Kids Room

Decorating kids bedrooms is child's play

Your child's bedroom is the one space they can call their own, so it's important that its decor reflects their individual tastes and personality. The problem, of course, is that these can change quite frequently during childhood. This doesn't mean you have to give your kids room a complete makeover every year or two, however. By keeping major furnishings plain and painting walls a solid, neutral color, you can use kids bedding and other accent pieces to easily and inexpensively change themes.

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Decorating Kids Rooms

When it comes time to convert the nursery or move your child from the nursery into a bedroom, give him or her some say in the design of the new room. Toddlers get very excited about moving from cribs to kids beds, but the transition can also be difficult. Including your child in the selection process can help make it easier.

For the room's general theme, take cues from your child's daily interests – TV shows they like, toys and activities they enjoy, and colors and patterns they're attracted to. Often, aspects of these interests can be woven together to create a dream bedroom for your son or daughter. Of course, if you're stuck, there a couple of simple, tried-and-true kids room designs.

What would a girls room be without pink? But a whole room of pink can be a little overwhelming, and your little girl may eventually grow out of it. For a simple, feminine bedroom that will grow with your daughter, paint the walls a neutral color and save the pink for accents such as curtains and pillows.

Of course, the quintessential girls bedroom is the princess room. A kids canopy bed, lace curtains, plush fabrics and brightly colored accents combine to create a feeling of wealth and luxury. And don't forget the kids table and chairs so the princess can entertain guests or enjoy a solitary snack in her palace chamber.

Try a sports or locomotive theme for a traditional boys bedroom. Again, choose a neutral color for the walls and use themed kids bedding sets to change the decor as your child grows. Kids rugs, kids lamps and kids clocks are other easy ways to add style that can be easily changed later.

A modern kids room is perfect for either a boy or a girl. Neutral, subdued hues create the perfect backdrop for bright accents, such as boldly colored kids sheets. Furniture should have sleek, stark lines, which contrast beautifully with round light fixtures and area rugs.

And what child wouldn't love a Disney bedroom? Black, white and red are the classic Disney colors and can easily be incorporated in paint and furniture choices. Kids wall art, such as kids posters or kids murals of Disney characters, adds color and interest to the walls without the commitment and hassle of wallpaper.

Your child's room is their playground, so when it comes to choosing decor, let their imagination – and yours – run wild.