boy's bedroom with red gingham bedspread
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Stimulating Color

You can't miss when you put primary colors into play. These hues have staying power, and accessories can be updated as your child gets older. Use white accents to keep the room from looking too busy.

Here bright yellow walls wrap the room in sunshine, and bold red-and-white buffalo check comforters are paired with softer chambray bed skirts and pillow shams. Simple panels in a white-based windowpane check add pattern but not more color.

Decorative accents don't need to be pricey. Inexpensive bold prints in ready-made frames make quite a statement when grouped together. The frames vary in color, but all the mats are a bright yellow to give them a unified look.

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