How to Get Your Kids Involved in Remodeling Their Room

As parents, we sometimes let that creeping desire to make our kids just like us surface. It’s not the end of the world if we’re encouraging to find what they like and have fun while they’re doing it. But when it comes to their room, wouldn’t it be nice if we could give them exactly what they want and getting them involved in the whole process? This would definitely make the room theirs and, if they’re big enough to actually help out, it can be a great activity for the whole family.

 

Often, parents don’t want to let their children be part of the whole redecorating process because they know very well that young ones have the ability to change their minds as fast as we exchange worried looks over their heads. Still, getting them involved not only would it be the nice thing to do, but it could also teach them a bit about the real life. The whole furniture moving and changing, the painting, the decorating, they all take time and don’t happen at the touch of a button. This is how life goes too and it’s a valuable lesson to teach your child, so go out there and start planning!

 

See what they really love

 


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If you’re not telling your boy or girl that you’re planning on changing their room, their reaction might be a teary outburst. They might have a favorite color or piece of furniture that they fantasize about and include in their games. Maybe they like the curtains so much they don’t want to ruin that relationship.

First, introduce them to the idea. Tell them that you’re planning to make their room even better. See how that works. Then, start asking questions. You’ll soon know exactly what they like and what they don’t care about that much. Decide to keep the items that they really love and incorporate them in your new design. 

Color analysis

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Color is a simple concept to grasp even when you’re a kid. All you need to do, if you’re thinking of getting a paint job, is pulling out a palette and asking them what they think. Are they a pink child or a turquoise lover? Do they instantly go for bold shades of orange or are they more attracted to teal?

If you think the color they’re choosing is a bit too much for a room, paint their favorite wall that color and go for a more neutral shade with the rest of the room. Compromise is key. Don’t take something away completely from them, or else they’ll be really upset, but try to make the compromise seem like a good deal and stay positive. 

If you think they’re old enough to handle a brush, encourage them to paint a part of the room themselves. Painting isn’t too hard and it can be a fun activity for him or her. When you’re all painting together, you can direct your child and help him out if he or she is feeling stuck. 

Go easy on the themes

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A room with a theme might sound great right now, but if you’re like us, your kids tend to love Disney princesses this week, pirates the next and ten legged crocodiles after that. So if you’re getting the “I want a Batman room”, try to incorporate some Batman themed elements which are easy to replace — stickers on the walls, printed curtains, a small rug, and keep the rest of the room neutral. 

This way, when the next wind of change hits, you’ll be ready to switch it up in a fast and inexpensive manner. 

Give direction

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You’re probably looking at the room from a practical point of view, while their perspective is more emotional. To mix the two in a successful concoction you need to find ways to give both of you a share of the responsibility. If you’re planning on creating a workspace for your child, with a desk and some storage to keep all his books and toys in the same place, narrow it down to a shortlist of items that fit the purpose and work in the space of the room. Then, ask your child to pick his favorite piece and get it for him. He’ll be happier than ever, because it was his own choice, and you’ll be happier than ever, because it was yours too. 

Decorating your kid’s room is a great time to think back to your own childhood. You probably adored having your own space and wanted to personalize it as much as possible. Odds are, your kid is just the same. Make it fun and make it practical and you won’t be able to wipe the smile off their faces. 

Virginia Cunningham is a guest blogger for The Children's Workshop.  She is a freelance writer in Los Angeles, California. She loves writing about health and volunteer yoga instructs in her free time. She lives with her husband and 3 beautiful children. Click here to visit Virginia's website!