By Ashley Steel
Children don’t make decorating the home an easy task. Between their undying curiosity for their surroundings, their ever-changing tastes and a penchant for making messes, most parents have probably found themselves sniffling over the juice-soaked couch and crying, “This is why we can’t have nice things.”
This sentiment is especially true of children’s rooms; a private haven for their mess and mischief making. But if you’ve decided to give up on decorating your kid’s room, think again!
Buying nice furniture and fragile decorations and telling your kids they can’t be kids lest they damage these item, simply won’t fly. A room isn’t stylish if you can only look at it. Instead, try decorating in ways that facilitate childhood fun.
Here’s our top tips for creating a stylish, kid’s room:
Paints and Varnishes
Starting with the basics, there are many paints and varnishes that can be scrubbed clean in the event that your kid decides to take crayon or marker to the walls. In particular, paints that come in semi- to high-gloss finishes are great for messy, high-trafficked areas, as they can be scrubbed clean without damaging their sheen. When meeting with your builder, be sure to ask for high-gloss paints.
These same glossed paints and varnishes can also be used to protect furniture. And not only will the finish help protect against stains and messes, but paints can be easily changed if your child outgrows the color of their room.
Tip: When selecting paints, make sure they don’t contain VOCs (volatile organic compounds), which can release toxic chemicals into the air.
Flooring and Fabric
Spills are a common childhood hazard, but let’s face it, they continue to happen all of our lives. Rugs, especially dark rugs, are a great way to protect against spills and also protect flooring from day-to-day wear and tear. No matter the color scheme of your child’s room, select a dark coordinating shade for their rug.
Using Scotchgard or another fabric protector can provide an additional layer of security against spills. Not just for carpet, many of these products can also be used on couches, chairs, shoes and more.
One of the primary roadblocks to creating a stylish kid’s room is keeping messes at bay. The short attention span of most kids requires cleanup be a swift and efficient process. An empty shelving unit fitted with cloth baskets is a great solution for kids. The soft, fully removable baskets allow kids to stow away toys, clothes and other knickknacks and return them neatly to shelves when cleanup time comes.
Choosing a Theme
Creating a room your child loves is crucial to making them feel at home. A great way to do this is to involve your child in decorating. When left entirely to their own devices, this could result in a decorating monstrosity, but as the adult, it’s important to moderate the process.
Let your kids choose a theme, a color scheme and maybe a team, character or other item for the room to revolve around. Then, take it upon yourself to find tasteful coordinating pieces that meet their desired qualifications.
Decorating a kid’s room doesn’t mean choosing between childhood play and stylish décor. Simple precautions ensure that you accommodate for the lifestyle and growth of your child. Good luck on your journey to a stylish kid’s bedroom, and remember, there’s no crying over spilt milk when you use these easy tips.