10 Great Kids' Rooms
Loft Living Girl's Room
By Yuki Hayashi
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Older kids love privacy, so you may want to consider finishing an attic or basement into a tween or teen suite. This loft-inspired attic from the book, How To Decorate, features a peaked ceiling left drywall-free and painted clean white for an expansive look. Whether you have a high ceiling or not, paint the walls, ceiling and floor the same color to get a similar space-expanding effect. Sand rough attic floorboards before painting them, assessing the effect between each coat of paint since some teens may want even paint coverage, and others may prefer a patchy, rustic look. Set against this white canvas, bright colors would pop nicely, but the other option, as shown here, is to soothe teen spirits with mellow, spa-inspired hues. Paint inexpensive wood furniture (think IKEA’s RAST wooden drawers and bedside table) to match wall accents in aqua, blue, gray and taupe. And note the trio of clocks keeping time in three key time zones for the culturally inclined – a fun detail. An area rug and pile of floor pillows can be brought in if your daughter likes to hang out in the room with her gal pals.
Photo by Homebase, from How To Decorate (2006), courtesy of Hamlyn.