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by Kate Smith

A childhood love of color turned into a college-age fascination with the interaction of colors, then into a career of color trend forecasting and product development. Today, Kate Smith, CMG, CfYH, is president and chief color maven at Sensational Color, a company that provides color knowledge and know-how to corporations primarily in the home industry. Kate is an inspirational keynote speaker and seminar leader, blending color theory and psychology into entertaining and informative talks that bring color to life.

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  • Your daughter has declared her bedroom too childish for her. Your son refuses to go one more night in his "baby yellow" space now that he's 10. So you're looking to infuse a more grown-up kid feeling into these spaces, and what better time than right before a brand new school year? Don't worry, I have some quick fixes to create a space growing children can live in for many years to come.

    Step 1: Color

    As always, I believe there is nothing a new can of paint can't fix. Time to say bye-bye to pale pastels or gender-based hues. Growing kids need a room color with staying power. Think sophisticated grays, taupes, or creams, which allow funirshings and accessories to grab attention. On the flip side, have fun with paint and go bright with teals, hot pink, or even greens. Let them select the color family and you can help them hone in on an exact hue that will last. Any of these colors will become great backdrops for our next step—bedding.

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  • Step 2: Bedding

    As you wish your 12 year old "sweet dreams" you notice his Buzz Lightyear bedding needs updating, too. Pack up the character-emblazoned bedding and put on a brand new comforter or duvet that speaks to both you and your child. Bold stripes, a fantastic coordinating solid, or even his favorite team's colors seem more mature.
    Girls' spaces could brighten up with bold color choices, as well. Chevron, border stripe, flowers, or even tie-dyed bedding keeps her space fun yet, still sophisticated. 
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  • There are plenty of fantastic bedding options at a very reasonable cost. If a full set is out of the question, even switching out the character sheets or comforter can be a good start.
  • Step 3: Grown-Up Themes 

    Some girls or boys will prefer to up the ante in their growing spaces with a 'theme'. Scour online or teen magazines and you will likely find a Hollywood look, a surf-scene, or even a rocker space. These are easily accomplished with a few accessories hung on the wall. Shop your local thrift or resale shops for unique items to add to your child's space to help them create their theme. There may even stick-on applications that work in with their theme that can be removed easily when they outgrow it.
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    Step 4: Study Spaces and Furniture

    Growing kids need study spots that are quiet and conducive to getting work done. This will encourage both responsibility and teach them organizational skills. 

    Select a desk that fits the space but also offers storage and a clean surface. Skip out on a larger scale office-sized desk as those can be cumbersome in a child's room and become a dumping zone for everything. Desks with a hutch or drawers will be pieces that last far beyond the kid years. 

    ​Expressing personality for your growing child in his or her bedroom is what it's all about. Allow them to join in the process of creating a colorful and inspiring space they'll be proud to live in!

    Study Spaces & Furniture

    Growing kids need study spots that are quiet and conducive to getting work done. This will encourage both responsibility and teach them organizational skills. 

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