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Designing A Child's Bedroom

Designing and decorating a child's bedroom is one of the most exciting rooms to take on when building your new home! It's the perfect time to create a flexible, functional room your children will enjoy through all stages of life.

It's a good idea to draw out a floor plan so you can place and size your furniture accordingly. This will let you know how much free space you will have. Typically younger children need more play room, while older children need more lounge and workspace.

The De-Vine Chelsea Bedroom by PBteen® features a platform bed with cabinets, bookshelves and a built-in, three-plug outlet. There is plenty of room for lounging, sleeping and storage with a bedside table, media stand and bookshelf.

Designing and decorating kid's rooms is one of the most exciting rooms to take on when building your new home! It's the perfect time to create a flexible, functional room your children will enjoy through all stages of life.

Color is a huge design factor and one you can negotiate. For example if your child's favorite color is green, you can explore a wide palette of green paints and even take the swatches with you while you're shopping for bedding, curtains and decorative accessories. This will allow you to create a colorful, coordinated room that you will both enjoy.

You'll find millions of inspiring decorative ideas when you start browsing through magazines, searching online and visiting furniture stores. To avoid being overwhelmed, you should start your search after you have decided on a theme. It will make your search easier and more enjoyable. Plus, showing your child various ways to achieve the design and look they want will help them decided which elements they like and dislike.

For smaller children it is tempting to choose a juvenile and cartoonish theme, but the cuteness will most likely fade fast leaving you remodeling your child's room in few short years. Try restricting your theme to accessories and novelty items like pillows, bedding, throw rugs, toys and lamps and stick with more traditional patterns and colors for your walls, floors, furniture and window treatments.

When it comes to your flooring choose a product that can handle the wear and tear of your child and is easy to clean. There are many stain-resistant carpets to choose from as well as greener flooring options that are just as soft and easy to maintain like cork and bamboo. All of your fabrics should be durable and easy to wash, especially the bedding.

Just like any other room in your home, lighting plays a key design element in your child's room. Ceiling lighting is the safest and most practical way to light your child's room. Be sure to include a dimmer light so you can adjust the lighting to your child's activity — watching TV, doing homework or reading a book. Adding a sensor will ensure that your child will never forget to turn off the lights.

No home ever has enough storage space, which is particularly true in a child's room. It's important to plan out where to use organizational pieces such as a tall chest of drawers, built-ins, shelving, cabinets, etc., and decide where everything will go. This will help keep everything organized and making clean up an easier process.

Design Tip
Since your child is growing and developing from infancy to teenage years, it is important to protect their immune system from the potential health risks associated with VOCs, so be sure to paint your child's room with low or no-VOC paints and use low-VOC carpet. In fact, play it safe and don't use carpet at all. When you purchase furniture see how it is made and finished and try to buy from companies that are certified green and use low or no-VOC paints and stains.