Creating a great room for your kid’s space is an adventure full of options and possibilities.
Here are a few tips to help the experience be more pleasure, less pain.
Choose a backdrop, or wall color, that is timeless. In other words, choose a hue that is pastel or in the tan or grey families. This will help you transition the space from childhood to teen-life with ease. Your background color serves as a base for all of the wonderful, personality filled trimmings you will add to the room.
Place shelving units along one wall. You will want to make sure they are eye level and securely fastened to the wall. Add colorful storage units such as baskets, specialty boxes with lids, plastic compartmentalized containers and canvas bins. You can exchange color coordinated containers with the brightly colored ones as your child grows. These storage units great for separating toys into like kind for little kids and later for make-up, journals or electronics for the teens. Hang curtains or draperies with tie backs in front of the shelving. Leave the curtains open and tied back when the unit is tidy and close the curtains when life gets a bit chaotic.
Create a reading nook in one corner of the room by adding a bookshelf and a beanbag chair. This cozy little niche will encourage your child to escape to new lands through the world of reading. Beanbag chairs are inexpensive and easily switched out as your child grows. A reading nook is always age appropriate! Pinterest is full of great ideas for kids reading nooks.
One of the hottest trends is the use of chalkboard paint. The options are endless– walls, table or desk tops, doors or floors, chalkboard paint is at the height of creativity. Younger kids get a great art work space while teens will use it to record class assignments or a to do list. The array of colored chalk that is available makes this idea fun for everyone.
There are many companies that specialize in decals, or removable stickers, for the walls. Everything under the sun is available. Disney characters, letters and numbers, curly q’s and landscapes. You can personalize a room without worry of destroying the walls. These decals are reusable. Decals are a perfect way to personalize the space whether it is a bedroom or playroom.
Adding the personality touches just might be the most fun. Those items and accessories in a room that describe your child without saying a word. Personal effects such as collectables, a favorite stuffed animal or movie character make a room “home” for a child. Purchase picture frames that have hinges so you can switch out artwork with the latest masterpiece.
Eyes will always gravitate toward the window in the room. What you choose to dress your window in will be the final factor in the success of a room redo. Draperies, blinds, or indoor shutters all carry a wide variety of options. You’ll find experts on staff at Sunshine Drapery who are standing by to help you make the best choice for your space.
No matter what room you are flipping, remember the only rule is there are no rules. Have fun and make it your own!