7 Bright Ideas for Your Kid's Room

By Barbara Pronin


If baby is fast outgrowing the nursery, it may be time to redecorate, turning the room into a bright, appealing space he or she can enjoy for years to come.

From the decorating experts at HGTV, here are six stylish and inexpensive ideas any child will appreciate:

  • Easy storage – “Clean up your room” becomes easier when closet space, coat racks, book shelves and toy storage cubes are at kids’ eye level. A bank of wooden cubes along one wall – painted white or in primary colors – will hold plenty of precious “stuff.”
  • Art wall – Install wainscoting – or any narrow railing of your choice – about 3 feet up on one wall. Paint the wall below it in chalkboard paint (available in most home stores) and keep colored chalk available for drawing.
  • Wall tattoos – Removable wall transfers are inexpensive and widely available in a range of patterns and styles. Change them as and when you wish to reflect your child’s interest in farm animals, vroom-vroom trucks, cars and trains, dinosaurs, or fairy princesses.
  • Display space – every kid wants some. Choose galvanized metal (available in sheets at home stores) to create a magnetic bulletin board, or peel-and-stick corkboards that are easily attachable – and removable - to or from any wall.
  • Multiple lighting – in addition to overhead light, bring in a nightlight or a glow-in-the-dark switchplate, and a dedicated reading light at bedside.
  • Pitch a tent – What kid doesn’t want a secret hideout? Search the toy or camping store for a small tent you can pitch in a corner of the bedroom.
  • A third dimension – Someone handy with basic tools can build a three-dimensional structure out from one wall; a puppet theater, perhaps, or a make-believe “stage,” or even a walk-in “playhouse.”

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