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Decorating kids’ rooms the easy way!

By Sadiya Anjum

Your bedroom should be a haven for you and your partner where retreating to it at any time of the day or night is a happy experience. So you take extra care to incorporate both your tastes into it. Why should it be any different for the kids? They should enjoy their personal space and it should reflect their tastes too. When you decorate their rooms try and get them involved and use their inputs – this way you encourage their creativity as well as provide them with a space they will love.

Of course we never seem to want to splurge too much on children’s bedrooms as they grow up too soon. One minute they are toddlers and the next teens. Undoubtedly redecorating is an expensive affair but that does not mean that you wait until they are teens to decorate their room. The trick is in decorating in a manner that can always be changed later without having to spend a fortune.

If you do up the walls, floor and windows right, then over the years you can make any changes you want. Also getting the right kind of furniture is essential. If you lay the foundation right for the above, every other theme or accessory that is added will not clash with the overall look of the room. So how do you do it right? Here goes:

Walls: Paint the walls a color that is basic – if you try something too fashionable then in a year or two you may want to redo it. What you can do to accessorize the walls is use wallpaper borders which can always be replaced later. When choosing the color for the walls, know what your kid will like and give him/her a few choices to pick from. Perhaps you could keep one wall for the children to paint as they like it or you could do something creative. You can always repaint that one wall later.

Flooring: Obviously you want to again pick something that is not too bright or loud. Something basic which will go with just about anything. If you live in a rented house, there really isn’t much you can do. But what you can and should do is accessorize the floor with rugs and maybe a carpet. You don’t have to spend a lot, choose something that is appropriate for your child’s age and taste.

Windows: Depending on the look you are aiming for and the amount your willing to spend, a lot can be done for the windows. Children often tend to change their tastes as they grow up so you do not want to splurge too much. So try some shades or blinds in neutral colors or preferably curtains in some soft material. These will not be too expensive and using soft fabrics in decent colors will increase light penetration, making the room brighter.

Furniture: This is always tricky as you do not want to spend much on furniture that your children will outgrow in a few years. What you should do is pick out quality furniture as and when you can. This way you ensure that you do not have a whole load of unused furniture later and you will save money in the long run. Pick out something like a convertible crib which can be converted from crib to toddler bed to full size bed. Apart from this, buy a shelf or a bookcase which you can decorate with bright colors. The kids can use this to store their toys and later you can always take out the decoration to put it to its actual use.

Once you get the above in order, you can decorate and redecorate the room whenever you want. Pick out a theme of your child’s favorite cartoon character and do his/her room up with this theme in mind. You could carve out the letters of your child’s name on wood and put it up on the door. Get a cork board – extremely useful for kids to put up drawings or pin up chores when they are teens. This will be the one area they can choose to fill in with whatever they want. Buy a lamp when you can and provide a choice of two or three from which the kids can pick one out. If you want to get really creative, reverse the fan blades and paint on it. You can always put the fan blades the right way once your kids grow up or get bored of it. Put up glow in the dark stars on the ceiling for your children to gaze at every night.

So many things can be done just as long as you know exactly how much you are willing to spend and the effort you are willing to put in. Do not start out without a fixed budget or you will land up overspending on things you do not really want or your kids will outgrow in a few years. Also remember to involve your children while decorating their room. They should feel proud of their room and their contribution. So go out there and have some fun with your children while providing them with a room they will fall in love with!

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