If there's one thing that parents can count on children to do in their rooms, it's plopping down on the floor to build things, crawl through makeshift "tents" or just cozy up to a corner and settle onto a pillow to read a book.
As a result, the floor is a pretty important part of a child's room. Having warm floors then becomes a priority when trying to make a kid's retreat as comfortable as possible. With radiant floor heating, homeowners are assured that the heat in their children's rooms will be just the right temperature for days spent sprawled on the floor enjoying games and fun times with their friends.
Along with that comfort, an ideal place for children to call their own includes their favorite colors, a soft area rug, plenty of pillows and durable furniture on which they can relax and play.
To design a space that appeals to a child's sense of whimsy, FrugallyMinded.com recommends painting old furniture in different colors as the child grows and their room decor changes.
Lampshades can be painted in a matching hue, with stickers or decals in the theme chosen for the room. Soft furnishings, including bed linens, canopies and decorative pillows, in reversible fabrics can be switched over periodically.
Focus on interests
Nothing is more inspiring than the art wall chosen for a youngster's room. It can create a focal point, reflect special interests and show their personality in a way that few other decorating techniques can.
Parents should look to their children's interests when searching for a decorative border or art work to display. There are plenty of wall stickers available in favorite children's characters, from princesses to dinosaurs. But if a child has an interest that doesn't fall into those general categories, stencils can be used to design one-of-a-kind decor.
If the children are old enough, they may be able to contribute the art work themselves. Inexpensive poster board provides a blank canvas for youngsters to paint their favorite characters.
Change over time
Choose a decorating scheme that can be easily replaced when children outgrow it. Or pick a theme that can be changed into progressively more mature images and art styles as children get older, according to ImprovingYourWorld.com.
For instance, children's magazines provide plenty of nature and animal photos, often in vibrant colors. Allow children to pick their favorites and help them create a theme-based collage.