Kids' Bedrooms: Amp Up the Playfulness
Create an Inspiring Child's Room With Color, Graphics and a Dreamy Ceiling
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Thinking about redoing your child’s bedroom? Then it’s time to roll up your sleeves and have a little fun. You may not feel like you can totally cut loose in many of your home’s rooms, but your child’s bedroom is a place that can be as comfortable and inviting as it is spunky, playful and creatively inspiring. Get your ideas rolling with a few of these pictures and thoughts, and then gear up to create a space where your kid can be a kid.
Enhance the graphic appeal. There may be no TV watching in your child’s bedroom, but other than that, decor rules are slim, so get your pattern on. Choose funky, colorful prints and mix them with neutral patterns to create a balanced look that screams delight.
All hail the stripes. Bold and colorful horizontal stripes will make your child’s bedroom appear larger and create an energetic backdrop for his furnishings. Set it off with playful fabrics and patterns in similar and complementary colors to make the most of the look.
Make room for a life-size chalkboard. It provides the perfect outlet for continuous creative expression while also being easy to clean. Try finding a vintage chalkboard on wheels for an unexpected bedroom accessory, or paint a whole wall with chalkboard paint.
Go for the cozy canopy. Let your child’s imagination run wild beneath a dreamy canopy bed. For an extra style punch, choose a bold color this like royal purple.
Personalize the walls. Not every room can get away with colorful circles on the wall, but your child’s bedroom can. This can be an easy DIY project you and your child do together: Use circular stencils to outline the shape and then fill them in with whatever color you choose.
See how to use a pizza box as a wall stencil
See how to use a pizza box as a wall stencil
Get the ceiling in on the action. Give your child something inspiring to look at while she’s daydreaming her summer afternoons away. These yellow stripes give the room a fresh cabana feel that pops off the magenta bed shams.
Get the ceilings AND the walls in on the action. Why stop at the top? Amp up both the ceiling and your walls with painted murals or colorful wallpaper. The room will feel like an imaginative little escape.
Be “cool” about storage. Your child will be the hippest kid on the block using repurposed lockers as storage. Maybe it will even inspire him to clean up? One can hope!
Go for colorful pattern on the headboard. Headboards are the perfect spot to add an extra dose of lively style. A pattern like this one can easily evolve with other looks as your child gets older.
Take the bed skirt to the next level. Texture is an important element in any space. Why not sneak it into your child’s room in an expressive way through a ruffled, magenta bed skirt? Its fun frills are a playful juxtaposition against the wrought iron bed.
Repurpose the closet. If storage isn’t an issue, clean out the closet for extra play space. Every kid likes his own little unique place he can call all his own.
Cover a wall with an oversize photo. Whether it’s of a dreamy beach scene, a favorite sports team or Hannah Montana, a giant photo can provide inspirational imagery your child will love.
Go bold with the walls. Pink walls? Why not! Balance it with neutral furnishings, and enhance the fun with wall decals or painted details.
Get whimsical with an oversized valance. This window treatment makes the room feel like a princess fairyland. A welcome retreat!
Get unique with seating. Any room can come with a regular chair, but a swinging chair is unexpected and fun, especially with green paint as an accent.
Ideabook published on July 8, 2011.
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