10 Great Kids' Rooms
French Country Girl's Room
By Yuki Hayashi
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Rather than trying to camouflage extreme angles and a slanted ceiling, consider using vibrantly colored wallpaper to create an exuberant cocoon, as in this bedroom from the book, Great Kids Rooms Collection. The green-and-pink toile hits just the right notes for preschoolers to preteens (check companies like Waverly, Farrow & Ball and Graham & Brown or your local decorating centre for similar “statement” wallpapers). To ensure the room looks classy, not clashing, pick a palette and stay within it. This room’s dominant combo of preppy green and pink is carried from the walls to the bedding and broadloom. The red and white accents keep the room from looking monochromatic, without contrasting too much. Leave the highest portion of the ceiling un-wallpapered. Because the walls are so eye-catching, clutter needs to be kept to a minimum. Put a ruffle under the bed so storage baskets can be stashed out of sight, and add closed storage like a nightstand with drawers, a trunk (make sure it has safety hinges) and fabric-covered boxes (Target and IKEA have a mother lode of inexpensive and stylish covered boxes). Give new life to old faves: a rocking horse your child used to love can become a design element and magazine rack with just a coat of paint and some stencils.
Photo excerpted from Great Kids’ Rooms Collection, Copyright 2006 by Meredith Corporation. Published by Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.