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Decorating Your Little Girl’s Room
28 August 2010,
Your design of your daughter’s room should reflect the individual personality of your girl. Decorating a bedroom for a little girl is a real pleasure for the decorator. The joy you’ll get from the sparkle of delight in her eyes is worth all the effort. But before you become giddy, consider some of the practical aspects of designing a girl’s room.
Consider the needs of a little girl years from now. As an active teenager, her room will be her sanctuary. Provide her with some of the conveniences she might need for health and beauty or to entertain friends. Use a tape measure to determine and record the exact square footage of the room.
Evaluate the window situation in the space. Is the natural light adequate? Check the windows to determine the type and condition of the window frames. Are they energy efficient? Does one window have a better view than another? The type and size of the windows will determine your decorating options for the windows.
Consider adding a bathroom in a girl’s room if space allows. This is a wonderful convenience for a young woman who desires privacy. If the thought of double-locked doors makes you pause, then use swinging café doors to separate the bathroom from the bedroom.
Plan for as much closet space and storage space as possible when designing a girl’s room. A girl’s need for closet space and additional storage seems never ending. Built-in shelves and cubbies in the girl’s closet can be used for doll and toy storage while she is young and can be used well into the future as storage for her many pairs of shoes and accessories. Consider buying a platform bed with drawer space for storage.
Envision the room’s need for electrical outlets for the many high tech devices that may someday be used in a girl’s room. A multiple outlet socket near a desk for studying will be a welcome addition during the years of schooling. A comfortable space for reading, such as a window seat with shelves for books would also be very convenient in a girl’s space. Rely on classic design elements that can stand the test of time. When selecting paint color or wallpaper, use a critical design eye to imagine how that paper or color will work in five years when the girl’s tastes will no doubt have changed and matured.
Once the initial planning of your daughter’s room layout has been considered, now comes the task of sitting her down to discuss the sort of look your young princess would like to live in for the next few years. Being well aware of how fast she will grow up and out of her current favorites, that shouldn’t be a reason to deny your child of a dream room come true. We all are after all, young only once in our lives.
Sugar and Spice Every little girl I know loves pretty colors! For a room she’ll cherish, select fabrics with flowers, trellises, cute animals, or butterflies. You might stencil flowers, vines, and butterflies on walls as a colorful accent, using paint colors matched to your fabric or wallpaper choices. Don’t forget soft, airy curtains for the windows.
Angels, Fairies, and Elves This universal theme will be adored by girls of any age. Angel themes could use faux painted skies and clouds, fluffy canopy beds, and soft icy pinks, blues, and lavenders. Fairy shapes are appealing with transparent wings, sparkling wands, and silvery magic dust. Try to incorporate some sparkles with glittering accents, silver paint, and magical designs.
Butterflies, Bees, and Dragonflies Anyone who has purchased gifts for girls in the last few years knows that butterflies are big! If your little one loves this look, there are many ways to incorporate it into a room. A mural of garden and butterflies is a natural, or go with a butterfly fabric for the comforter. Small painted designs can be added to chair backs, picture frames, headboards, and flit around a colorful chest of drawers as well. Use butterfly hair clips to perch on a lampshade, bulletin board, or along one edge of a curtain.
Princesses and Castles Your Princess can have a room befitting her high status if you use sheer fabrics and fanciful details. Embellish the walls with faux painted castle walls, murals, and blue skies for a truly memorable girl’s room. Contrast the weighty look of faux stone walls with trails of stenciled ivy or flowers and swaths of pretty netting used as a bed canopy.
Storybook Characters Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit, the Little Mermaid, or Barbie might be the starting point for a wonderful theme room. Search the net for specialty character sheets and bedding, and then take your color cues from there. Frame book illustrations as wall art or use cutouts of book pages for decoupage on furniture.