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Do's and don'ts for kids' rooms

Creativity can run wild when decorating a kid's room. But there are some things you should keep in mind. Here are some do's and don'ts to remember. Home & Garden Television

Don't add your fantasy into theirs. Decorating a room provides a great opportunity for children to express their personalities, and can be a great opportunity for parents to learn more about their kids.

Don't spend big money on trends. Only follow the trends if they work for you, your child's age and your home.

Do get funky with accessories. Accessories are a great way to introduce a trend, because they don't cost a ton of money.

Don't buy twin beds. Buy at least a full-sized bed if the room is big enough to handle it.

Do consider built-ins. Often when a child goes off to college, the room becomes a home office or a guest room. Built-in shelves and even desk space are "great for a study or den," says Cathy Whitlock, a Nashville interior designer.

Don't spend more than you can afford. Have your child make a list of all the things he or she wants for the room, from rugs to a lava lamp. Then, commit to the three most important and add the rest of the list as your budget allows.

Do buy a few, high-quality items. Generally, there are three transitions in the life of a kid's room: the move from a crib to a big kid bed at age 2 or 3; the changeover from the toddler room to a kid's room from ages 6 to 12; and then another redecoration at age 17 or so.

Do put kids to work. Give kids assignments, both to save money and to get them invested in their space.

Do's and don'ts for kids' rooms 10/31/10 [Last modified: Sunday, October 31, 2010 5:30am]

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