Decorating tips for children

By NADINE WILSON All Woman writer

Monday, December 17, 2012

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ONE of the best ways to make your child happy this Christmas is to create a child-friendly room for them that will rival any Disney movie set.

You don't have to be a professional interior decorator to achieve this, and it does not have to cost you a whole lot of money either, you just have to allow your creative juices to flow and get to work. Here are some tips to bear in mind if you plan to take on such a project.

1. Invest in pretty fabric.

Upholster your child's chairs with colourful fabric that can be easily sourced at the fabric store. You can also purchase material with your child's favourite cartoon character to custom make their bed linen and curtains.

2. Make and decorate toy boxes.

You and your child can work together to create a large toy box that can be stored at one section of the room. Make the project fun by painting or having your child put their handprints on the box — a regular cardboard box — or wrap with used gift paper. You can also use coloured crates to store toys. These are easily sourced at juice companies or wholesales.

3. Go bold.

Choose bright colours that you are sure your children will like for the wall paint. Your child will like their room much more if you allow them to choose their own paint.

4. Add multiple light sources.

You can decorate a simple lamp to give it a more child-friendly look. Use stickers or kids' paint. Be sure to include different types of lighting in the room, so they have a light to study with, and a night light for those who are afraid of the dark and who want to be able to find the bathroom.

5. Buy wall stickers.

Huge wall stickers with cartoon characters are available for purchase cheap downtown. Buy a few and stick them on your child's wall. You can also paste these stickers on pieces of furniture to make the room look more fun.

6. Utilise their artwork.

Mount your child's art pieces on the walls, on the sides of furniture, or attach them to strings so they can hang from the ceiling. Also frame some of their drawings and display them on their workstations or other display spaces.

7. Keep things at the child's height.

Closet storage space, bookshelves, desks and other pieces of furniture should be placed at your child's height for easy access once they do not pose any danger to your child. Doing this will also encourage them to be more independent.

8. Use colourful mats.

You can purchase colourful floor rags to add to the room, or if you can, mix and match learning tiles to make the floors more visually appealing and educational.

9. Use cans for storage.

Save food cans and paint and colour them for additional storage. You can use them to hold pencils, rubber bands and markers. The same can be done for simple cups that you and your child can decorate together.





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