Decorating Kid Rooms
Decorating kid rooms is so much easier when you follow a plan. As I mentioned before, having a foundation of walls, window treatments and bedding that are NOT theme specific, really leaves you wide open for making quick changes. Read the baby nursery decorating article to see where to start.
Some things to consider to get you started.
Have a "prop closet". Keep all the miscellaneous kid's room decorating items in there, and when you want to freshen your child's room, just remove one group of accessories from their room and replace with another! How easy is that?
On the more expensive items such as bedding, choose solid, stripe, plaid or a simple all over design that will blend with theme items. Read more about choosing and using kid bedding.
If you're doing a major overhaul of your kid's room, or doing some actual remodeling, you may be considering doing some financing. Sometimes we just can't pay cash for everything, and if you wait until you have the cash, the kids may be grown and gone!
But keep in mind that some of the items, such as furniture can go with them, and any permanent remodeling can increase the value of your home.
Check out the article: Get Your Kids Involved In Home Decorating.
This Too Shall Pass!
- The trend in kid's furniture seems to be woodtone furniture, or painted furniture with woodtone tops. This makes it great for mix and match furniture. You could pick up a stained wood dresser with painted accents, a painted bed and a nightstand with a wood tone top. Mix it up boys and girls!
- Mixing and matching wild colors and patterns is big too, and homemade is making a come back. According to the Color Association of the US, you'll be seeing retro and classic hues from wild to mild in kids decorating. Which to me sounds like most anything goes!
- On a recent trip to a department store it was like I stepped back into the 60's/70's as I walked through the clothing department.
Psychedelic wild patterns in far out colors, and knit and crocheted ponchos ( yes ponchos are back ) & scarves were everywhere. Everything old is new again. It's the same, generation after generation.
The point of this story is, if you're gonna walk the walk, you gotta talk the talk. The colors and patterns in the wardrobe are what influence the kids rooms decor. So if you don't know what to do in the kids' room, look in their closets first!
- Give them space to show their individualism, test out different ideas and rolls. Kids learn by pretending, roll playing and practice.
- If you find all this totally appalling, close the door to their rooms, as this too shall pass.
These are quick and inexpensive ways to add some punch to the room with fashion fabrics. Imagine using that neon pink, aqua or the lime green that you see everywhere, or one of the retro prints.
- Fashion fabric can be used for Home Decor too. How about some sequined fabric for curtains in your teen's bedroom? Many of these fabric are sparkley, shiney and slinky. Just what the kids are looking for.
- Some other fabrics that would work are spandex, rayon, chiffon, holographic stretch velvet and crinkled taffeta to name a few. Just keep in mind that most fashion fabrics won't be as wide, and you may need extra fabric.
- Spandex is particularly great for kids rooms. It's shiny, stretchy and comes in bright colors and prints. It's easy to stretch and wrap around almost anything. Use as a bed canopy, wrapped and swagged across a curtain pole, draped from hooks or swag holders.
Stretch a piece of it over the back of the desk chair and knot it in the back with a big knot or bow. Tie pieces of it around throw pillows in a bunch of different colors. Put a plant hook in the ceiling on each side of the head of the bed and drape spandex starting at the floor on one side, up to the first hook, knot, drape across to the second hook, knot, and hang down to the floor on the other side!
Kid's Bedroom Furniture
A basic furniture style can be chosen that will span the themes and the ages, unless you decide you want to do some painting techniques while decorating kid rooms. If you do, you'll need to keep the long term goal in mind, or be prepared to repaint in a few years.
And speaking of furniture you can find some great deals on furniture and decor for your Kids' room online! So don't be afraid to shop online because many places offer special shipping rates to get your order.
And in reality, the furniture prices plus the shipping charges aren't bad when you figure how much time it would take you to hit all the furniture stores to make a choice, and then end up paying for delivery anyway. Who'd of thought we would be ordering furniture online for decorating kid's rooms and having it delivered to our homes?
Another consideration is kid's storage, whether in the form of shelves, armoires, chests or lockers. There's going to be "stuff", and it all needs to go somewhere.
Both WalMart and Target offer some great online deals, and Bellacor offers free shipping on specific items of furniture.