Design Ideas

Step into the modern era with these ideas for kids’ rooms

The times are changing, and home decor is changing right along with them. It’s time for you to rethink all of the things you know about decorating and move into the modern era. For example, if you still have a room in your home with thick, unattractive carpeting or hardwood floors that have seen better days, it’s time to replace them with sleek, sophisticated travertine tiles. Also, if you have a plain, empty backyard, it’s time to use the best paving stones to create backyard paver designs.

While you’re changing up your living room, dining room, kitchen, backyard and any other part of your home that guests may often visit, you shouldn’t let the other spaces in your home remain unchanged. For example, take a look at your children’s rooms. Do they look like they could have been children’s rooms in the ’70s, ’80s or any other decade? If so, it may be time to bring them into the modern era.

Changing the idea of kids’ rooms
According to a recent article published in the Daily Herald, children’s rooms should no longer be restrained by old-school ideals for juvenile decor. Children’s rooms don’t have to stick with traditional kids’ or gender themes, but rather can incorporate many different genres.

The news source spoke to Ikea North America’s U.S. design leader, Josee Berlin, who explained that the main goal of a child’s room these days is to make sure he or she feels at ease in it. Sometimes, this means keeping the space small. Many kids feel more comfortable in small spaces where they can be cozy. To turn a larger room into something a little cozier, consider using a curtain rod to divide the room into two spaces – one for play, and one for sleep.

Furthermore, a modern child’s room shouldn’t be filled with little kid themes.

“A stumbling block for many when they design their child’s rooms is that they make it all about the time period the child’s in at that moment. This leaves no room for growth or change,” Jami Supsic, an editor at Country Living magazine, told the Daily Herald. “Use accessories and toys to identify the age of your child, but leave walls, window treatments and furnishings mature.”

For example, she said that if you have a daughter who loves princesses, you shouldn’t get wallpaper with princesses all over it. Instead, use ruffles, damask and crystal accessories to create a princess look without covering the room in cartoon characters.

Dwell magazine recommended that in modern children’s rooms, parents leave plenty of space for kids to be creative. Also, it’s a good idea to get accessories that kids will be able to use for years – not just things that work for the age that kids are at now. For example, a desk can be used by small children for coloring and creating crafts projects, and then as kids age they’ll be able to use the desk to complete their homework.

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