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Design Recipes: Make your child’s room more playful and festive with these 10 tips | Siouxland Homes

By Cathy Hobbs Tribune News Service

Children’s rooms, by their very nature, are meant to be bright, colorful and fun. Looking for ways to bring creativity into a child’s bedroom space? Here are a few tips.

1. Bedding. Bedding is a primary decor element and a key opportunity to infuse color prints and patterns.

2. Citrus colors such as green, orange and yellow are both bright and neutral.

3. Artwork is an opportunity to bring large-scale color into a child’s room.

4. Removable wall decals provide an alternative to wallpaper and can be used to create an interesting accent wall.

5. Portable play items such as hammocks provide fun play spaces, especially for young children.

6. Shelves provide an organization and display opportunity in children’s rooms. Colored bins and bags are other great options.

7. Area rugs offer the opportunity to infuse texture and color into children’s rooms.

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8. Mix candy colors if you’re looking to create an overall color that allows for a versatile scheme.

9. Select neutral primary pieces such as beds and dressers and infuse color through elements such as artwork, rugs and accessories.

10. Reuse objects and decor in interesting ways. For example, use skateboards as shelves or a swing instead of a traditional seating or reading nook.

(New York-based Cathy Hobbs is an Emmy Award-winning television host and nationally acclaimed interior design and home staging expert with offices in New York, Boston and Washington, DC. Contact her at [email protected] or visit her website at

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