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Remodeling the Kids' Bedrooms

Posted by Woodrow Aames ~ February 17, 2010

For my first themed bedroom as a child, my parents put out posters of the woods, hung my coonskin cap from a hook, and we called it a "Daniel Boone" motif. It didn't last long after I got my first chemistry set and scorched the poster of pine trees and brilliant blue sky. Comparatively, today's themed kids bedrooms are way over the top, with murals, larger-than-life wall figures, flamboyant bedspreads, themed light fixtures, and colored carpeting. You can buy themes from manufacturers and retailers. But I really admire bedrooms cobbled together from scratch by do-it-yourselfers with initiative.

If you're remodeling a bedroom with your child in mind, you can find a universe of ideas on the Internet, from major retailers to small, family owned boutiques. Your design work is simplified if your kids want a popular theme from an amusement park, motion picture, or television show. But beware. Because many entertainment themes are short lived, your child may quickly lose interest in the decor. I find that the more-generic looks have staying power.

Bedroom Remodeling Ideas for Boys and Girls

Girls don't pull puppy dog's tails. They like soft pastel colors, polka dots, angels, and nature. The idea, according to Better Homes and Gardens is to create a floral pattern around a queen-size bed that the girl won't outgrow until she's ready for college. Boys, on the distaff side, are into race cars, sports teams, outer space fantasies, cowboys, and dinosaurs. Better Homes suggests a sports motif that can keep pace through adolescence. Digs Digs has a great assortment of pictorial ideas, by theme, for girls and boys.

If you're controlling the cost, then pre-built, unfinished furniture can really fit the bill. You can make your own theme and then paint furniture, walls, and baseboards. Think of a starry sky for the ceiling. But before you pick up a brush, look over our 8 Easy Tips for a Great Interior Paint Job. Even a simple theme can be blasted into vibrancy if you coordinate window treatments, light fixtures, and pay attention to wainscoting and texture.

My rule of thumb is that if the room does little for you, it probably won't inspire your child either!

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