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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.
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.
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.
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 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.