It’s all in the details. My philosophy for decorating kids’ rooms is they should begin with a few elements of whimsy to bring the room to life. The key is to select whimsical items that are fun and encourage children’s fanciful imaginations, but that don’t appear tacky, cheap and dated. This is where many kids rooms go tragically wrong.
I feel strongly that children learn style and taste from their environment and as parents we should expose them to tasteful design. By ‘tasteful’, do I mean expensive or boring? No, definitely not. While parents’ rationale for tacky accessories range from “tacky accessories are good because they are cheap and disposable” to “children grow and change so fast, I don’t want to invest too much” to “my child INSISTS on a Dora The Explorer room and I want her to be happy,” I still feel there are alternatives worth considering. Selecting a subtle theme that can be interpreted through good taste and style can please both picky children and budget conscious parents.
Rugs and lamps can be great building blocks for tasteful girls’ rooms. Depending on your budget, you can find fun choices at a wide variety of price points. These photos here can serve as inspiration. Lamps can be made or embellished with items you already have. By selecting items that can grow with your daughter, your investment will last longer than her current fascination with Dora the Explorer.
By creating a beautiful room for your daughter, you will be instilling in her a lifelong appreciation and understanding of how to achieve beauty. It isn’t how much you spend but what you choose that makes the difference! And don’t just choose things YOU love, let your daughter be a part of the process by carefully offering her choices you can both can live with.
Tasteful girls’ rooms do not have to rely solely on flowers or big girl patterns. Even whimsical or humorous items like animals can bring fanciful fun to a room. Just be careful to not overdo this sort of theme. One item like this frog rug is usually enough for a whole room. Too much of a fun theme can quickly become tacky.
Classic braided and patterned rugs can grow with girls from babyhood to teen years.
Lamps and chandeliers are a great opportunity to pour on the whimsy and fun!
A child’s bedroom will remain in her memory for a lifetime, so I encourage you to make it special. It’s all in the details.
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