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Designing the ideal bedroom for your child

Designing the ideal bedroom for your child

The most important room of the house is not the kitchen. For your child, it’s the bedroom, says Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey, a Virginia-based designer and principal of SCW Interiors. The bedroom “imprints,” and children remember it forever. Cavin-Winfrey shares some tips for those parents who aim to create the ideal space for their special someone.

  • First things first — identify the needs of the space. Let the needs dictate the decisions.
  • Choose storage strategies and tools, keeping in mind that children’s needs change as they grow.
  • Don’t forget to include your child in the planning process. Allowing your son or daughter to make decisions about one aspect of the room will afford a stronger sense of ownership.
  • Not everything needs to match, so resist the urge to buy all furniture pieces and accessories from one store or line. Eclectic style is definitely fashionable.
  • Also, don’t overdo colors. Kids’ needs and tastes alter with time. Hot pink and baby blue today might not work so well when your daughter and son hit adolescence.

And last but not least, if two or more children are sharing one space, keep equality in mind. Give each child the same amount of storage, at least one dedicated wall, and some accent pieces that reflect an individual identity.