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I think color schemes and organization are most important in a child's room.
Dont be afraid of doing something bold on the walls. We put giant map wallpaper on one wall of my sons bedroom and he loves it. We point out all the places in the world we have been to, where my husband is when he travels for work and where family are located. Its educational and a great decor piece!
Maybe not decorating inspiration, but when the girls were small we painted their two rooms fun, yet soft colors (pale blue and pale purple) with cheerful polka dot curtains. For a few years we hung cute black and white photos of baby animals that we found at farmers markets, craft fairs.... Then, as they got older and brought home artwork - it went up. Pictures of them - they went up. Now they are 8 and 10 and their rooms are plastered with posters of their favorite pop stars to dolphins and kittens to pre-school paintings to name posters they have made at the kitchen table. They have created their own decor and their rooms belong to them and they love their spaces!
We started out my daughter's room with a gentle orange colored theme, as we wanted it to keep it unisex. However, once my second daughter joined her, I couldn't resist going pink. By using a mutli-colored rug as a feature in the room, we were able to incorporate the pink without giving up on the orange.
On my blog (see the link above, "Going Green"), in addition to a general view of the room, I've detailed how I'm using greeting cards received on the occasion of their births to decoupage a set of wooden drawers which will become a feature in the room.
We aren't finding out the sex but wanted something soft, soothing, sweet but still sophisticated. Our nursery design was featured on The Wise Baby: http://www.thewisebaby.com/baby-ks-neutral-nursery/
The toughest thing for us was determine overall style. We ended up finding art we loved on Etsy in the form of watercolor mama+baby paintings and they became the spring board for the rest of the room. It definitely helped to find an element we loved and build on it.
Hope this helps!
I made our daughter's room colorful and eclectic, that way it can grow with her. And of course we were sure to include lots of storage, and space to display her artwork!
You can see her room in our home post here:
And a tutorial on her fabric bins here:
Miss E's room is bold and colourful, at the moment she has a wall full of paintings that she has done, but the predominant colour scheme is red/green with some orange and pink thrown in for good measure - it sounds terrible but it works. Don't be afraid of colour. The room still isn't complete as far as decorating, but my plan is a whimsical woodland kind of theme, which can incorporate lots of her favourite things - owls/fairies/trees/rainbows...
I've linked to a post I did a while back which shows the some of the feature items and ideas and also pictures of her nursery with the green/red/pink/orange scheme.
I also wanted to edit and say that over the weekend we set up a little reading tent/corner. We all love hiding away in it!
I love lots of colour and lots of storage! Our house is pretty small so the layout changes as the games change!
Here's a post about some big letters we made for the boys:
It was orange and aqua for this room makeover when we transitioned it from a nursery to a 'big girl' room! My daughter's favorite parts are the colorful bunting, reading nook, and comfy bedding. My favorite part? That she finally sleeps on her own in there!
By turning an old fashioned red wagon into a bookshelf it will make any child's room look adorable! I saw this idea on Pinterest and was eager to do this for BB. It looks adorable in the little guy’s room!
Here's a post that shows the magic of vinyl wall decals to instantly and easily jazz up your child's room. In this picture, I painted a large brown tree on the wall using a stencil, but then decorated that tree with flowers galore using vinyl wall decals!
From a Office to Nursery... Before & Afters
We decorated the boys room in Blue with a Lightening Mc Queen Theme You can see it here.
We believe in open play for our kids and so our "formal" living/dining area is full of play areas. We have splashes of color, but use bins for organizing.
As a graphic designer I put some pretty heavy pressure on myself to make my son's room as awesome as possible. Inspired by a couple of pieces of art I already had and my love of Aquaman, I picked an undersea theme for the nursery. It would include all the requisite "boy" colors, but also be fun and a little atypical. It was difficult, but we found cool bedding and various stuff for the walls over the last couple of years to come up with some truly unique decor. The final (and largest) touch was to paint a mural on the wall(s) — a dream I'd always had for when I finally became a dad.
Read all about the process and see photos here:
Here's a picture of my little mouse's room: http://and-here-we-are.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/into-mouse-hole.html
Here's a link to several photos of my son's room. I wanted a room that would grow with him yet still reflect his toddler interests - trains, cars, planes, etc. We added faux board and batten trim along the bottom half of the walls. It adds signficant architectural interest to an otherwise pretty plain room. The top is a deep gray-blue color which should be timeless and satisfy even the moodiest pre-teen. His furniture is almost entirely hand-me-downs. The rug was the one main purchase we made - it's fun and colorful without being particular "kiddie" - no trains, etc. I could see the same rug working in an office or den! The chair and bed were handed down from my grandparents and the dresser was used in his nursery. I have plans to paint that soon!