Decorating children's bedrooms can be a challenge, considering that the rooms will need to grow and change as they mature. To make sure you don't end up with a style that your child is going to quickly outgrow, follow these design basics:
- Choose flexible furnishings. Go with a style of furniture that has simple lines. A bed that's shaped like a race car is great for a 7-year-old, but when he's 13 it's going to be time to buy new furniture. Daybeds and oak wood are wonderful choices in furniture, since they work well with any color and can be used for a child at any age. When buying furniture, remember this tip: The simpler it is, the more flexible it is.
- Give them room to grow. Children need plenty of space to move, play, store clothes and entertain friends. Design with your child in mind: A toddler requires lots of floor space for playing, while a teen needs seating for more adult activities such as visiting with friends.
- Let the kids have a say. Allow them to be creative and express their own personality by allowing them to choose some of the furnishings and colors in their bedroom. Their private space will become a place that reflects their personality¾and they might even keep it clean.