Suggestions for girl's room
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Suggestions for girl's room
I want to redo my 11mo's bedroom. My question is, for those that have daughters, what themes do they have in their rooms? I was thinking about Strawberry Shortcake, has anyone done that? Can you recommend a theme or color scheme, or even a website with great ideas? TIA!
I wish I had a girl, there are so many things that I would do.
I was watching Martha Stewart yesterday and she made flowers and huge pom poms out of tissue paper and hung them from the ceiling. They were done in pinks, yellows and greens. There are instructions in the current Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine or you can go to her website. I loved the pompoms they were so girlie.
You could also do the obvious themes of butterflies and ladies bugs. I love wall murals and they are fairly simple to paint. I think Donna Dewberry has some wonderful bedroom ideas for girls.
Have fun and post some photos when you are done.
I would shy away from something like Strawberry Shortcake since kids tend to get over those "obsessions" so quickly. I've seen some great ideas for girly rooms at Walmart in the craft section, like geometrics in girly colors, or butterflies and other feminine things.
My kids still share a room (by choice, we have another bedroom, but they've never slept apart) so I did a primary color ABC/numbers theme for them. Here are some pics, I made everything myself, and it was pretty easy and inexpensive. You could easily do something similar in whatever theme you choose, if you are crafty.
We've done the butterflies and flowers theme for our oldest and I thought that gave us the most flexibility while still being little girl and fun. A princess theme is also fun, if it suits you and your dd's style. Better Homes and Gardens has a children's rooms issue that comes out either twice or four times a year that is full of ideas. I think their spring issue should be coming out soon. I checked my last issue and they don't have a specific website but bhg.com is listed and you could search there for ideas. I also like to look at the PBKids catalog for ideas.
Just be warned...what is cool at 11 won't be in just a very short period of time. Unless you want to redecorate her room every 2 years, choose something with some staying power. I've gone through this with both of my daughters, and we just don't have the time/money to redecorate very often (in fact, we've only done the girls' rooms one time each since they were toddlers). My 16 yr old HATES her flowered wallpaper, blue curtains and matching cream-colored dresser and hutch... she loved them to death at 12. My 11 yr old HATES her pink room with hearts...she loved it at 8. I would stay away from obvious themes like S.Shortcake and trends, and try to go with something that could easily be updated in a couple of years.
Ditto Tink on Butterflies and Flowers. We're still in the middle of doing it. I hope to be finished by June.
I did a beach theme with LOTS of Pink in my eight year old daughters room. Pottery barn has tons of ideas right now if you pick up their catalog. Also, there is a magazine called kids rooms that has some great stuff!
Did i read right, 11 month old?
The cutest rooms I have seen are little gardens. The bottom is painted grassy, the top blue with all sorts of birds, butterflies etc.
If it was me what I would do is pick a great wall color. Then accent with posters and wall hanging and curtains that can change easily. You could also stamp a border of butterflies ( i would do chair rail height).
You can do a princess theme with a border, or sparkly rug. You can get princess or barbie linnens to tie it all up. I'm sure they sell more princess things too!
Oh, for Pete's sake! I thought we were talking about an 11 YEAR old! LOL Never mind... You decorate that room with all kinds of fun stuff!
When my DD was that age ,we did everything in bright primary colours.I had the alphabet letters scattered everywhere.Everytime she got up from her crib we would spell out her name.She knew her alphabet at 18mths and knew the sounds of the letters at 3 and was reading when she went into J.K. When she got older 5 we did her room all pinks and purples and mixed with princess/barbie so we can just add or remove as she got older.
My DD is 21 motnths old and here are some pictures of her room it's pretty much been this way since day 1. (except she had a crib until a few months ago. ):
Can you tell from the color what room is Taylor's and what room is Dylan's? LOL
This is where she likes to sit and read books. We arls read her bedtime story here every night then she uses the chair to climb into her bed.
Taylor's name and her hand prints:
Miss. Taylor's bed:
Getting a kiss from her pal Blue:
Her chalk board and her beautiful art work:
Rayanne's DD has a really cute room too - maybe she can post some pics.
I agree...Rayann's daughter has a very cute room!!!
I am so excited and I hope to get started this weekend! I love butterflies and I would like to do something with butterflies, but I also love all the other suggestions. PBKids did give me a lot of ideas and I looked around WalMart yesterday for suggestions. One good thing I have discovered is those decorative wall-clinging decorations. You could literally change a theme in a room anytime you wanted with those things. But anyway, I hope I can make up my mind soon, at least before this weekend. You ladies are the greatest, thank you all for your suggestions and pictures