Good Question: Making it Cheerful

Good Question: Making it Cheerful

Alejandra Valera
Oct 28, 2008

Readers Sarah and Alex sent us an e-mail: "Hi Ohdeedoh! I hope you and your readers can help us out. We are getting licensed for foster care soon, and are putting together a shared kid's bedroom. We don't know exactly what age (8 and younger) or what gender the children will be, so we need the room to be as flexible as possible...

Right now, the walls are a warm gray, the same color as our room, and we found bunk beds on Craigslist that can also be two twin beds. I'm sewing curtains out of Alexander Henry's 'Aviary' in white.

We want this room to be welcoming and cheerful, and right now it's just not. We need advice! Do we keep these beds, or are they just too bulky? Should we re-paint? What bed linens would be best? We're playing around with different arrangements, and any advice would be greatly appreciated!"

Good question, Sarah and Alex! We're positive our readers will have a ton of great ideas.

Right off the bat, we love the green in the Aviary fabric and think that might be a good starting point for you. It's both gender neutral and a very happy shade. Accents such as pillows, artwork, even sheets in that color might work. And we instantly thought of the Mammut line from Ikea. Unfortunately, the green table is no longer available (although we imagine it can be found regularly on Craigslist), the chairs and stools are.

Well readers, those are our two cents. What other ideas do you have for Sarah and Alex?

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