Rosenberry Rooms would like to share a few tips from a recent article on HGTV.com that offers sound suggestions for designing kids’ rooms. The article also stresses that creating a child’s space works best when it’s a joint project.
One practical suggestion is that parents shift toddlers directly from cribs to full or queen beds, bypassing toddler and twin beds. Kids grow so fast that smaller beds might be completely outgrown in a few years’ time. Kids’ rooms can eventually become guest rooms, so the furnishings work best when they have a general rather than specific appeal. Trendy furniture should be avoided. What’s hot this year might look sadly outdated next year.
Beds and furnishings from Young America By Stanley or Lea Children’s Furniture are designed to last for the lifetime of your child — and beyond! Classic bedroom suites for a girl’s room include the graceful Isabella Cameo and coastal Seaside Dreams Collections. They’re pretty and feminine, but not so far-flung as to be out of place in a guest room. With optional sleepover trundles, under-bed storage units, and your choice of finishes, they’ll look as elegant tomorrow as they do today.
Good lighting is also important. An overhead fixture that illuminates the entire room reduces hazards caused by dangling cords and falling lamps. Pendant lighting like the Double Decker Pendant in Spring Green by Olio or the Taley Double Drum Pendant from Charn & Co. are fresh, contemporary, and compatible with most any decor.
The designers recommend using accessories to feed an appetite for trends. Making a pile of pillows in a currently fashionable fabric is a low cost way to add loads of funky charm to a child’s room without breaking the bank.
Maddie Boo Fabric in Rodeo Denim sports a retro design that might appeal to a young cowpoke. Fabric pillows can be used to add a wild west spirit and, when he outgrows the design, the pillows can be recovered with something more grown up. Fabric By The Yard comes in literally hundreds of designs, colors, and textures. In addition to pillows, it can be used to cover headboards and upholstery or to create fashionable window and wall treatments.
Ample shelving and adequate desk space are something every child needs. The Large Two Door Bookcase from Newport Cottages has a solid, timeless design and plenty of room for stuff! In over 20 finishes, it’s easily customized. Young America’s Starlight Student Desk offers space galore with shelves, drawers, and a roomy desktop. It’s gender-neutral and will never go out of style. When your child leaves home for good, these furnishings will continue to serve stylishly in a den or home office.
The HGTV.com article advises consulting kids about what they need, and then reaching a compromise about what works best for everyone. Ask your child about colors and what matters most to them in a personal space. Take your child on a tour of Rosenberry Rooms’ website and shop for key pieces together. Let the room reflect the child, but create a space that lasts forever.