- Create a design that reflects your child’s interests and personality. Is he into video games? is she into ice skating? you can borrow design elements from their favorite past time, sports or hobby. How great is this skateboard shelf and coat hanger I found on FreshHome.com? Perfect for any kid who loves the ramps.
- Come up with a central theme and work around it. You don’t have to go overboard with the theme…just include a few theme inspired pieces that will tell the story.
- Color, color, color – Kids dream in color, and while your design sensibilities may be all white, beige and light grey, your kid would appreciate a colorful universe they can call their own. Here is an example of a great, fun design that is not afraid to use bold color and lots of it. Which little princess would not love this room which looks like it was taken straight out of Princess Jasmin’s quarters? The shaggy, white rug by HomeDynamix and the gold poufs from Badia Design, help tie the whole look together, making this room super cozy and inviting.
- Get sticky with it – I love decals. They are cheap, cool and can really turn any room around. “The trick with decals is to choose good quality ones and to avoid cartoonish characters,” says Einat Mazafi of Over the Top Mom. Your kid may love Mickey Mouse and Goofy today, but will grow out of it really fast, and you will get stuck with a goofy looking room decor (pun intended.”)
- Along the same lines of the previous point… choose furniture and decor that are scalable. Kids grow up fast (way too fast) and their tastes change. Try to choose items that can grow with them and will only need to be modified slightly to fit their new tween or teen status.
- Finally, don’t go crazy with expensive furniture or decor pieces that can break the bank. You may want to modify your design as your kids get older, or even change it all together, so now is a good time to be frugal and find great design elements that only look like they cost a fortune. I always like to spend a few hours on Pintrest and on Etsy to find design inspiration and great pieces to go along with it.
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