I JUST FINISHED DECORATING A SHARED GIRLS ROOM
FOR TWO LITTLE MUNCHKINS – STELLA AND LIBBY.
I LOVE DECORATING KIDS ROOMS . THE POSSIBILITIES ARE VAST AND ENDLESS AND I LOVE GIVING A CHILD A FUN ROOM TO GROW UP IN!!!!
Over the years, decorating kids rooms and especially my own children’s rooms…I have honed in on a FEW KEY FACTORS that I think make the difference between a good and a GREAT room. Obviously storage and safety are baseline…kids need a safe place to play and keep their things neat and tidy-ISH. But often -COLOR is where things can go all WONKY. I have learned that SIMPLE is best.
I DO believe that a child should have some input…but when your child comes to you with four fluorescent paint swatches – YOU, the GROWN UP need to guide them and assure them that you will make sure their room is great…and then tuck those super bright colors away for accessories and finishing touches.
A BIG MISTAKE PEOPLE MAKE WITH KIDS ROOMS IS TOO FILL THEM WITH TOO MUCH – TOO MUCH COLOR, TOO MUCH STUFF, TOO MUCH TO DO AND SEE AND TOUCH… JUST TOO MUCH. KEEP IT SIMPLE!!!
HERE ARE MY PERSONAL TOP 5 INGREDIENTS FOR A GREAT KIDS ROOM
1. GOOD LIGHTING CAN MAKE A ROOM! LAMPS AND CHANDELIERS IN KIDS ROOMS THAT ARE NOT TOO “KIDDISH” WILL GROW WITH YOUR CHILD AND ADD STYLE AND LIGHT!!!…MY “MUST HAVES” ARE A GOOD DESK LAMP AND BEDSIDE LAMP FOR BEDTIME – STORY TIME.
THE girls room had a great start with a sweet and feminine chandelier.
YOU KNOW I LOVE ART. Art is the thing that makes everything make sense.
2. ART – I MAY BE PARTIAL BUT I THINK THAT NO CHILD IS TOO YOUNG TO HAVE ART IN THEIR ROOM. I like to choose special pieces that will surround them with color and design and not look too “childish” but still feel bright and happy in their rooms. Their art will greet them everyday and be a part of their childhood memories. ART is important.
THERE are so many affordable ways to find ART FOR YOUR CHILD’S BEDROOM. GOLDMINE Sites like ETSY, MINTED AND EVEN NOW PINTEREST offer thousands AND THOUSANDS of beautiful new and vintage prints which can be bought framed or unframed – and many can be personalized.
There are also dozens upon dozens of great ART sites, like UGALLERY , ARTFULLY WALLS, LOST ART SALON, ART.COM to name just a few which now which sell beautiful original art and prints, SO MUCH of which is great for kids rooms.
CHARLOTTE DESIGNER (AND A FRIEND OF MINE) HOLLY HOLLINGER OF THE ENGLISH ROOM BLOG first introduced me to ARTIST HAYLEY MITCHELL about a year ago. HAYLEY, also a Mom of 3 young ones brings her unique sense of style color and whimsy to her beautiful and amazing PORTRAITS and in particular her special girl portraits .
I chose “MADALYN” and “AGRAGENA” for over the girls bed and framed them in simple white frames with wide white beveled mats. The utilize plexiglass not glass which is a safer choice for kids room. With Plexiglass you just need to make sure you DO NOT use windex to clean them but just warm soapy water.
I love layers in my clothing and layers in bedrooms.
I LIKE MIXING IT UP. BRINGING IN COORDINATING PATTERNS AND COLORS. FLORALS AND SOLIDS AND DIFFERENT TEXTURES and weights .
4. THE ROOM IS carpeted in a neutral, soft and durable, kid proof carpet by – SHAW FLOORS BUT I always think that A GREAT RUG CAN ANCHOR A ROOM and be the perfect finishing touch.
DON’T BE AFRAID TO PUT PASTELS AND BRIGHTS TOGETHER. I OFTEN FIND THAT IN KIDS ROOMS, THE TENDENCY IS TOO PUT….
TOO MANY DIFFERENT COLORS.
The eye does not know where to look and the feel is over stimulating. Instead – try mixing different hues of the same color…for example the pale pinks wall and a deep pink patterned rug with a coral throw.
5. FURNITURE THAT LASTS
Kids grow up much too fast. And when decorating smart and on a budget – Furniture that they can grow into is a better investment.
The BEDS I chose are THE “BELLAMY” BUNK BEDS by SMARTSTUFF FURNITURE. Right now the girls are too small for bunk beds but this allows for options down the road. I am a HUGE FAN of twin beds kids for sleepovers and siblings. These beds are solid and durable and will not be outgrown.
AND AS THEY SAY
“THE PROOF IS IN THE PUDDING!”
JENNY LIND BUNK BEDS – SMARTSTUFF FURNITURE
WALL ART – HAYLEY MITCHELL PRINT,
PILOWFORT BY TARGET,