The most delightful thing about decorating a child's room is that you can let your own imagination run free.
You don't have to worry about whether teddy bears and butterflies go together or if you dare use a chest of drawers that looks like a person-size carrot.
Your child will be happy to help you come up with wacky and wonderful images that can come to life with today's nontraditional wallcoverings, borders, furnishings, and decorative accents galore.
If you're tired of the usual color schemes, try hot tropical pastels, jewel tones, or cotton candy tints. As long as you repeat some of your basic colors in at least three places in the room, you can mix them up with abandon and the room will still look nicely planned -- not haphazard.
A playroom should be a place for children to put their imaginations to work. With help from the design ideas in this article, your imagination will make that happen for your kids.
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ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Mary Wynn Ryan is the author of numerous interior design books including The Ultimate Kitchen, The Ultimate Bath, Cottage Style, Fresh Country Style, and Garden Style. She has written about home furnishings and interior design for various magazines and served as Midwest editor of Design Times magazine.
Heidi Tyline King is an accomplished writer and editor. She has written extensively about America's arts, culture, history, nature-based attractions, and decorating projects, including All About Paint and Wallpaper, Beautiful Wedding Crafts, Pelican Guide to the Florida Panhandle, The Unofficial Guide to the Southeast with Kids, and others.