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October 16, 2006 07:00 ET

Crafting Clever Kids' Rooms

Ten Unique Tips to Create Lively and Playful Kids' Bedrooms From Lee Snijders and KILZ® Casual Colors® Paints

ST. LOUIS, MO -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 16, 2006 --

1. Look to an inspiration piece to help determine wall color.

Kids often don't know what they want when it comes time to choose a color. Drawing from a comforter, a piece of artwork created by your child or some other accessory that will end up in the finished room is a smart way to decide. The least dominant shade in the inspiration piece should become the wall color. Avoid plastering a busy pattern on every surface; your child will quickly outgrow it.

2. Complement your child's energy with color.

Bright colors are great for a toddler's room, but if your child is particularly hyper, soothing colors in mid-to-dark tones -- such as blues, grays, greens and purples -- may help keep your child calm and focused. Likewise, if your child has a mellower disposition, vibrant colors may help generate creativity and energy.

3. Use color to create a focal point wall.

A focal point wall is achieved by painting one wall in the room a different color than the others. The technique works well on a wall where a TV, computer or headboard reside. If your child loves color, this concept can be applied to multiple walls by using two different colors on opposing walls, and one color for the remaining wall surfaces.

4. Add dimension and intrigue with wall patterns.

Wall patterns, like stripes or boxes, are a great way to add style and color to a kid's room. Construct the outline of your pattern using painter's tape. For crisper lines, slide a rubber eraser over the tape to push it into the grooves of the wall. Use the tape lines as guides for where to apply color paint. Another option is to use stencils, which you can purchase from a hardware store or design together with your child. Using multiple paint finishes in the pattern can help add dimension.

5. Have fun with lighting and seating.

Visit your local home store or discount store for inexpensive and creative lighting and seating options. Colorful and hanging lamp shades are a good lighting solution. With seating, kids aren't looking for clean lines and sleek design -- they want cool and comfortable, such as bean bags and low, cozy chairs.

6. Make the walls mess-friendly.

A basic "need-to-know" for kids' rooms is to use the right sheen to handle the wear-and-tear a child can bear. The best choices are Eggshell, Satin and Semi-Gloss sheens from KILZ® Casual Colors® because they're highly durable and scrubbable. That means that little mishaps at the hand of your aspiring 10-year-old artist aren't permanent. If your child is destined to muddle up their walls, consider covering a wall with chalkboard paint to create a space that welcomes messiness and imagination.

7. Use your child's interests to create a themed room.

Apply your child's love for sports, music, outer-space or the outdoors to the design concept of their room. You can find pillows, wall stickers, lamps or a scene-rug that contribute to the overall theme at your local home store. To create custom pieces, such as planets or trees that adhere to walls or a bed frame, use masonite hardwood or foam core. These materials are easy to cut and dress up using KILZ® Casual Colors® Spray Paint, and will give your child a completely unique space.

8. Get creative with storage.

A dresser isn't necessarily the best storage option when it comes to kids. There are plenty of non-traditional items out there, such as flat rolling bins that fit snuggly under the bed, vibrant stackable blocks ideal for toy or video game storage, or locker-style cabinets that are a kid-friendly alternative to a bedside table. Simple and cool storage options encourage kids to pick up after themselves.

9. Spice up that ceiling fan.

Kids' rooms frequently have ceiling fans, which can be a terrific canvas. Using a screwdriver, loosen and remove the blades from the fan, and prime each blade using KILZ® primer to improve paint retention. Once the primer is dry, have fun creating a distinctive look by drawing on colors from your child's room. KILZ® Casual Colors® Spray Paints offer vast color options and a comfort spray nozzle to make updating ceiling fan blades simple and fun. Using multiple colors for the blades creates a kid-pleasing spectacle when the fan is turned on.

10. Learn to share!

Creating a comfortable space for kids who share a room is a tall order, especially if they have widely varying interests or personalities. However, while it's important to incorporate the likes of each child, merging multiple themes, patterns or too many colors will result in an overly busy and chaotic atmosphere. Instead, let each kid identify one color they'd like to incorporate, and develop a complementary color palette from that. If space allows, it's a good idea to create an individual work/play area for each child, such as with individual desks, bulletin boards or sitting areas.

Kids that are proud of their rooms are more likely to take good care of them, and designing and creating that space together is a great opportunity for quality family time. A unique, kid-friendly space not only helps inspire the imagination, but can help inspire a tidy room.

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