Is your child’s room in need of a makeover? Don’t start redecorating yet. Give the remodel some thought and get your child involved to transform her room into something special.
Decide the Scope
Before you do anything, you need to decide exactly how much work you’re going to put into the project. Decide what parts of the room you plan to remodel. Will you just add a few new wall decorations? Will you repaint? Get new furniture? Change everything about the room? Make a plan for the changes so you can get an idea of the overall scope of the project.
Ask Your Child
If your child is old enough to voice her opinion, get her involved early in the planning process. Some kids will go with anything, but others are very particular. Since she is the one who lives in the room, it’s nice to give her a voice in the planning process. She might come up with some wacky ideas. Your job is to help her work through the ideas and come up with some components you can use in the room design.
Choose a Theme or Style
You don’t have to go all out with a theme, but having a general style to guide the decorating process is helpful. Knowing how you want the room to look or feel helps you choose everything from the color scheme to the wall decor and bedding. Consider your child’s style and preferences when choosing the theme. If your daughter is more of a tomboy, she probably won’t like a frilly, pink, over-the-top princess room.
Plan the Color Scheme
Before you start buying pieces, have a general color scheme in mind. If you’re not sure what you want for the color scheme, pick one of the main decorating components of the room first. For example, find a bedding set you love for the bedroom and choose colors that go well with it. Once you have the colors chosen, you can pick other pieces that go with the color scheme.
Mix and Match
You don’t have to buy everything as a matching set. You can often find several different decorative pieces from different sources that work well together. Even garage sales or secondhand stores could net you some great pieces that fit into your child’s new bedroom design. You can always repaint items to make them fit with the decor.
You also don’t have to do the entire redecoration at once. Start with a few of the basic pieces. Then add more decorative components as you find things you like.