Friday, February 22, 2013

Fall In Love With Your Home: Kid’s Rooms

We often spend a lot of time thinking about our living, dining and other main family rooms, but what about bedroom design for kids? Choosing a space that’s organized and makes your child happy can be tough, but with two kids of my own, it’s one of my favorite challenges.

My favorite inspiration for children is Pottery Barn Kids and Teen—these kids know how to have fun with their rooms. For practical bedding, Traditions by Pamela Kline is my go-to, and for fun bedding I like Davenport Home.

Whether you child’s style is fun or sophisticated and whether they are young or a tween, I’ve got tons of ways to make their room reflect their style and remain clean. Custom window treatments with a special touch is usually my suggestion for a long-term investment, because when done correctly, it can last you from toddler to teen. Bedding, area rugs, lighting and accents can be the bargain priced “trendy” items that you can swap out as your child’s tastes change.

This boy's room valence features varsity stripes in fun colors. It's a look a boy can grow up with. 

For girls, I like a white or ivory valence with a color accent.  White goes with anything and the pop of color will adapt to the changing tastes and wall colors of growing girls.  In this pic, make sure not to miss the Paris flea market chandelier—what a fun touch for a girl!

This is another example from a girl's room. The pop of green is fun and can be incorporated into a variety of color schemes.

 This Manakin Sabot bedroom for a preteen has bright colors and a whimsical window treatment with perching birds—again that it's white with a color accent.

Want to design yourself with a little extra help? This month I'm introducing my Children’s Bedroom Design Starter kit at DeCOR. For $545 you get color suggestions, a floor plan and one or two concept elevations. You also get a cd with links to products you can purchase separately to put the room together.

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