Eye Candy: Girls Rooms




As a part of our series on appealing to our all of senses in decorating, we have been focusing first on our sense of sight. While we are stimulating our thinking on this topic, I wanted to include a quick post on creating bedrooms with visual interest for children. As a mom of two of them, I can say there is no more fun than creating a bedroom for girlie girls! My daughters are teenagers now, but they still love doing their rooms.

As I have said before, children’s rooms should be magical places where they begin to learn about taste and style. Now, of course, all of that must be interpreted through the eyes of a child — what they consider tasteful and what you might love could possibly be two different things! But it is possible to merge the two and shape their sense of style in a room that oozes creativity and imagination, but doesn’t make you want to keep the door shut. Taste and whimsy are the perfect combination for a child’s room.

Children love color, detail and fantasy, so this is the room to go crazy with fun ideas!

Eye Candy: Girls Rooms

These are darling 8 x 10 wall cards, frame them or hang them from ribbons and painted clothes pins for a fun look that teaches numbers and birds at the same time.

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Growth charts are always wonderful for children’s rooms! These are extra nice, personalized and printed on canvas. Or the pink daisy one is laminated and hangs from a ribbon. You could always make your own and laminate it!

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Just like adults, kids need lamps that say Ta Da! and not yawn! Target (the lamp on the right) has some fun kids lamps at a more reasonable price. However, you can make or embellish them yourself! If you are not terribly artistic, you can buy self-adhesive wallies like those in the above picture (they are like pre-pasted wallpaper) and stick them on objects like lampshades, furniture or walls to create something wonderful! This is a great way to involve children in room decor, place pencil marks where the wallies go and let them stick ’em down!

Let no detail be missed. Bunny curtain rods. Most precious! The little visual details really make a difference.

Eye Candy: Girls Rooms

You don’t have to spend a lot of money on children’s rooms, although what little girl wouldn’t like a bunny bed to go with her bunny curtain rods? Why not? For the lamp, you could paint subtle stripes in pale pink on a white wood lamp and and add some fancy ruffle trim to a plain shade. Details, it is all in the details.

Eye Candy: Girls Rooms

Make every accessory eye candy for your little ones. Pay attention to color and pattern. Color and pattern can make ordinary accessories like bulletin boards all the more special. You can paint bulletin boards, or cover them with fabric to embellish inexpensive ones.

Eye Candy: Girls Rooms

When you do spend some money on accessories, make sure they are timeless so they can grow with your child. Or go a more inexpensive route and find cute throw rugs through Homegoods, Target or IKEA. Then you can just replace them when unavoidable “accidents” occur!

I prefer to keep my children’s bedding classic in detail but big on fun! Lively colors, fun youthful patterns and layers of coordinating sheets and blankets look good even if your child doesn’t make her bed!

One of my favorite things to do in little girl rooms is give them grown up furniture but painted in little girl style. A coat of creamy paint, new sparkly pink glass knobs for a little bling, or a few different colors on a piece can really grow with her into young adulthood.

If you want your daughter to have a say in the room, as she rightly should, but are afraid of what she will choose, make it easy on both of you and give her choices you have pre-approved. The old “do you want the pink one or the yellow one?” concept! Let her choose the wall color from out of one of the fabrics and find other ways for her to be involved in making good choices. Her sense of taste will begin to be shaped by involvement in decorating, so do what you can to help foster enjoyment in the process.

Most of all, have fun in creating the room! She won’t be little for long. Trust me on that one if you are still knee deep in toys. My oldest is going to back to college on Saturday. Sniff!

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Visual Therapy

Visual Therapy

I love feasting my eyes on lovely things and stretching myself to appreciate beauty in new and unexpected ways. While window shopping can depress some people, including myself sometimes, it can invigorate you if you have a different mindset. Instead of deciding not to look at things because you cannot afford it, it isn’t your style or you don’t need it, you can admire beautiful things with no intention of buying. Instead, they will become a part of your experience. Notice the design. The colors. The craftsmanship. When you look at a room that is different from your own decorating style, appreciate the mix of colors in patterns, textures, shapes and style. When you are out in nature, look at the complexity of colors and textures and how they are woven together.

At some unexpected moment, you will remember that image of beauty and either create something of your own inspired by it, or you may find a treasure buried in a pile at a garage sale that will speak to you in the same way. You will start rearranging things you already own with new inspiration. Your appreciation for beauty was enriched because you allowed yourself to take in new beauty.

Oftentimes our style or life becomes stale and predictable because we feed ourselves a constant diet of sameness. I think we can all learn to find joy in experiences and styles that can stretch us in new ways and breathe new life into our existence. While I enjoy many different styles of decorating, like most people I find comfort in the familiar. But I find when I peek outside the box and see new things, I am suddenly invigorated by new creativity that I can incorporate into my style.

Visual Therapy

An observant eye can look beyond taste, style, price or function to pure artistic appreciation. This process of feasting on beauty will refine your taste over time and contribute to your individual sense of style.

I firmly believe you do not need to spend a fortune on decorating your home. Some people are crafty and can reinvent inexpensive things by their artistic ability — that is fantastic. But even that is not necessary to have a beautiful home. Once your eye is attuned to beauty you will find it all around you, everywhere you look, and all it will require is proper placement in your home.

Visual Therapy

Some people learn their visual appreciation by what is trendy in stores or designer showrooms — if they have seen it in a catalog, they like it. If they haven’t, they aren’t so sure. For those more aware of history and art, their appreciation for beauty extends beyond trends. They train themselves, sometimes inadvertently, to appreciate a wider variety of things simply by admiring gardens, art or traveling. Suddenly a bouquet of flowers inspires your color scheme. A window shopping excursion inspires a purchase at a garage sale. A trip to Italy inspires your kitchen. A painting in an art gallery inspires your choice of artwork.

Visual Therapy

When you allow yourself to look at beauty through art, history, decor, or nature it becomes a form of therapy. Visual therapy. Instead of a materialistic endeavor, it is a ritual that enriches the pleasure and quality of your everyday life. It makes decorating your home an authentic process, because it is creatively interpreting your own visual experiences, rather than mimicking someone else’s style. Best of all, it is something we call can acquire by taking the time to be observant.

images: Designers Guild