Nicole Sassaman's 10 Tips for Designing Children's Rooms

Nicole Sassaman's 10 Tips for Designing Children's Rooms

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Marcia Prentice
Jul 7, 2010

As a child I insisted my room decor change with my evolving interests. I kept my father up late many nights changing over my room to my latest design style. Even though designing children's rooms is very rewarding, it can become quite costly and time consuming. One of my favorite interior designers, Nicole Sassaman, shared with me her tips for designing children's rooms.

  • Think Ahead: Design a room that your child can grow into.
  • Decorating with a Theme: If you decide to go with a theme for your child's room, do it with decorative items that are easy to change out. Pillows, throw rugs, stuffed animals, and art are perfect examples of decor items that you can change out easily and revamp your child's room with little time or money. If you decide to paint a theme on the wall, the design becomes more expensive and time consuming to change down the road.
  • Skip the Toddler Bed: Instead of investing in a toddler bed, purchase a twin bed with a mattress that can fit under the bed and be pulled out at night. Another alternative to a toddler bed is a trundle bed. Kids tend to use toddler beds for only a few months, so it's a perfect step and expense to skip.
  • Incorporating a Fish Tank: A small fish tank with a filter system helps to soothe your child to sleep, gives them a great night light, and teaches them how to take care of animals. My daughter loves to feed her fish and take care of the tank. She also loves that they watch over her at night and the sound of the running water is very calming as well.
  • Creative Storage Solutions: Get creative with your storage. My daughter has a Pottery Barn pink play kitchen and refrigerator in her bedroom. She and all of her friends love to come over and play with it, but I also use the refrigerator for my diaper cabinet.
  • New Ways To Use Furniture: In trying to save time, money, and even the planet, I am always trying to think one step ahead of myself. Instead of purchasing a changing table, I put two night stands with drawers together. The drawers are a perfect place to store my diapers, etc. and it prevented me from having to store or give away a changing table. They have also turned into nightstands for her now that she is in a big girl bed.
  • Shopping at West Elm: My daughter's whole room is furnished with West Elm. It didn't break the bank, it is super stylish, and it has created a fabulous room that she can have through high school if she wants to!
  • Paint Colors: Choose soothing colors. People often paint a little girl's walls hot pink or bright yellow. Don't forget that colors have a definite affect on one's mood. Go for softer shades for softer moods.
  • Modular Carpet Tiles: Flor modular carpet tiles are such a great solution for carpet in kids' rooms. If your child destroys an area on the carpet that you just can't get clean, you can replace a square or two of Flor's carpet tiles rather than having to buy a new rug or carpet.
  • Wallpaper Artwork: An easy solution for interchangeable artwork in your child's room is to frame fun wrapping paper. One day you can have pink polka dots and another day you can feature blue and green stripes. It's very fun, easy on the wallet, and it is a fabulous look.

(Images: Nicole Sassaman)

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