From Tots to Teens – Tips on Designing Your Child’s Room

by Star Furniture on August 8, 2013

The possibilities are endless when it comes to decorating for children. It may seem intimidating at first, but keep in mind that this space should be relaxed, fun, and whimsical. This is the perfect opportunity to bond with your child as you select items and colors with them, as well as bring out your inner-child.

Incorporate Current Trends
There are so many design trends that have made their way into children’s décor lately and by choosing one or two, you can develop a direction for the room as a whole. Here are some of those trends…

Chevron Stripes – Whether on one wall, on upholstered items or rugs this striking pattern is an eye catcher. I’ve seen chevron stripes that are all the same color, some that go from a dark shade of one color to a lighter, and some that alternate two or three colors. It’s hard to go wrong with chevron, but since it is such a bold visual, make sure that you’re eye has other places within the room to rest.

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Chalkboard Paint – This special paint gives little ones the ability to express their creativity. Just make sure (if they are younger) that they know that this type of wall is special and that other walls aren’t for drawing on. Similarly, magnetic boards provide a creative outlet minus the chalk. And it’s easy to attach magnets to existing (smaller) toys to use on a magnetic wall.

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Bold Colors and Eye-Popping Prints – A child’s room is the best place to be playful. If they’re old enough, ask them what color they want to be their “main” color and maybe even take a trip to the paint store together.

From your main color, pick either complimentary colors, or contrasting colors, and add those pops of color throughout the room using accessories, upholstery or artwork.

Find some fun prints and mix them into the décor. Layering patterns and prints create a whimsical mix of visual interest. Just make sure that patterns don’t clash or become to overwhelmingly busy.

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Wallpaper – Wallpaper is once again on the rise. You can frame an area of a large wall and wallpaper just that section; you can wallpaper one accent wall, the entire room or even just frame it in regular wall hanging frames. It adds a dash of pattern and excitement and can tie into your theme if you have one.

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Get Them Organized
Keep the chaos under control in your child’s room. When designing their room, make storage a priority. Beds with under bed storage units are a great solution for storing out of season clothes or extra toys. Shelves and baskets are an attractive solution for hiding a lot of items. And if you want to keep things completely out of sight, cabinets might be the way to go.

When considering what furniture to buy for your child’s room, look for items that have multiple purposes. Desks with hutches, cork-boards and shelves, dressers with built-in jewelry trays, or full-length mirrors that open to reveal extra storage; the more dual purpose pieces you choose, the less organizing nick-knacks you’ll have to buy in the future.

And don’t forget that toys themselves can be used for décor purposes. Arrange colorful (and maybe lesser used) toys on shelves or in cubby’s as the perfect accessories.

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Incorporate Hand Made Items
Whether it’s a quilt you made, the child’s name in letters hanging on the wall, monogrammed pillows or mom-made picture frames, a little touch of personal attention goes a long way to make the room feel warm, inviting and personalized.

Little DIY projects are all the rage, and can become a fun family activity if your child is old enough. They’ll be proud to showcase their new craft in that beautifully decorated room. Hand made items are the perfect finishing touch to any bedroom.

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For more inspiration when it comes to decorating for kids, or finding crafts to do with your children, visit our (Star Furniture’s) Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/StarFurniture/kids-decorating-ideas/

 

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Gigi McGuire August 8, 2013 at 12:14 pm

This was really helpful! Thanks!

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