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´╗┐Decorating Your Child's Room

Decorating you child's room can be a lot of fun particularly if you involve him/her in the whole process. The first thing to decide would be the color that you want to use. Its pass├ę to use blue for boys and pink for girls besides the shades that you use can actually impact your child's mood and behavior. For instance earthy tones will have a calming effect on a hyper active child while a vibrant yellow will energize a shy child. Color therapy is a potent and effective science and it should be incorporate while choosing a color for your child's room. Try using gloss paint which is easily washable. Alternatively you could also use chalk paint at least on one wall which can be used as a painting surface.

If you are using a bright color restrict it to only one wall. A cheap yet interesting option to decorate the ceiling is to use glow in the dark stars preferably with a rotating lamp strategically placed to give the effect of outer space.

A kid's room should be centered around his/her favorite theme. This is the area that your child will use to play, read and study, since it's not just a sleeping place it should be appropriate for all the activities that he/she wants to indulge in and should ideally be multi functional. Talk to your child about his favorite theme. You can easily get cut outs of favorite cartoon characters or toy figurines to decorate the walls. Children dislike plain walls so instead of them messing up the walls you might as well add something interesting to them yourself. You can make or buy stencils of animals, action heroes etc to paint the walls.

Avoid long drapes in a child's room. The best choice would be short curtains or blinds. The fabric used for the curtains should match the pillow cases, bed ruffles and lamp shades in terms of color and pattern. Here again you can get creative with a sewing machine and incorporate a favorite cartoon character. You can also buy themed comforters and pillow cases from most toy shops.

There should be a lot of emphasis on storage space in a child's room so you will need a closet with substantial storage space and shelves but that would just take care of the clothes. Apart from this you can add extra shelves for toys and books, large baskets which can be decorated by you and your child for clothes or toys and colorful transparent plastic containers for stationary. You will also need to place a desk in the room.

Lighting is another aspect that will need careful planning. The child's room will need ample of lighting for study time, soothing lights for play time and a night light for nap time. Covered lamps are the safest for a child's room. The popular themes that can used without spending too much are fish aquarium, Barbie house, Outer space, Harry Potter, Dragons or Dinosaurs, Race cars, airplanes and the jungle.

Most of the things that you will need are easily available at Wal-Mart or a dollar shop. All you need is some time on your hands and lots of creativity to give your child a room that he will cherish for years to come.