How to Avoid Decorating Mistakes in the Kid's Room

Follow these simple tips to avoid making decorating mistakes in your children's rooms

It is easy to make decorating mistakes, especially with a kid's room. With stores and magazines dedicated to decorating for this youngest of consumers, it can be easy to get caught up in buying all sorts of things that don't work or won't last. Avoid these common decorating mistakes when redoing your child's bedroom.

Not setting a budget
It is expensive to have kids. There is no need to add to that expense with decorating mistakes. Set a budget for how much you're willing to spend on decorating your child's room. Spend money on items that you can take with you in case of a job transfer or if you outgrow your current house.

Forgetting to plan ahead
It is easy to make decorating mistakes, especially with a kid's room. With stores and magazines dedicated to decorating for this youngest of consumers, it can be easy to get caught up in buying all sorts of things that don't work or won't last. Avoid these common decorating mistakes when redoing your child's bedroom.

Not setting a budget
It is expensive to have kids. There is no need to add to that expense with decorating mistakes. Set a budget for how much you're willing to spend on decorating your child's room. Spend money on items that you can take with you in case of a job transfer or if you outgrow your current house.

Forgetting to plan ahead
A pink room with teddy bears painted on the walls and teddy bear accessories is adorable for your little baby, but will your daughter still like it when she is in elementary school, or even preschool? Remember that your little bundle of joy will grow up. Plan a room that can grow with her. For example, don't buy a toddler bed when your child outgrows the crib. You'll likely only use it for a few months before you realize that your child has outgrown that, too. Instead, buy a bed that can last for years to come - just add removable guardrails to the side to prevent falls.

With beds in mind, that bunk bed with a slide or that looks like a castle is certainly precious and looks like so much fun for your kids. But how long will they actually like it? Instead of investing in an expensive bed that will quickly be outgrown, buy a bed that is simple and classic and can possibly even go to college with your child. If the room is large enough, you may also consider a double or queen size bed for added convenience when you have out of town guests or your child has a sleepover.

Spending too much on trendy items
Whenever a new kids' movie hits the theaters, you can be sure that every possible accessory and piece of furniture imaginable will come along with it. It's best not to succumb to that decorating mistake. If you spend a lot of money on trends, such as new movie characters, you may find that your children quickly outgrow their decor. When that movie or character is no longer popular, you will have to buy new furnishings to replace that decorating mistake. Instead, decorate with inexpensive accents for any trends that your child loves.

Going overboard with themes
A common decorating mistake is to use a theme in order to decorate a kid's room. Children quickly outgrow themes and you have to repaint and replace the decor. The same goes for murals - a mural with a storybook theme is beautiful for a baby's room, but won't it be hard to paint over it when that baby grows into a preschooler? Murals can also be a drawback if you need to sell your home. Instead, decorate in a classic style and accent with themes that can be painlessly changed as your child ages.

Forgetting to decorate
Another decorating mistake is not decorating at all. Some people just let things happen in a room - there is no sense of unity or style. Toys are piled up, the walls are bare, etc. Instead, have a sense of purpose with the room. Buy a child-friendly toy chest or baskets to store toys. Use a bookcase to organize books and your child's collectibles. Find cheap prints and use them as art for the walls.

Decorating for you
Remember the room is for your child. Many parents make the decorating mistake of designing the dream room from their own childhoods. A room is a special place for a child: a place to play, to imagine, and to call their own. Don't force your own ideas on your child - for instance, painting a room pink (your favorite color) when your child doesn't like pink. Keep it simple and accessorize with what interests your child. You'll avoid a common decorating mistake and make your child happy.

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