Video:Decorating Rooms for Kidswith Anne-Marie Barton
Kids want their bedrooms to feel like their own personal space. Here are just a few cost-conscious ideas for creating cool rooms for your kids.See Transcript
Transcript:Decorating Rooms for KidsWe can all relate to the feeling of needing a room of one's own. Kids are no exception. In fact, living in a comfortable, stylish space is a vital step in a child's maturing process. Here are some tips for creating a bedroom your kid will love, for years to come.
Plan Decorating with Your KidStart off on the right foot by involving your child in the decision-making process. This means letting them choose colors, themes, bedding, some of the things that will imprint their unique personality on the most important place in their life.
Essentials When Decorating Rooms for KidsThere are some basic rules of thumb I like to follow when designing a great kids' room that will take your child from crib to college.
- First, make sure the closet is well-organized and accessible; kids are happier when they can find their favorite things easily.
- Desks are essential, for homework and being creative as well as for storing personal items.
- Want to decrease the mess factor in advance? Hang a variety of hooks around the room. Then there's no excuse for not hanging bags, athletic equipment or just about anything else that could end up on the floor.
- Clothes hampers are also crucial for obvious reasons.
- A chair or bench for friends to sit on is a cool, functional way to add a homey touch.
- As is comfy bedding they'll look forward to getting into each night.
Kid's Personality and Decorating RoomsOne of the most important aspects of designing a kids' room is making it an extension of their personality. Does your child have a favorite pastime or hobby? Incorporate it into the room. Hang their snowboard on the wall or frame the artwork they're most proud of. Sometimes the addition of a special, magical element-a tea party setting or beaded lighting, for instance-makes a statement.
Decorating With Color in Rooms for KidsDon't limit yourself to what you think of as "kids colors" or materials. Elegant palettes can reflect a child's personality too, as can unique treatments, such as plastering or painted bead board.
Furniture and Decorating Rooms for KidsAs far as furniture goes, invest in quality pieces if you can. Well-constructed beds, desks and dressers will last for years and cost you less in the long run. Plus, you can bequeath that furniture to your kids when they move to their own homes.
Storage and Decorating Rooms for KidsOne thing that quickly gets out of control with younger kids is toys. My solution? Designate another area of the house-a family room or play room-as toy central and rotate large buckets of toys into kids' rooms as needed. Not only will that keep their room's supply fresh and varied, it will prevent the mess from reaching disaster proportions.
Now it's time to get started designing that room, and remember: Don't discount the value of a nice bedroom for your children. They'll spend years in it, why not make it special?
I'm Anne-Marie Barton, About Home & Garden.
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