Give your child a bedroom to love

Nov 7, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. ET

When the cold weather arrives and the kids have to spend more time indoors, give them a bedroom in themes and colors they’ll love.

“Kids rooms are becoming much more adapted to align with each child’s unique personality and character," says Kurt Knapstein, owner of Knapstein Design, Allied ASID. "Embroidered and fun furry fabrics are a popular trend right now, and colorful palettes are hot as well, giving a room a sense of cheerfulness.”  

No longer do we have to "think pink" for a girl or blue for a boy. Many are getting tired of the blue and pink kiddie-like themes," says Peter Emmenegger, Studio PLUUNK furniture designers in Ontario. Give your child a room that's age-appropriate but still leaves room to grow.

The new pink

Behr - Shanghai Peach

When choosing a wall color for your little girl’s room, skip the predictable bubble gum pink. The "retro and art deco themed" Sweet Jazz collection from Behr Paints features Shanghai Peach T13-15, a gorgeous shade that coordinates beautifully with pastel jade, silvery finishes and animal prints. It’s the perfect backdrop for both trendy and classical decors. Try a color sample, and you'll never "think pink" again! ($4,

The new blue

 Behr - Timber Town

Forget blue walls for your little boy! Light blue is too young, royal blue too bright and navy blue too dark. Opt instead for that perfect gray. The “cozy, woodsy” Après Ski collection from Behr Paints boasts Timber Town T13-17, a warm, muted neutral that looks great with bold reds, deep greens and other rich hues. Try a color sample and see for yourself! ($4,


Owl Bedding

Owls are all the rage this year, and Target has some of the cutest owls around. The Circo Love n Nature Twin Bedding Set ($60, Target stores) includes a twin comforter, sham and sheet set. Your little girl will adore the colorful round trees, spiky little hedgehogs and friendly, big-eyed owls.

The set is also available in a yellow and blue pattern that is ideal for little boys. And the theme can be continued with lamps, bath accessories, storage containers and much more!

Wall art

Add some pizazz to the walls with custom removable owl wallpaper. Or upload your own image for a truly customized wall! (Starting at $120,

Animal prints

Zebra print bedding

Kids are not immune to the style trends set by celebrities, and everyone from Disney sweethearts to Snooki is sporting cheetah, leopard and zebra prints. A Zebra Kids Twin Comforter Set ($55, brings a splash of celebrity style to any girl’s bedroom. The black-and-white zebra print comforter and sham are complemented by a pink bed skirt and sheet set for a trendy, girly effect.

Girls don’t have dibs on animal prints. The American Denim 3-Piece twin XL Blue Jean Bedding Comforter Set features a fab zebra print with cotton denim that is suitable for boys of all ages. ($135, Sweet Dreams

furry fun

Boys and girls alike will go wild for a very realistic Zebra Stripe wall mural. The furry image is printed on fabric and can be stuck up, removed and reapplied up to 200 times without damaging the wall surface. (Starting at $12,

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