Creating A Dream Room for Your Child
By Pamela Cole Harris
Purple and green striped walls? A ceiling painted with daisies
or purple dinosaurs (can they actually SLEEP with purple dinosaurs on the
ceiling?) Whatever the motif, every child needs a special place of their own -
some place that reflects their personality and their creativity. You and your
child can create that space with a few dollars and a lot of imagination.
* While expensive wallpaper may look great in your child's room,
chances are your child's taste will change in a few years. Painting the room
will make it easier to change and will be more durable than wallpaper. You and
your child can create patterns such as stripes or geometric shapes. An easy way
to create a custom look is to take simple patterns from coloring books or comic
books to create stencils in bright colors.
* Buy good used wood furniture at yard sales or thrift stores
and paint it to match the new patterns on the bedroom walls. Or paint the
furniture to resemble buildings, trees or characters. You can even paint the
furniture to remind your child of special times in his/her life.
* Instead of wallpaper or wainscoting, try nailing fencing to
the wall. You can paint the background with outdoor scenes (clouds, trees,
rolling hills, etc.) Or paint the fencing to resemble an Old West fort for your
* To make quick and easy patterns on the walls, cut an
inexpensive sponge into shapes. You can make diamonds, stars, hearts, moons,
squiggles, and flowers. Just dip in paint and press the pattern on the wall.
* A great way to inspire a budding artist is to paint the lower
portions of the walls with chalkboard paint. Your child can then draw on the
walls to his/her heart's content! The paint is available at most home
Whichever theme your child would like: train, race cars,
princess, construction, beach, spaceship, forest, garden or a favorite cartoon,
use your imagination and perhaps more important, your CHILD's imagination to
create a room that reflects your child's personality. You will be rewarded by a
happier and more secure child. And take heart - the purple dinosaurs stage will