Archive for the ‘Kids Room Ideas’ Category

PostHeaderIcon Painting Ideas for Kids Rooms

We’ve been giving much thought to colors, themes, and painting ideas for both the kids rooms. Both rooms are in dire need of being painted.

My daughter’s room could really use new walls period because the paneling is so old and has already been painted once. We might just rip out the paneling and strip the old wallpaper under it, but it’s hard to say at this point. That’s a whole lot of work for just one room, and stripping wallpaper is NOT fun (I already did it once in the living room, and have swore I would never, ever put up wallpaper).

My son’s room also needs some attention. The top half has already been painted white, but the bottom half is nothing more than primer. A project that was started a few years ago and never finished – nothing new in this house.

So it’s time to start thinking of what to colors to paint. Originally the bottom half of my son’s room was going to be a light blue (the same color as the top half of the living room), although he’s protesting. He wants red or black, but I refuse. It’s just too hard to paint over those colors and you know his tastes will change later on. I might be able to change his mind about the blue, but just in case I’ve got a back up plan. I picked up some color samples of acceptable colors.

My daughter insists on pink or purple, but again I must refuse. Little girls only like girly colors for so long. I had a pink room growing up, and I can’t tell you how much I hated it as a teen. It was a very large room, and every corner of it was pink, including the carpet. My friends would comment “wow that’s a pink room” to which I would roll my eyes and curse my parents for decorating it like that.

My daughter’s room will most likely be white, or something that will go with any decor, regardless how much her tastes change. Same as the boy’s room. He’ll most likely get solid white walls as well. Pink (for the girl) or red (for the boy) decor will be in the form of easy to change items like posters, pictures, bedding, and curtains. Things you usually don’t keep forever anyway.

As far as any other painting designs on the walls, those will probably be kept to a minimum if we do it at all. The hallway has textured paint and I hate it. It’s VERY hard to clean, scratches you when you brush against it, and there’s places where the texture has been rubbed off making it look awful. NEVER will I have textured paint again on walls.

Bottom line – keep it simple. Your tastes can change just as much as kids sometimes, and you don’t want to be stuck with walls you don’t like looking at. Just keep it simple and you’ll be happier in the long run. ;)

For decorating ideas, be sure to see our section on Idea Queen for cool kids bedrooms.

PostHeaderIcon Decorating the Kids Rooms

It’s a miracle. My 5 yr old daughter cleaned her room without even being asked to. Although I suspect it has something to do with the fact I just got her a new shelf for her toys, but I had told her it’s not going in there until the room as clean.

I’m actually pretty proud of these shelves, since they cost me a whole $3 at a consignment shop. You just can NOT beat that price, and it was something we really needed. Big toy bins only go so far when you are trying to organize a room. Needless to say we are excited to get it in her room.

This is just one step in a very long road to decorate each of the kids rooms. Up until now their rooms have been just a place to “keep their stuff”, but we are in the process of turning each room into “their personal space”. This is a HUGE challenge to say the least.

During the transformations, I’ll be referencing several pages already up on Idea Queen. The section featuring kids room ideas holds many of the ideas already floating around in my head. Plus of course, I’ll be searching for specific products at Your Kids Direct.

I’d love to hear any personal stories or ideas you’ve used for your kids rooms!

PostHeaderIcon Homemade Toy Boxes

Since Christmas is almost here and you’ll soon have a few extra toys in the house, I figured this was a good day to pull up a craft we did quite some time ago. It’s been on Idea Queen for a good 2 years now, but it’s one of those crafts you can do as many times as you want. One of our smaller toy boxes I just happened to see yesterday, because it’s now being used for favorite books.

The idea is simple – take any box and decorate it. Not only is it something useful, but the kids have something to do for the afternoon. This craft would also be great as something to do after Christmas while the kids are on their winter break from school. We use them for toy collections, books, and other odd toys that can’t just be sitting on the floor. You can make your boxes any shape or size to fit your needs. It’s also a great way to use a lot of those boxes you have left over from presents!

Usually we just get the paints out and let them have at it. You can decorate your boxes with any materials you already have, or any you see at craft stores. For an extra step, you can even make a box for something specific. For example, if you are storing My Little Ponies in your box, then you can cut out pieces of a box the ponies came in and glue them to the side of your homemade box (I actually did this when I was a kid with the old MLP!)

The possibilities are really endless, and you can spend an entire afternoon doing this. The best part is you are getting your kids to organize their toys!

PostHeaderIcon Ideas for Kids Rooms

This section we actually planned at least a year or two ago, but never found the time. Well finally it’s up and you can go check it out!

You can find several ideas for kids rooms, including decorating ideas, bedding suggestions, crafts for kids rooms, theme ideas, and more. This section will hopefully be growing a little more in the near future (as in less than a year this time!), and we will be accepting new suggestions for it as well.

So if you have an idea for kids rooms, please be sure to submit them!