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Tips for Choosing the Perfect Theme for Your Nursery or Kid’s Room

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When it comes to decorating for kids, few things light up the imagination like a truly great theme. But the thought of basing your entire design concept on one idea can be intimidating - especially if you haven’t thought of it yet.

Not sure where to start? Get your imagination rolling with these helpful tips.

Go With What You Know

If you’re looking for a safe place to begin, why not try a paper and pencil? Jot down any theme ideas you may have. If nothing immediately comes to mind, try making notes about other design elements and see where they take you. Your favorite color or decorating style can play a key role in helping you choose the perfect theme. For instance, if you love the color blue, you might consider a nautical theme. Can’t get enough of that rustic charm? Try a cowboy motif. If you start with things you know you like, you’re likely to love the result.

Team Up

If you’re child is old enough, why not invite them to share their own ideas? Incorporating your little one’s favorite colors, activities and interests will ensure a design they’ll love, and a team brainstorming session can be a fun activity for both of you. That being said, you’ll want to steer your little one away from overly trendy and easily outgrown themes, such as popular cartoon characters, and toward themes with more staying power. For example, nature themes work well for both boys and girls and are very versatile, allowing you to cater to your child’s ever-changing needs without redoing the entire room.

Get Inspired

Delve through magazines and catalogs, flushing out your favorite concepts and perhaps inventing entirely new ones. Design websites, like Houzz, are also an excellent source of inspiration, allowing you to search for images by theme, style or even color. When you find an idea you love, you can simply file it away into an "idea book" to be used as a reference for your own design.

Flickr, Pintrest and Google Images can also yield some fantastic results, including photos of creative DIY projects and theme-enhancing accessories. Don't forget to pay attention to these kinds of details. Something as simple as a poster or table lamp could become the starting point for an entire design.

Go Shopping

Once you have one or two well-developed ideas to work with, it’s time to settle on a theme. If you’re having trouble narrowing down your ideas, just start shopping. Look for main elements, such as bedding, and see what’s available. Remember, you can’t work with what you don’t have. If you can’t find what you need to make one theme work, cross the idea of your list and move on. Spoiled for choice? You’ll find it far easier to compare actual products than weigh the pros and cons of abstract ideas, and knowing you can actually get your hands on the things you need to make your design work will give you the confidence you need to make your choice.

Get Started

Decided on the perfect theme? Great! Time to bring it to life! Lean how to put your ideas to good use with these tips for decorating with a theme.

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