{kids rooms for all ages}

Creating a child’s room can be a fun design project. Colors and themes are really only limited by your imagination.But, you do want to consider how the room will grow with the child. Making some smart decisions in the beginning will save you a lot of headaches and money in the long run.

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{dr. seuss inspiration}

On March 2, we pay homage to Theodor Seuss Geisel, born on this day in 1904. Perhaps you know this person better as Dr. Seuss, world-renowned author, credited with writing 44 children’s books with fun rhyming verses! Dr. Seuss created some of the literary world’s most memorable characters, from The Cat in The Hat to Horton and the Grinch. Children and the young at heart will appreciate these Seuss-inspired rooms!

Kids will love turning their drab bedrooms into a colorful space to play. Channel the whimsical fun of Dr. Seuss with bright wallpaper and quirky rugs.

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For new parents, there’s nothing more exciting than wondering what will their little one will grow up to be in the future. This welcoming “Oh! The Places You’ll Go!” nursery is the perfect place for baby and mom to dream.

Design Dazzle

Save all your kids’ books like Hop on Pop, Fox in Sox, and One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish in a stylish playroom like this one. Allow your kids to have a space of their own where their imaginations can run wild.

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Murals, vinyl quotes, and wall décor can also jazz up any room, giving it a Seuss feel!

Pottery Barn Kids

Adults can join in the fun, too! Add a splash of red to a bold black and white room, using the colors of The Cat in the Hat. Stripes can also be used for a mature take on this Dr. Seuss theme.

House Beautiful

Be sure to celebrate Theodor Seuss Geisel on March 2. Read a book and think about the creative ways you can bring Dr. Seuss’ zany characters into your home!

{bring literature to life in your child’s room}

A child’s bedroom is not complete without a bookcase full of fairy tales, fables and funny stories about family and growing up. Not only can books inspire your child’s imagination, but they can also inspire their decor!

The first week of February is celebrated as Kid Author & Book week, which got us thinking about new design inspiration for kid rooms. How fun would it be to draw inspiration from the beloved characters of Winnie the Pooh, Curious George and Charlotte the spider? With just a few simple touches, you can bring the pages of your child’s favorite book to life right in their bedroom!

Let’s start with one of the best-selling children’s books of all time – Charlotette’s Web. Wilber, Charlotte, Fern and all their barnyard friends can make their home in your child’s room with this mural from RoomMates.

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Add a warm quilt to your child’s bed or a comfortable rocking chair to complete the country look!

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And who can forget the tubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff? Winnie the Pooh and all his friends from the Hundred Acre Woods will come out and play with the help of some wall art from Wall Pops.

Wall Pops

Since Winnie the Pooh is a classic character that has evolved through time, consider mixing classic and modern elements. Start with a classic white background and then add in fun modern patterns and accents, like in the photo below. If you look closely, you can even see Christopher Robin’s rain boots!

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Curious George is a timeless character that every child and parent knows. You can share the fun and excitement of George’s adventures with these fun wall decals.

RoomMates

Pick any one of Geroge’s adventures as the basis for your inspiration, or go with a more neutral jungle theme if you just can’t pick! Just don’t forget to add in a a big yellow hat!

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Take advantage of Kid Author & Book week to spend some time reading with your child – or decorating!

{fantasy rooms for children}

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” transports children to the far away land of Narnia – encountering dragons, dwarves and lost warriors.

"The Chronicles of Narnia"

The movie, and book, may have your child dreaming of fantastical adventures. What better way to spur his or her imagination than with a bedroom that immerses them in a land of make-believe?

First, start with the bed. This can be as simple as the bedding you choose – but you can also get creative with headboards. Why not create a castle or shield for the head of a bed?

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If painting on a wall seems intimidating – there are some amazing stick-and-peel products to use. You can check out catalogs for Wall Pops and RoomMates products at Hirshfield’s. If you have a younger child, these Dragon Hunter wall stickers are fun and colorful.

RoomMates Wall Stickers

How about creating a magic wardrobe for your child? This is an amazing addition to a room – if you have the space. It could even be a do-it-yourself project with a reclaimed armoire.

Magic Wardrobe

Consider using an image of a lamppost – which is a key part of the stories – or lion in honor of the character Aslan to bring “Narnia” home to your child.

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Finally, use maps to lead your children through the story of a magical journey. Decorating with maps is a big trend right now and popular in all kinds of spaces. You can be literal and use a map from Narnia, or simply look for a map of the world to plan your adventures.

Map of Narnia

Room for Children by Susanna Salk

{harry potter at home}

This week we’re hearing a lot about Muggles, horcruxes and our favorite wizard, Harry Potter. The second-to-last movie in the series has us thinking of magical ways to decorate a child’s room.

One way to get started is to check out the RoomMates catalog at your neighborhood Hirshfield’s store. The company makes some incredible peel-and-stick artwork for a room.

RoomMates

RoomMates

Or, consider using paint and some unique furniture to bring the books and movies to life for a child. This room creates a fantasy with a dreamy purple color, car bed and suitcase dresser.

Design Dazzle

You can also consider adding accents of brooms, hats, books and owls to a child’s room to pay homage to the Harry Potter series.

How would you bring a little magic and fantasy to a child’s room? We love to read your comments!

{gender neutral nurseries}

Right now my husband and I are expecting our first child. As soon-to-be parents we’re inundated with information about what to expect, what to do (or more specifically what not to do), and what to buy. And this is all before our little one arrives!

One of the biggest projects expectant parents tackle is getting the nursery ready. Some people take a minimalist approach to baby’s first room…

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…while others really go all out in creating a fantasy room fit for a little prince or princess.

Project Nursery

Benjamin Moore

We’re waiting to find out if we’re having a boy or a girl – so we have the added challenge of making sure the nursery is “gender neutral.” Don’t mistake gender neutral for boring.  You can use the rainbow of colors available to paint your walls, or maybe use a more subtle all-over hue and then make it pop with stripes, an accent wall or mural!

Photos from: The Design File, HGTV & BabyCenter

Green is actually the most popular color for nurseries. It’s a great canvas for any theme you choose – from animals to characters to simple shapes.

The Design File

We chose to stick with the soft yellow that was already in the room we’re using as the nursery – it was once our office and exercise space.

Benjamin Moore Mellow Yellow

It’s similar to Benjamin Moore Mellow Yellow and is a great backdrop for almost any accent we decided on. The room will soon be filled with black furniture, colorful artwork and black and white accents. I’ll share the finished product in a future post.

When you’re designing a space for a little boy or girl, it’s great to have the room be able to grow with them. One way to do that is to look at what you put on the walls. Murals and wall decals are a great way to add personality without a long-term commitment.

RoomMates Wall Decals

You can order WallPops and RoomMates at Hirshfield’s. The best part? They can be changed out as your child grows and his or her interests form.

One tip to remember if you’re putting together a nursery without knowing your baby’s gender: leave a space or two open to personalize the room when your little one arrives. This can be as simple as his or her name in letters or monogram above the crib.

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