June 18, 2014

Designing the Kids' Rooms


It's no secret that when we moved into our new house two months ago, the Princess' room was the first one to be decorated! And Little Man's was soon after! You can see the rooms here and here and then check out what Emily Creswick from Zillow has to say about the trending designs for kids rooms. 

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4 Trending Kid Room Designs
By Emily Creswick of Zillow



Source: Little Crown Interiors

Designing a kid’s room is an exciting and imaginative task. The process allows homeowners to experiment with bold colors and more daring design trends to create an ideal haven for kids to learn, play and grow.

Here are four trending themes to create a welcoming, fun and stimulating sanctuary for the little ones.

1.     Bright and Lively
Create an exciting and engaging room using a variety of colors and fun prints. Start by selecting a trending wall color such as creative orange or inspiring yellow and splash throughout the room by adding a colorfully-striped bedspread and matching window treatments. Add a block-colored rug and patterned beanbags to create an inviting and playful floor space. For a modern upgrade, incorporate a feature ceiling by adding decals in stars, polka dots and geometric patterns, or use paint to create a handcrafted ceiling design.

2.     Safari Style
Achieve this animal-loving theme by teaming light-grey or beige wall colors with dark wood accents or bamboo-style furniture pieces. Add a dramatic animal or tribal print rug and matching bed cushions. Bold prints are perfect for kids’ rooms as they easily disguise scuff marks and stains. Amongst the wild patterns, rooms tend to appear smaller, so keep the space bright and welcoming by selecting neutral-colored window treatments. Finish off by including bamboo or wicker baskets around the room for additional storage to keep the exciting features somewhat tame.

3.     Black and White
Keep in mind that kids go through phases of adoring a single color, major trend or popular theme. One way to prevent expensive redesigns when kids change their minds is to decorate with timeless black and white d├ęcor. It’s a fresh look that pairs seamlessly with warm wood furniture, industrial metal features and pops of colored accents. Customize the space with printed accents, temporary decals or removable motifs to appeal to kid’s newest styles. Add a trending black and white geometric print rug and complement with white roman blinds. For a less dramatic look, use muted black and white tones such as grey and off-white balanced with pastel accents. Again, this basic design grows with kids and complements a youngster’s dream of a ninja turtle motif just as well as a teen’s ideal romantic Paris scene. 

4.     Creative and Educational
Include interactive design elements to stimulate creative little minds. Decorate and educate simultaneously by framing a world map and inspiring travel posters. Create a cozy reading corner with a small bookcase and sitting poufs or pillow-laden teepee fort. For budding young artists, give them the ability to create daily masterpieces with chalkboard walls and drawing easels.

When decorating a kid’s room, include elements that will grow with the child, such as a full-sized closet and functional furniture with extra storage. Avoid dramatic built-in features such as child-sized crawl spaces, hidden rooms and installed bunk beds. These features are exciting for kids, but extraneous for teens and wasteful square footage for adults. Consider the potential return on investment when it’s time to place the home on the market. Enhanced storage and simplified furniture layouts benefit family members at all ages and attract future buyers.
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Love the designs! Which is your favorite?

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