How to Accessorize a Child's Room

Children's rooms are more than just places where they sleep. They are also the areas where children spend most of their time playing, reading, listening to music and gathering together their possessions. To make your child's room as functional as possible for all of these activities, make sure to accessorize it properly.

Steps

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    Place shelves above windows, dressers and desks to display collections, photographs and items that are not used every day. The shelves can be metal, wire or painted wood; make sure they match at least the color or style of the furniture in the room.
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    Add lamps to areas near reading chairs, desks and beside the bedside. Look for lamps in fun colors that match the room's décor, or that have removable and replaceable shades that can be changed out as the children grow.
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    Hang a bulletin board or other display area for artwork, photos and other treasures your child may wish to display.
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    Place baskets, storage bins and lower shelves where they are accessible for your children. Use these to store and organize games, toys and activities that are used on a regular basis.
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    Add wall shelves for displaying books, trophies, larger pieces of artwork and other personal items.
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    Add throw pillows, blankets and rugs in patterns, characters or colors that emphasis your child's current interest. Make sure these items contain colors that help them tie in with the rest of the room. These items can be easily changed out as the child grows to update the room.
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    Use vinyl wall art to add temporary personalization to the walls. Vinyl wall art is fairly inexpensive, comes in a wide range of colors and peels off without damaging the walls when your child feels he has outgrown the current look.
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    Display photos of the child as well as photos of your family on walls and dressers.
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    Place baskets near reading chairs and bedsides to collect books, magazines and other items into easily accessible piles where they are most often used.
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    Hang a mirror above a dresser or desk to both help your children learn to coordinate their looks in the morning and to help visually enlarge and open the room.
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    Place a clock on the wall, desk or bedside table to help your child take responsibility for the time she spends there.
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    Update the look of your child’s furniture. An affordable way of freshening up the look of your child’s room is to change the knobs on her dresser drawers with themed knobs. You can then tie the new theme throughout the room and get matching rugs and wall treatments every few years for a relatively inexpensive redesign.

Tips

  • Get your child's input before you begin accessorizing. They may have ideas on where and how they want to display their personal items, as well as information on how often they use particular toys or games that may need to be stored or displayed differently.

Warnings

  • Make sure to keep small and fragile items out of the rooms of small children. If these items are displayed, keep them on high shelves so that they’re out of reach to help prevent choking or other safety hazards.

Things You'll Need

  • Shelves
  • Bulletin boards
  • Throw pillows, blankets and rugs
  • Vinyl wall art
  • Mirror
  • Baskets
  • Storage bins
  • Photos
  • Clock

Article Info

Categories: Bedroom Style