desk in girl's room with a carrot leg
Courtesy of Southern Living

Savvy Tips

Designer Janie Molster shares her tips for decorating kids' rooms.

• Don't put too much emphasis on a theme, especially if it's very childish.

• You don't need to buy a matching suite of furniture. A mix of pieces makes for a more interesting room.

• You want the room to be good-looking but also practical. Use a low-loop pile carpet so that children can set up their games. Choose bedding and accessory fabrics such as chenille or denim that wear well.

• Kids' rooms are great places to use color. Go a little over the top, especially if the rooms are separated from the main living areas.

-- From Southern Living Easy Home Decorating

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