Give the kids some space
- Don't go too far with theme rooms, because children outgrow them quickly. Instead, use smaller accessories — such as bookends or sheets — which can be easily and inexpensively changed.
- Let children make design choices in small doses. So she adores purple? Steer her toward a subtle shade of that color for the walls, then bring in a brighter hue on a bedspread or pillow.
- Invest in furnishings that will move from childhood into teen years: a twin bed, for example, rather than a child-size version.
- Wool carpeting with pattern and color will hide stains and is highly cleanable.
- Include comfortable adult seating for reading and playtime together.
- Open storage such as cubbyholes or shelving will keep the room tidy and teach kids to stay organized.
- In rooms for smaller children, a ceiling light or sconces are best. Table and floor lamps can be easily knocked around by toddlers.
- If all else fails: You can always close the door.
The Washington Post