how to design with kids in mind ::

if you walk through any big name home decor store, you may get the impression that the way to design a space perfect for any kiddo or teen is to follow two rules … pick a theme {butterflies, sports, ballerinas, pirates} and select matching furnishings {a bed that matches the dresser that matches the nightstands … you get the idea}.  well, let me take a minute to bust through those “rules” by offering a few design ideas.  first decide how your child, tween, or teen will use the space – do they need a place to study, a space to “hangout” with friends, or a good organizational system?  then select items already in their room or from around the house that can be used in the space.  what pieces can be kept, reused, or repurposed?  next, make your shopping list … what is needed in the room?  perhaps a new nightstand, art, or storage?

that’s exactly the thought process i used when creating the most recent design board for an 11 year old boy who had some very specific requests … he wanted the walls to be a dark gray {we needed to find the right shade to work with the existing dresser and shelving unit that had already been repainted}, he asked that his favorite sports teams be represented {though I promised his mom we wouldn’t do a “theme” room}, and there were certain items that were going to be used {the headboard from mom and dad’s room, a desk from his older brother, and the red locker storage bins already in use in his room}.  my goal was to bring in color besides the ones found in his favorite sports logos, and to give his room an eclectic, collected feel that would grow with him over the upcoming years.  the result?

jack's room2

and while this is merely a start that we’ll use to adjust and build upon to find the perfect style for this design savvy tween, it’s good to have direction when beginning any design project!  so the next time your child asks for an updated room, throw the “rules” out the window and design with kids in mind!


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