Tonawanda News


September 22, 2013

DESIGNS BY DANA: Use easily changed accents to decorate kids' rooms

Tonawanda News — Question: Our 9-year-old daughter has outgrown the pastel, kitten-themed design of her bedroom and we’ve decided to start the project of re-doing it. We’d like to come up with a plan that lasts through her teenage years if possible and hope you have some suggestions. Right now her favorite color is purple and the only furniture that will stay is white.

Answer: Designing a child’s room can be a lot of fun, but I always recommend approaching it with a little restraint and caution. We all like to see our children happy and we want their rooms to be a space that reflects their personality — a place they enjoy and can call their own. 

As a child grows so do their likes and dislikes. At age 4 your daughter loved little pink kittens; now, at age 9, everything she owns is purple. Who knows what age 11 could bring and by the teen years a large percent of kids want their rooms all black.

When creating a space for a child I try to design it with things that will grow along with them. I limit items with themes and specific colors to those that can be changed out simply and inexpensively. I wouldn’t, for example, start painting all her furniture in purple passion hoping she loves it until the day she moves out. I would, however, go ahead with the bedding that she gets excited about because of its purple polka dots, which can easily be changed in the future.

Try to avoid themed wall coverings and borders in any room due to their cost and the job entailed to remove them. Have fun with paint colors knowing that they can be changed fairly easily. There are products available that stick to the walls with a sticky note-type adhesive backing; they come off as simply as they go on. 

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