Colorful kid spaces
Kids and color go hand in hand. Whether it's their shoes, lunchbox, or bedroom, color is a natural way for kids to express their bright, budding personalities.
Here are five easy ways to infuse your kids' spaces with color that makes them feel right at home.
1) Paint - Picking up a few paint chips at the store can yield fun and inspiration before you make a commitment. If you don't want to go to battle over bubble gum pink, pick a few colors you know you can live with before bringing your young one into the process.
Here's another tip: Aim for a base palette that's fun but still versatile enough to grow with your child and her tastes. For example, use classic colors on large spaces like walls and incorporate a signature splash of color on accent areas and with accessories.
Here's an example of a nursery I did for a little boy. We used a nice, rich blue as the base color and added a fun pop of green as an accent on the bookshelves. A cute orange cushion on the window seat adds even more style without overpowering the space. Swap out the cushion cover and this space works well into the teenage years.
Here's another option for adding an unexpected twist to any room: leave the walls and floor neutral while adding a fun dose of drama to the ceiling.
2) Bedding - I could go on and on about the fun to be had with bedding. From pillows and shams to quirky sheet sets and cozy throws, there are infinite options for mixing and matching patterns, texture, and color to create a statement of your little one's dreams.
Experiment with mixing up sheet sets or using a bold accent color somewhere unexpected. Having fun with bedding is one of the easiest, most affordable ways to add or alter style in any bedroom.
3) Carpet - Accent rugs aren't as easy or affordable as bedding to change out, but still offer similar versatility when it comes to adding interest to a room. There is another way to keep harder-to-change spaces, like walls, simple so the room can evolve along with your child.
4) Decals - All I can say is that I wish the amazing world of removable wall decals was available when I was a kid. Wow!
From sea creatures and garden scenes to cowboys, airplanes, and unicorns, there are a growing number of decal options on the market today. You can even design your own! Create a cute scene in a single corner or cover the entire ceiling or wall. The best part? Just rearrange or remove it when your kid is ready for something new.
5) Furniture - There's a trend toward painted furniture these days, and I, for one, am on board. Hand-me-down dressers and affordable thrift store finds become new again with a fresh coat of paint, and you can custom create the look you want.
Crisp, white floor and walls are the perfect backdrop for this eclectic look featuring three different painted pieces.
Chances are, you're willing to take more chances and even have more fun in your child's room than you are in your own. That's all good, but make that fun and inspiration matter. Play. Experiment. Get creative with your kid. The results will be worth it.
Sara Eizen is a Seattle-based interior designer and home organizer with a passion for helping busy families reclaim style and space in their homes on any budget. In a bi-weekly column for Seattle's Child, Sara shares creative, fun, affordable tips and tricks for clearing clutter, sprucing up rooms with minimal effort, creating systems that simplify family life, and much more.