Cool kids' rooms that get bet­ter with age

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPEC HOMES -

With your kids home for the sum­mer months, try in­clud­ing them in a fun de­sign project that you'll both ben­e­fit from, such as re­dec­o­rat­ing their bed­rooms. Work to­gether to cre­ate a last­ing mem­ory and a room they're proud enough to keep clean and tidy.

Since young chil­dren seem to grow faster than the speed of light, it's im­por­tant to pro­vide a space that is eas­ily adapt­able through the var­i­ous stages of grow­ing up. Sharon Grech, Colour & De­sign Ex­pert at Ben­jamin Moore, of­fers tips on how to achieve this.

In­vest in pieces that last. Re­dec­o­rat­ing can get ex­pen­sive, so con­sider spend­ing more of your bud­get dol­lars on en­dur­ing fur­ni­ture items such as dressers and other stor­age so­lu­tions. Choose neu­tral tones for these pieces that will co­or­di­nate with a va­ri­ety of styles and colours. Con­cen­trate on re­flect­ing your kids' chang­ing per­son­al­i­ties through more cost-ef­fec­tive dé­cor el­e­ments, such as paint, win­dow treat­ments and ac­ces­sories.

Let them have fun with­out over­do­ing it. Your five-year-old has a pas­sion for princesses now but might not ap­pre­ci­ate a glit­tery, pink princess room in a few years. Em­power kids to make de­ci­sions on eas­ily re­place­able and more af­ford­able items, like ad­he­sive de­cals and bed­ding. “At school age, kids start to have an opin­ion on their room and this is a good op­por­tu­nity to let them ex­press them­selves,” rec­om­mends Grech. “Lamps, posters, throw pil­lows and bed­ding are great ways to re­flect their per­son­al­i­ties with­out break­ing your bud­get.”

In­cor­po­rate ver­sions of their favourite colours. “Your kid's favourite colour is likely to change as of­ten as they do, and the big, bright colour they love might com­pletely over­whelm the space,” ex­plains Grech. In­stead, she ad­vises in­cor­po­rat­ing their favourite colour on the walls, but with a neu­tral spin. If your child loves blue, try Early Morn­ing CC-818. For pink, she sug­gests Pink Moire CC-158. For pur­ple, Blue Vi­ola CC-940. Any time you are paint­ing a kid's room or nurs­ery, con­sider us­ing Ben­jamin Moore Natura, which has zero VOCs and is cer­ti­fied as asthma & al­lergy friendly.

Find more in­for­ma­tion at www.ben­jam­in­

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