Guest Post courtesy of Kerrie Kelly, ASID.
We may still be in the midst of the dog days of summer, but it’s more than likely that you are already looking forward to the new school year. What better way to kick off the coming academic calendar (and make use of summer’s waning days) than with a little home rejuvenation, from fresh paint to an organizational overhaul? Oftentimes when decorating, the kids’ rooms are overlooked in favor of more public places, but think of it this way: Creating a fun and functional space for your kids might help you keep the rest of your home clean and organized.
Here are five affordable ways to hit the refresh button on your home, with kid-approved looks and styles.
1. Remove the clutter
Most kids have a lot of stuff—usually more than they can even play with. The best way to begin refreshing your child’s room is to remove the unnecessary clutter. Start with the things that they’ve outgrown, such as old toys and books (but feel free to keep a few for nostalgia’s sake). Then make sure you have a system for organizing what’s left. We love the look of brightly painted wall shelving to store books and games.
2. Refurbish the classics
So many people today choose to buy cheap furniture and dispose of it immediately after they’ve outgrown it. We prefer to work with classic pieces like a vintage rocking chair or eclectic bed frame, and then restore it to suit the space.
The best part about refurbished pieces is that they can grow with you and your family, and you can reinvent their look over and over again. Once your tot outgrows his nursery, refurbish the rocking chair by painting or reupholstering it to be a recliner in the corner of his room for a reading nook or video game corner. Spray paint will become your best friend once you realize that you can transform your tot’s toy room by spraying a new color onto their toy box or table.
3. Embrace color
Paint is one of the best ways to instantly spruce up a space, and with kids’ rooms you can experiment with fun colors and patterns. We love accent walls that can grow with your child. Light gray and yellow make for a great neutral setting as your kids grow and discover their own style. Once they’re a bit older, head to the paint department and allow them to choose their own room colors. They’ll love the feeling of independence that comes with making such a significant design decision, and they may even grab a brush and help! Just be sure to first remove furniture from the room and to tape down drop cloths to protect your floors.
4. Shift around
For a quick and no-cost room rejuvenation, simply rearrange! Start by shifting large pieces of furniture to create a different layout within your kid’s room. Just slightly angling the bed and pushing the desk against the wall under the window will instantly inject the room with a fresh feeling.
5. Delightful décor
If you want to truly transform any space, new décor is always a necessity. However, when shopping, it’s best to stay focused on your design directive. Only buy pieces that are needed to round out the look, and make sure you know exactly how you intend to use your new décor before you bring it home. Having a plan in place before you hit the store will help you stick within your budget.
About the Author
Kerrie Kelly is a specialist on home renovations and paint colors and writes about design and color coordination for The Home Depot. Kerrie calls California home and is the author of two design books: “Home Decor: A Sunset Design Guide” and “My Interior Design Kit.” Home Depot’s selection of paint colors available for your home can be found at http://www.homedepot.com/b/Paint/N-5yc1vZar2d.