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Designing Your Kids Bath: How to Make It Fun

Most of us have heard parents complain that their kids do not brush their teeth long enough, are always in a hurry to wash their hands or they do not take enough time for bathing. Well, maybe that's because their bathroom space is so boring, that they can't wait get out. If you create a space that is tailor-made just for them with all the right accessories and décor you should be able to get them to follow their daily cleanliness routine without it being a challenge.

It is important to remember that it's quite easy to go overboard when putting together your kids bath because of all the available accessories and themes. Some key factors that need to be taken into consideration when designing a bathroom for your kid are safety and independence.

Create a fun, functional chalkboard in the bathroom with paint that is erasable, washable and durable enough to stand up to lots of little hands. Benjamin Moore's Studio Finishes® Chalkboard (307) paint can turn any rectangular area into scribble space your kids will enjoy spending time in.

The first step in designing the perfect look for a kid's bathroom is having a solid plan. Choose the theme for the bathroom wall décor and then the colors you want to use. The first thing to keep in mind is safety, since the bathroom is a place where accidents can easily happen. So while planning, take into account that the countertops you choose should have rounded corners and edges to avoid bumped heads and avoid pointed hooks. Placing non-slip bathroom mats in your bathroom tub is a smart safety idea, no matter what age.

Create a convenient storage area in the bathroom so that toys and dirty laundry do not have to be hauled to and from the bathroom after each bath time.

Smaller children will enjoy bathing in this duck themed bathroom featuring eco-friendly bamboo flooring, which is soft to the touch by Lumber Liquidators®.

To prevent climbing on the vanity, place the towel racks at your child's height or add a sturdy stool with a skid-proof bottom. You can control the water temperature by turning your water heater down to avoid accidental scalding. For smaller children who are not yet potty trained, you'll want to buy a toilet seat with a clamp.

When you begin to decorate the bathroom, be sure to take into consideration your kid's personal style, as well as their age. The more you involve them in the design process, the more they will enjoy spending time in the space they helped create.

With the help of paint, you can add a lot of fun to the bathroom, especially if you use innovative painting. Try using a faux finish to create unique textures. Or opt for chalkboard paint, which provides a chalkboard canvas that can be used for creativity. There is also magnetic paint, which means that it will be possible to attach magnets to the wall.

If you would rather keep the decorative theme off the wall, you can easily find accessories to match your kid's interest and themes like sports, nature, movie/TV characters, princesses, etc. There is no end to the licensed character products such as toothbrush holders, soap dishes, wastebaskets, shower curtains, soap dispensers and towels that can help you complete the look.

For the younger kids, design your project based on their favorite cartoons or movie characters. For the little ladies, you could incorporate a ballet theme with frilly pink accents, plenty of ribbon and lace or a princess theme. For the boys, you can't go wrong with a sports or car/truck theme. For the older kids, try a beach theme complete with flip-flop rugs, shower curtain hooks and wall decals or the rock star theme with the guitar toothbrush holder, rock band shower curtain and a disco ball light fixture.

Creating a bathroom for a boy and girl can be challenging, but not impossible if you look to your kid's shared interests. Do they both play a particular sport? Do they both enjoy music? Do they both like animals? Are they both fans of the beach? Find a theme they can both agree on and let them express their personality with color scheme and accessories. If you have enough room for dual vanities that is a great way for them to establish their individuality.

Remember that decorating for kids is not a forever kind of thing. As your kids get older their preferences will change and you will have to start over again with a new kids bathroom décor. So use products that can easily be changed, because before you know it your kid will be asking for a bathroom makeover.