pastels and pink – an ever-popular choice for little girls – new color schemes are emerging for girls’ bedrooms, as well. Consider pale aqua blue walls with chocolate colored curtains or accents or pink with chocolate brown, as well. Both of these color schemes in solids, stripes, and polka dots have emerged as a popular trend recently.

Decorating your little girl’s room doesn’t have to be difficult. Let her help you pick out the children’s bedding set for her room and then build a theme around her choice. Add a little paint, some accessories, and a lot of love, and your daughter will adore her new bedroom decor!