Kid's Bedroom Accessory Use
First of all what is an accessory? According to Dictionary.com an accessory is: a) A subordinate or supplementary item; OR b) Something nonessential but desirable that contributes to an effect or result.
Well I don't know about you, but part "b" covers a lot of my stuff! It's not necessary, but I want it! So, a bedroom accessory could be just about anything besides the furniture, the bedding and the window treatments.
If you can answer this one question, all the other considerations will fall into place!
To me the most important question to ask yourself is how long do you want to use it? Do you want this accessory to last for years and be usable with several different types of bedroom themes, or do you want something cute and funky that will only last through the current theme room you're working on?
Your answer will determine how much time and money you want to spend on your bedrooms accessories.
Bedroom Accessory Examples
In the baby nursery, you might have a diaper stacker, crib mobile, area rug, night light, lamp, or wall decor for bedroom accessories.
In the kids' rooms, you could have a lot of the same bedrooms accessories. Area rug, night light, lamp, wall decor as well as some throw pillows, a throw, coat rack, floor cushions, fabric bed canopies, sports racks, cd/dvd racks etc.
Wall decor as a bedroom accessory covers anything and everything on the walls. It could be Wallies cutouts, decorative shelving, mirrors, posters, pictures & message boards etc.
This is also a case of, 'you CAN have too much of a good thing'. If you get too many things on the walls, it can easily look cluttered and unorganized. So if your child likes to stick photos and posters on the wall, give her a specific place to do so and make it easy for her to change them around.
Check out DKR's sister site DIY Decor for do it yourself wall decor projects including mirrors, frames, shelves, message boards and more.
When it comes to teens, it's pretty wide open for what you could use as a bedrooms accessories. If you would want it in your bedroom or even your living room, teens would probably want some version of it in their bedrooms. As I always say when it comes to teen bedrooms, "think apartment".
Besides the things already listed above, consider accent chairs, ottomans, room dividers, folding screens, beaded curtains, funky lights and lamps, plants, shelving, rolling tool boxes, any geeky gadgets, mirrors, phone stand, desk accessories and on the list goes!
Drawer Pulls, Knobs & Switch Plates
Drawer pulls, knobs and switch plates are a fairly inexpensive bedroom accessory that quickly perks up the kids' rooms. You can really add a special flair without being theme specific so they will last for several years.
These items can be made or embellished yourself giving your child's room an even more custom look. My page on knobs and pulls has tips for making your own, as well as links to other sites that have some ideas, and also sources for the plain unfinished knobs and decorative knobs.
Check out SwitchHits Switchplates for a huge collection.
Area And Accent rugs
Childrens area rugs are a great bedroom accessory. They can really liven up an otherwise dull floor, and actually be the item in the bedroom that really sets the theme. They can also take a supporting role and not be so obvious, yet cover up some icky areas you might have in the carpet.
And as I'm sure you know, you can get inexpensive area rugs and some very high priced accent rugs. The choice is yours. But there are some things to consider. Read more. . .
- Size, shape and color are important since this is a bedroom accessory!
- Fiber content, ease of care, and life span of the area rug. All of which will probably have a direct correlation to the cost of the rug.