Cool Kids on the Block: How to Revive A Kid's Room

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To me, decorating a kid’s room is one of the hardest in the whole house. You want a combination of durable yet cheap, fun yet not too cheesy. These days, it’s so easy to fall into the trap of buying stuff marketed to kids with their favorite cartoon characters. I mean, they make it way too easy! Yet, there are a number of great designers and shops creating thoughtful and well-designed products that won’t have you shielding your eyes or breaking the bank as long as you prioritize. Here are a few ways to add cool to your kid’s room.

Pick a patterned wallpaper

Patterned wallpaper
Images: (Top Left) Momfilter, (Top Right) Ralfefarfars Paradis, (Bottom Left) Milk Magazine, (Bottom Right) Pinterest

Admittedly, wallpaper can be expensive, but if that’s the only decoration in the room, then you’re good to go. I tend to gravitate towards patterns that are a bit whimsical like the Josef Frank pattern in the first photo above or the blue horses print. They’re sweet and not too cartoony. Wallpaper adds instant finesse to a plain room.

Paint a piece of furniture

Paint a piece of furniture
Images: (Top Left) Pinterest, (Top Right) Pinterest, (Bottom Left) Pinterest, (Bottom Right) Pinterest

Painting a piece of furniture is a cheap way of adding pizzazz to a kid’s room, or any room for that matter. This is a good idea for your hand-me-downs or Ikea pieces that need a little something more. Paint it bright and bold for extra umph.

Limit your color palette

Limit your color palette
Images: (Top Left) The Boo and the Boy, (Top Right) Pinterest, (Bottom Left) Nursery Notations, (Bottom Right) Pinterest

Limiting your color palette to one or two colors equals instant cool, especially if it’s black and white or neutrals. It’s fresh, graphic, and bold and would even be a room that you would want and not just for your kids. This look is definitely for those with strong will-power who can resist the urge to buy pink for their girls and blue for the boys.

What’s your favorite tip for decorating


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  4. I’m scared of wallpaper so my go to matra when I decorated my son’s nursery was limit the color palette. I also love adding oversized artwork. I hung a couple of 24′ x 36″ photographs of my son’s face. Very close up in white frames with navy matting.

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Brittany Watson Jepsen is an American designer and crafter who just returned to America after 2 1/2 years in wonderful Copenhagen, Denmark. Her motto is "a creative mess is better than tidy idleness" and she lives each day accordingly. During graduate school for interior design she spent one summer working for designers Jonathan Adler and Celerie Kemble and another summer studying textile design at the Danish Design School. She created her blog, The House That Lars Built, as a way to keep her designing and crafting. She currently runs her blog and her etsy shop, where she sells her home accessories and paper flowers.