Girls Rooms

From personal experience, I have always found, that if a child likes their room, they are more likely to enjoy spending time in it and keeping it tidy. These are a few ideas for decorating and giving your daughter a room that they will love.

Involving your child

Involve your child in the revamp of their bedroom, after all, you wouldn't like to have your bedroom decoration chosen for you. Give them a say in the matter and let them make choices. Children should be allowed to bring their own ideas of what they would like and how they want their room to look. As children get older, they will spend more and more time in their room. They need their privacy and space; this is quite normal especially in the tween and teenage years.

Decor

Consider the age of the child when choosing the decor. They may want a theme, in which case you need to consider whether you want to go with wallpaper, or painting the walls and add decals or borders around the room. Ensure that if you are keeping the existing furniture, that it will match the new decor. If the walls are in good condition, it may be better to paint using colors chosen by her. Buy a few test pots of paint and see which colors they like best. My daughter loves pink and blue and we decided to go with broad pink and blue stripes on one wall and pastel pink on the remaining three walls.

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Lighting

Lighting can make all the difference to a child's bedroom. If your child is young, you may want to put in a night light. There are lots of lighting ideas that can be incorporated into the room, again let them choose the type of lighting that they want. Dimmer switches are a good idea for toddlers as they can be dimmed just enough that they are not completely in the dark at bed time. Lava lamps are another option and come in all different funky colors and designs.

Fairy lights add that special magical touch and can be bought in a range of designs, suitable for all ages of girls.

For younger children, a great idea is glow in the dark ceiling decorations. When my children were toddlers, I had stick on stars on the ceiling. These are good if your child is afraid of the dark as they stay luminous until first light.

Storage

Children collect all sorts of things, and organizing them can be a bit of a headache. Bookshelves are great for storing their books and don't take up any floor space, which is vital when making the most of their bedroom. These are some ways to get the clutter organized:

Hat boxes - great for keeping odds and ends in e.g. hair accessories, make up, nail polish.

Underbed storage - Think about storage when buying a bed, and consider whether further storage is necessary. Many beds are manufactured with built in storage, or even beds with space for storage boxes.

Shoe Racks - A shoe rack in the bottom of the wardrobe can add extra space for storing footwear.

Chests/trunks - These can be decorative as well as useful for holding clothes, toys etc.

Storage boxes - These are particularly useful for organizing craft materials, dvd's, toys etc. Items which are categorized are more likely to be put away in the correct place.

Over door hangers - A good way to keep bulky items stored. You can have jackets hung on the hanger which will take us less closet space.


Finishing touches

Finishing touches can make all the difference and help your daughter put their own stamp on a room.

Scatter cushions in bright contrasting colors which match the decor are fantastic for adding extra warmth and color to a room. Buy different sized cushions and scatter them on the bed to give the room a cozy, comfortable feel.

Mirrors - Girls like to look at themselves for all sorts of reasons; when they are dancing, singing, applying make up and checking out their appearance. Full length mirrors are a must - if you don't have space for a free-standing mirror, think about attaching a self adhesive mirror to the wardrobe or closet.

There are lots of ways to glam up a girls room and they will love choosing little extras for their rooms. Some ideas are:

Notice Boards - they can jot down messages, or reminders for school etc.

Ornamental Decorations/trinket boxes

Name plates for the door, or in the case of my daughter, a "Do Not Disturb" sign!

Pictures - a few arranged pictures or posters of their liking will personalize their room.

Bedding - girls love to choose their own bedding, whether they are toddlers, tweens or teens.

Other little things that they may like are photo frames, chair or beanbag, magazine rack, coasters, laptop tray, wall decals and stickers, lampshade, small wicker baskets, artificial flowers in a vase, rugs etc.

Make a date, and take your daughter shopping for those little odds and ends to glam up her room. Decide on a budget and let her pick out some special items that will make her bedroom special.

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ComfortB 4 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

Great tips on decorating daughter's room. My daughter is crazy in love with her room. I think that in part because she was involved in the decor. She's still always adding this and that. It's OK as long as she's happy with it.

Thanks for sharing. Voted Up!


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jacqui2011 4 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom Author

Thanks so much for your comment ComfortB. I think that when they are involved with the decor of the room, they do love their rooms. My daughter sounds like yours; always getting more little bits and pieces to add to her room. Thanks for stopping by.


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SubRon7 4 years ago from eastern North Dakota

Jacqui2011, Sorry, didn't read everything in this hub but the parts I did read were great. I remember my own room (birthdays, tooth fairy visits) that was my early one, later I had a bigger room and I loved it. Now I have a whole house, but I still have favorite rooms, just like favorite places outside. Your hub brought back great memories--thank you! Also, I bought that movie, and while I was at Amazon I bought 3 CDs of the older instrumental movie theme music. Roger Williams, Percy Faith, Ferrante & Teischer.

A long story but one time I thought I had a 6-yr-old girl coming to my residence, along with her mother, so I fixed up a room for her. It was very enjoyable but she ended up not coming. As I said, a long story.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

A great hub for parents thinking about redecorating a girl's room or just updating one. My grandchildren went through this last year as they entered the tweens. You mentioned underbed storage and this was a great idea for them also. Lots of toys, books, etc. that were not so often played with were stored under the bed and this made room for the everyday items. Great hub and voted up!


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jacqui2011 4 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom Author

@ SubRon7 - Hi, great to hear from you. I had to share a room with my brother when I was younger. We never got any sleep, always sneaking up to play and telling ghost stories! We moved house when I was 10 and I finally got my own room, which I loved with all my girlie things. It was pink and white and I practically lived in it.

You will love the movie. I bought your book from Amazon - "Daughters", and I must say I have not read such a gripping book in a long time. I thought that it was fantastic and had it all - suspense, drama, murder. I couldn't put it down once I'd started it, but unfortunately work got in the way! I finished it the other day. You are a very talented author and I am looking forward to reading more of your work. Maybe if you don't mind, I could write a book review here on HP. Best wishes. Jacqui.


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jacqui2011 4 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom Author

@ teaches12345 - Hi, thanks for taking the time to read and comment. Kids love to spend time in a room that they like. The storage boxes are a godsend, especially as my 10 year old is into crafts, so it means all this stuff now has a home. It's amazing to see just how much free space there is when the not so used toys are stored away. When they are happy with the room, they can always add little personal items at any time. I just bought a beanbag last week and she loves to sit in this when she is reading or watching tv. Thank you for the vote up. Best wishes. Jacqui.


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SubRon7 4 years ago from eastern North Dakota

Thank you so much, Jacqui2011, in fact you have written a review right here at Hubpages in your response-comment, but, yes, absolutely, feel free to write another here as a hub...or even at Amazon.

Nothing like your own room. I hope you have a special place now, too, where you can do whatever you want, crafts, puzzles, sewing, your own computer, the list goes on.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Jacqui, my grandaughter has just moved into a bigger room, she was so excited!

Her parents let her help with the choice of decor which she loved!

The notice board is a great idea, Sophie has one and it was the first thing she showed me with great pride!

Thank you for a great hub and voted up.


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jacqui2011 4 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom Author

Thanks MM, Noticeboards are great. Lyndsey (my daughter) writes me little notes on it when she goes to school. Today I had a lovely message on it "Didn't have time to make my bed, and can I have sausages for tea". Very touching, lol. Glad your grandaughter likes her new room, it makes such a difference when they have some input. Thanks for your comments and the vote up too. Best wishes.


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HauteWindowTrends 4 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

Great Hub Jacqui! My kids have reacted well to newly organized and decorated rooms as well. Their grades in school have actually improved with a workspace more conducive to getting stuff done without the clutter.


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jacqui2011 4 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom Author

@ HauteWindowTrends - Hi, thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your comments. It seems to make such a difference when the kids have a room they love. My 10 year old actually does her homework at her new table in her pink room without being asked. It's great and saved me a lot of time nagging at her.


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HauteWindowTrends 4 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

No problem, Jacqui! Will follow for more of your hubs!


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jacqui2011 4 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom Author

Thanks HauteWindowTrends. I will check out some of your hubs too. Best wishes.


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radhikasree 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

Your decorating ideas may not allow the child to leave it's room. They are so wonderful and lovely. I've a son, even he has so many demands in furnishing his room. Great hub. Up and useful.


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jacqui2011 4 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom Author

@ radhikasree - Hi, and thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your comments. Thank you so much for the vote up. I've never had to decorate a room for boys, but I'm sure its just as much hard work getting it right. Best wishes.


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sandrabusby 4 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

What fun! Voted up, awesome, and shared. If you haven't seen my story about "Sophie and Solange," you miight check it out. Sandra Busby


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jacqui2011 4 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom Author

@ sandrabusby - Thanks so much for your comment. I will definitely check out Sophie and Solange now. Best wishes, Jacqui.

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