Love this cute pacman garland for Halloween…..would be even more awesome with the pumpkins in the fireplace below. Have a happy and safe Halloween!
The curve, similar to a line…….but it’s not required to be straight. It’s the perfect solution for a room that is too square (and boring), especially for those teens and tweens who live life just a little differently than the rest of us.
Curvy cutouts instantly change boxy bedrooms to ultra cool kid retreats—like one of these.…..
My favorite? I love the hole-in-the-wall tunnel, passageway….whatever you want to call it. How cool is that big padded circle! The teen “cloud” comes in 2nd.
Which one is your favorite? Here’s the poll for you to vote:
If Dorothy S. Andersen had written wintertime verses to her children’s song, she might have said something like this…….What do kids do in the wintertime
Floors. Kids. Games. The three go hand-in-hand, year round and especially on days when it’s too cold or rainy to be outside. Do you have kids who like to play games? Do you have a long room with lots of floor space? Then indoor games on playroom floors are the answer to the can’t-go-outside-to-play days.
Here are two fabulous ideas for large spaces……and a few more great ideas for rooms with less space. All kid-friendly and sure to bust the dreary day blues.
Need a few more indoor game ideas? See these posts:
Another really cute idea in the “It’s the Little Things” segment.
I’m sure you have seen the “Keep Calm and Carry On” artwork during the last year or so. Have you noticed all the variations on the same theme?
Keep Calm, I’m a Nurse. Keep Calm and Eat More Candy. Keep Calm and Enjoy the Weekend. Keep Calm, Go Surfing.
All good but my favorite is a variation…..Nope, No Monsters Here. Carry On.
Have a kid who’s afraid of the monsters under the bed or in the closet? Yep, this little sign is the answer. Carry on.
It’s the little things…..
A line with abrupt alternate left and right turns. It’s one of the first patterns kids learn to draw. Called a zigzag…..but space it evenly, make the shape a continuously connected ‘V’ and you have the chevron, a popular, trendy pattern popping up in kids’ rooms.
It can be one color alternating with bands of white or multiple colors mixed together, either way, it is showing up in rooms for all ages. From baby nurseries to teen rooms, the chevron crosses all age barriers and is gender neutral.
The chevron adds movement to any room so use it carefully. Here are a few fabulous ideas of great chevron patterns.
Rooms for boys or girls, babies, tweens, or teens…..add a little movement and fun to any surface with the versatile chevron. For more pattern ideas, check out these posts on animal patterns, argyles, paisley, polka dots, plaids, chevrons, and diamonds.
No closet? No problem. I covered that once in The “No Closet” Kids’ Room Closet but who says one post covers all ideas! There are so many clever designs and ingenious tricks for creating a closet when it’s missing from the room.
When you don’t have a closet, it’s the hanging kidstuff that suffers. Some things just need to hang instead of being stuffed in a drawer, basket, or bin. Here are six more ideas (or Part-2) to help solve your no closet conundrum.
If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the 5 design steps for the “no closet” closet given in Part-1 to help you make this unique storage space attractive, then set to work creating your own. A few tools and a little ingenuity will create organization out of chaos.
Find other clutter busters in the Series: Maximizing Kids’ Room Closets and more closet organization and design ideas here:
Another really cute idea in the “It’s the Little Things” segment.
The sight of this little cityscape put a big smile on my face. Actually this little thing made me giddy with excitement, wanting to go in the room and open the cabinet doors!
Someone took the normally blah-blah-blah cabinet doors and added endearing enchantment. How wonderfully creative! A quaint little town with windows into each building and notice the detail……applied moulding, detailed brickwork, and unique design.
Architecture for a kid’s playroom.
It’s the little things…..
Another post in the kids’ room pattern essentials series with the 2nd of 5 basic pattern shapes—geometrics. You remember learning about and drawing these in school and it’s something your kids do on a daily basis.
Squares. Rectangles. Circles. Triangles. Diamonds. Simple geometric shapes, often combined with connecting lines, come together to form a specific design or pattern. The combinations are endless.
For design purposes, geometrics can be broken down into four basic groups: symmetrical, asymmetrical, repetitive, and varied.
Symmetrical patterns are the most common and easy to spot. The shape is made up of exact parts opposite one another or “mirrored” shapes. Chevrons are considered symmetrical.
Asymmetrical patterns are a little harder to detect. They have a semblance of balance but the elements are positioned off center to one another. Basically the parts are not mirrored as in symmetrical patterns and fail to correspond to one another in shape, size or arrangement.
Spotting a repetitive pattern is pretty simple. This pattern has one element, one thing repeated over and over without changing size, shape, spacing, or color. The circle pattern in the chair upholstery is repetitive two ways…….the overall repeating circles and repetition of elements that make up the pattern.
Geometric patterns that are considered varied incorporate elements differing in size, amount, or something else of the same general shape. The circle bedding above is considered a varied pattern……same shape (circle) but in various sizes, placement, and color. Varied patterns may be different types of the same thing such as paisleys.
Why the need to know all of this about geometric patterns? Patterns can make or break a room. Geometrics are often large and when used unsuccessfully, create a sense of incompatibility. Used correctly, you can achieve a feeling of rightness, creating a lively and stimulating atmosphere that kids love to call “mine”.
Check out the Kids’ Room Pattern Essentials in design basics for more on:
Even though they’ve been around for hundreds of years (think Tartan) and most commonly used for clothing, plaids have hit their stride as a popular pattern for use in kids’ room decor.
Do you know what makes a plaid a plaid? Here’s the textbook definition:
Plaid – “A pattern consisting of crossed horizontal and vertical bands in two or more colors in woven cloth.”
Plaids are considered “checks” in the 5 basic pattern shapes (florals, geometrics, checks, stripes, and combinations) but simply put they are crossed bands in varying widths, 2 directions, 2 or more colors…..and woven.
Woven. That’s my favorite feature. Why? Because of the amazing pattern variety available and the luxurious feel of texture created by different yarns.
Ok, less about what I like and more about how it’s used in kids’ rooms that make it such a popular trend…….
Traditional twist or themed room, rustic or romantic, masculine or feminine……plaids work in kids’ rooms.
Want to know more about the 5 basic pattern shapes? Check out the design basics series on Kids’ Room Pattern Essentials then look for specific posts on animal patterns, argyle, paisley, polka dots, chevrons, and diamonds for more fun with patterns.
A few months ago I posted Making Small Rooms Feel Big covering design basics used in, well, making a small room feel bigger than reality. Some of the tips were space savers; some just created the illusion of larger space.
This post will take it one step further with terrific and trendy ideas for kids’ small room design.
(Above) Ah…..the Louis Ghost Armchair. Perfect for small spaces. It’s there but it’s not. It adds a sense of lightness to a room as does the light color scheme. Also great for small spaces—swing arm lamp, small patterns, few accessories, and wall mounted nightstand.
(Right) Narrow room feels spacious with light colored, reflective surfaces and plenty of natural light. Beds are small scale. Storage is built-in or wall-mounted leaving plenty of room for play on the floor. **UPDATE: Check out the post on using accessories to create an airplane themed room.
(Below) Make the bed and hide it away until needed. Worked in Pullman train cars. Why not a teen’s bedroom? Light colors, smooth surfaces, and small scale furniture work here. Nothing big or chunky about the desk even though it seats two. Horizontal lines lengthen the room.
(Left) This off the floor and up the wall idea provides a place for both study and storage in a compact little corner of the room. Clip-on light is adjustable and uses little space. Desk chair is small scale reducing visual impact, doubling as a step-stool for reaching items stored up high.
(Below) It’s not even a room. Built-in furniture makes it possible to tuck two beds and lots of book storage into a tiny little alcove. Light colors and daylight make the small space seem larger.
(Above) This small attic space accommodates both sleep and play without feeling cramped. How? Limited accessorizing, light color scheme, small scale patterns, and plenty of natural light. Notice the strand of lights in the dollhouse? No need for a lamp or a night-light.
(Right) While it’s not a perfect space, cozy alcoves can become the perfect little baby nursery. Wall decals work better than artwork here…..flat against the wall instead of protruding into the space. Window treatment doesn’t take up space but still controls light. The dresser-turned-changing-table has a reflective surface so the “chunkiness” is reduced. Lighter colored rug would be better but the pattern still works.
If you have a small space that’s driving you a little nutty, try a few of these ideas and see if your problem is solved. If not, contact me for a consultation.