Go bold in your kids’ bedrooms…showcase their treasures, and reflect their personality!

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If there is any room in your house that it is okay to go BOLD in your design, it is definitely your kids’ bedrooms.  When I was growing up, we moved frequently, and I never ONCE got to paint my room anything other than boring beige.  All I ever wanted was a “pretty” BLUE room but my mom was an all neutral person and of course worried about “resale” of our home.  So here’s my thought on that: first of all, a typical size kid bedrrom can be repainted in a few hours, with one gallon of paint,  if needed, when it comes time to sell.  Second, the teenage boy’s room pictured above…well, that house sold the FIRST day on the market, dark blue bedroom and all.  So, I say…go bold.  Let them have color.  Let them display their posters, and trinkets.  Be that fun mom.  Let the kids’ rooms be kids’ rooms.   I especially love creating spaces that reflect the personality of the child… after all, they are the one who spends the most time in there.  I’ve never met a child who’s personality fit “boring beige”.

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Let your sports lover hang his pennants, and display his trophies.   These wall ledges were repurposed from another room in the house, originally meant and used for photos, but perfect for a growing boy’s trophy collection.  Which these days…you almost need an entire room for since they give each kid a trophy for just about everything, but I digress; that would be another totally unrelated blog post, so back to my intent for this post.

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You might even be the SUPER fun mom who let’s the teenage boy hang his hammock in his room using HUGE hooks anchored into studs in the walls.  Maybe, it is my lack of having a fun room growing up that makes me say yes to these things for my own children.  Yes, that’s my son.  And yes, the walls will have to be repaired, if and when we ever move.

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Here is another boy’s room we did for a client.  She already had the walls painted blue, and wanted to upgrade his “baby” theme (fish/ocean) to something he could grow with and liked the idea of a surf theme.   Kids’ rooms are also a fun place to “think outside the box”.  Can you use a REAL surfboard for room décor?  Sure you can.  That was our suggestion for the up high niche and we found an affordable one on EBAY that filled the space perfectly.  Also, we were able to reuse some of his baby décor such as this whale sign that mom loved and wanted incorporated into the room.  It was not quite large enough scale to fit the wall on its own.  Simple solution – adding an empty frame around it painted in a bright red – now it is showcased.

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 Girls rooms are even more fun (if you ask me).  This room was done for a “tween” girl, and the tone on tone subtle stripe on the wall is beautiful.  The contrast between the soft ocean blue wall color and the bold black furniture and accents really makes a statement.   The other elements I love about this room is the mix of prints in the fabrics.  And notice the giant tapestry behind the bed…it is hiding an awkward attic storage door (sometimes builders really baffle me with the things they do).  Camouflaging the door opened up that wall for better furniture placement…besides hiding the eyesore of an unused door.

Want to try the tone on tone stripe?  Learn how here:

http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/striping-paint-technique/index.html

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The paint color for this little girl’s room is SW6708 “Springtime” which is a super light green that can be used with many combinations of colors.  But I especially love it with the teals and oranges.   The inspiration (besides a little girl’s love for GREEN) for for this room was the two prints from Pier 1 hanging above the white shelf.  Every room needs an inspiration piece, or starting place…even children’s bedrooms.

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At the end of the bed we created a little reading nook complete with a dry erase board and cork board HUNG AT CHILD’S height.  That is definitely something to keep in mind for kids’ bedrooms.  Get down on your knees and look at the room from their perspective.  Create storage solutions that they can reach and you will have a much more functional space, and the odds of them putting things back in their place will be greater too.

I love doing vinyl wall words in children’s areas.  I actually love them in any room.  This one is especially sweet for a little girl.   These can be tricky to apply to heavily textured walls.  A great alternative is to use a canvas instead of applying directly on the wall, which then gives you the option to take it with you when you move.  If you are applying directly to the wall…this would be an exception to the “hang at child’s height” rule – because you don’t want them to pick and pull it off the wall.  So, choose an up high focal point – such as above a door or over the headboard.

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Open frames can fill a large wall and create a unique and fun display.  Another bold choice, this color is SW6938, Synergy.    If you are nervous about such a bold color, and your girl loves turquoise, just reverse things.  Paint the walls a light neutral and bring out the bold colors in bedding, and accessories.

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That’s exactly what we did in this tween’s room.  We created a bold look with the black headboard, and bright bedding and coordinating window treatments.

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Or…create an accent wall using curtains.  That was the perfect solution for this little girly dream room.  And what kid couldn’t use these wrap around shelves for all their treasured furry friends or keepsakes that can’t be parted with.  Stuffed animal horder?  Problem solved.

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Speaking of stuffed animals.  Another thing we often find an excess of when it comes to kids’ stuff is art work.  What to do with all the pesky artwork?  It multiplies before your eyes, but yet you can’t bring yourself to throw it away because after all your child MADE it.  (by the way I do throw mine away, I just keep the “best”, so I give you permission)  In this play room we created a showcase wall for the two children.  They each have their own personalized empty frame to display their chosen favorite piece of art, which can be easily changed as often as wanted since there is no glass.  And we added the extra cork board in the middle just for good measure.  Why would you buy artwork for your play room when you already have a sea of masterpieces your own child has created?

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This client called us perplexed on what to do with all her daughter’s paintings, and she had quite the collection.  She also had an entire upstairs game room of empty wall space…so voila!  Two problems solved.  Happy client.  Happy little girl,  with her masterpieces showcased.

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If you have one of these little artists in your home, they need a work space.  This loft area is a perfect place for a kid work station.  Just outside the two kid bedrooms in this home, and for less than $400 at IKEA we created this large desk area complete with plenty of drawers, lamps, two chairs, and my favorite piece the buckets hung on wall for pens and pencils.  This is a versatile kid space, great for homework, arts and crafts, and even laptops.  (**warning consult with your husband before purchasing any IKEA projects.  Building IKEA furniture can be hazardous to marriages…)  I know one friend who has been banned from purchasing anything with assembly required, but the price is right, especially for kids spaces!  Also notice, the canvas with vinyl words hung above the wall arrangement…as we suggested earlier in this post.

So, what do your kids’ rooms look like right now?  Are you going to be a boring beige mom like mine…or have I inspired you to create a fun, vibrant space for your special ones?  And of course, you can call us for help, anytime…

If you need more inspiration, check out our “Kid’s Rooms” idea board on Pinterest:

http://www.pinterest.com/kristiannh/kid-s-room-ideas/

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