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A stylish, practical room for the children

A child’s room can express age and personality without being a cliche. It should be a warm space and match the style of the home.

Scripps Howard News Service

A child’s room can express age and personality without being a cliche. It should be a warm space and match the style of the home.

Many moms want a decorating motif that's fun yet timeless enough to grow with their kids. They also want a style that blends in with what they already have in their homes. Here are some tips for making a wonderful haven that will tickle you and your child pink for years. Mary Carol Garrity, Scripps Howard News Service

Pick a palette that lasts. Primary colors and pastels will always work for babies, but if you want your child's room to grow with him or her, consider picking a more enduring color palette.

Select fabulous furnishings. For older kids, wrought-iron bed frames are a great pick. Thanks to their timeless style and solid craftsmanship, these classic beds are a perfect fit from the moment your little one is ready for a big bed up until you send him or her off to college.

Get creative with the bedding. Whether you're outfitting a baby crib with a skirt, bumper and quilt set or spicing up your preteen's pad with a funky duvet and loads of crazy pillows, this is your chance to let your child's personality shine through. Pick an interesting mix of textiles for bedding and pillows, being sure to incorporate touchable fabrics and trims like chenille stripes, pompoms and rickrack. For fun, personalize a pillow or two with your child's name or monogram.

Finish off with accents. What would a nursery or kid's room be without huggable stuffed animals? Instead of making them an afterthought, why not pick cuddly plush animals that harmonize with your color scheme? Additionally, you'll want to pick containers that work hard but also add to the style of the space. Store cotton balls in a graceful glass apothecary jar. Keep baby's jacket on an adorable hook or coat tree. Put diapers and wipes in antique wooden boxes. Store toys in lidded baskets.

Consider replacing the generic ceiling-light fixture with an unusual chandelier. And don't forget great accent lamps, which work perfectly as night-lights. Bring personality to the walls of the room with great artwork. My friend Lisa filled her girls' walls with memorable vintage pieces like framed pages from old nursery-rhyme books, a pair of plaster cherubs salvaged from an antique store and a wall shelf she used as a crown for a bed canopy.

A stylish, practical room for the children 06/20/10 [Last modified: Sunday, June 20, 2010 5:30am]

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