February 04, 2013
When it comes to your kids' rooms, you've got a very limited window of influence. Use it. Before you know it, they'll be preteens and into whatever loud and terrible music they enjoy and those walls will be plastered with posters. Before that stage however, you can put in a little DIY elbow grease and make a few essential choices that are sure to elevate the style and quality of those rooms. Consider these four tips for rejuvenating a kids' room in your home. The first step? Hardwood flooring.
1. Have hardwood flooring installed
Hardwood flooring is a must-have for your kid's room for a reason - durability. Considering the lengthy life and long-lasting good looks of hardwood, what else would you trust your kids with? Paints will be spilled, drinks will slosh and shoes will scuff, but it's nothing that quality boards like those in the Hickory Forge collection won't spring back from. Anderson Floors prides itself on over half a century of premier craftsmanship, and this line of floors is no exception. Hickory Forge planks are engineered, meaning they're compatible with radiant heat, if you're planning on going green in your home sometime in the future.
2. Go shopping
It may not be the most innovative or cost-effective step, but the fact of the matter is that sometimes what a room needs most is retail therapy. The important thing is that you bring in your child on this. Have him or her help pick out the fixtures and furnishings that will populate the room. The advantages here are two-fold - your kid will feel at home in the room and he or she will also develop a sense of ownership for a desk, chair, lamp or whatever else you've invested in. This is an important trait to foster in kids, after all.
3. Get creative with paint
Nothing brings a room to life like a fresh coat of paint, but instead of just layering a new color, why not get a little more creative with your paint? Stripes, stenciled images and other touches are easy enough to do with some tape and the right colors. But if you feel particularly creative or know someone with a talent, why not attempt a mural?
4. Install lots of shelving
Bookshelves, overhead shelving, every kind of shelf! Give your child the opportunity to start his or her own library and encourage plenty of reading.