If you read my last article, then you know that murals for kids rooms are losing favor in the decorating world. This is partly due to the fact that hiring a talented muralist is expensive and the economy does not support such luxury. Another reason is that the modern child is a bit more sophisticated than they were 15 to 20 years ago. Just because custom painted murals are no longer possible doesn’t mean that children don’t like lots of color. They are just less likely to want it in the form of cartoon characters.
Instead of painting cartoons and intricate murals on your children’s walls, here are some decorating tips that the modern child will enjoy.
Choose a combination of complementary colors that contrast without clashing. Just as multi colored murals are passe, so are single color bedrooms. The room should instead be broken up into different areas, for work, sleep, and play, with each area having it’s own distinctive color. To keep the room design cohesive, spread the colors you have used throughout the room in the form of fabrics and accessories.
Provide a great deal of storage. The only way you can have too much storage in a child’s room is if you have not left any floor space on which the child can play. Line an entire wall with cabinetry or open shelves. Use under the bed drawers, and loft bed systems to maximize storage space. This will help to keep the child’s room tidy and to build good habits of having a place to put everything away.
Just as you would avoid babyish wall designs, also avoid using babyish furniture. Unless the room is small or shared, get a full sized bed that will last for many years. Choose a bed design that not only appeals to your child now, but that will also appeal to an older child. Stay away from designs that are too cutesy or too out-there.
Keep wall decor simple. There will still be children that buck trends and want something custom on their walls. In these cases, just keep the design simple. Consider a single color silhouette mural or a two color painting of a tree with a brown trunk and green leaves. Remember, you don’t have to paint a picture of a thing. Instead you can stamp leaves on a wall, paint geometric shapes, or paint a giant flower (perhaps to match the bedspread) on the wall.