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How to Design a Room Your Kids Will Actually Love

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Ozburn used Hermès Tendresse Feline wallcovering for an animal-loving five-year-old: “It’s a neutral color and not childish, so he won’t outgrow it.” Chandelier and sconce: Aerin for Circa Lighting. Trim paint: WC-32, Fine Paints of Europe. Bed: The Beautiful Bed Company. Stool: The CEH in Schumacher fabric. Shades: Bennison fabric with Schumacher trim. Art: Karen Nicol, IG ART. Rug: Missoni for Prestige Mills.

Kids’ rooms should be more than chalkboard walls and bunk beds. Kaitlin Petersen, editor in chief of the trusted industry resource Business of Home, chatted with leading experts—from designers to a neuroscientist—to understand why children need a well-designed space, and how to communicate their vision at any age.

Ages 2-7: Involvement

business of home logoInterests at this age tend to be intense but fleeting, so designers agree that it’s best to avoid overtly thematic bedrooms. “When kids say, ‘I love sports and dance!’ they’re thinking about the overall feel, not the individual pieces,” says Sacramento, California-based designer and mom of two Shavonda Gardner. “They just want to open their door and go,”Getting kids involved in the design process at this age can help them develop important skills. “One of our main jobs as parents of younger children is to scaffold them from small things to teach them how to make decisions about bigger things,” says Erin Clabough, a neuroscientist, author, and mom of four. “They can get overwhelmed with too many options.”.Clabough Says… “Give them two or three choices. It’s a lovely trick to make them feel heard.”Nashville-based designer Hannah Ozburn asks kids to weigh in on the look of their room. “I use a more sophisticated colorway for big-ticket items like walls, window treatments, and rugs so they can be used for many years,” she says. “We can swap mirrors, lamps, and bedding to tie it all together as the child’s tastes change.”How to shake your little one’s demand for a -inspired ice-castle bedroom? If they’re crushing on a theme you can’t stomach, find a sophisticated color that evokes it. “Farrow & Ball has the most delicate, beautiful pinks that won’t ruffle your feathers,” says Boston-based designer Mally Skok. “Take the child’s instruction but create a room through your lens.”Decisions Your Kids Can Make
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