Redecorating Your Child’s Room? Use Art!

09/20/2010 at 10:00 AM ET
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We’ve been talking a lot about redecorating children’s rooms lately, but we haven’t yet touched on one majorly easy fix: art.

“Wall art is one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to change a room,” Art.com director of marketing Linda Crisolo tells PEOPLE Moms & Babies. “And it’s a ‘safe’ way to let kids express themselves.”

Ready to get started? Here are Crisolo’s guidelines for picking the perfect art for your kids’ bedrooms:

Don’t get too specific. “Think about your child’s current interests, but keep the design themes general,” Crisolo says. “That way, they’re applicable to a large age range.” She suggests wall decals, wood or tin signs, small framed sets of images or multiple posters, “layered” on the wall.

Let your kids do the picking. “Enable them to participate in the selection process by narrowing down the group of pieces based on style and price point,” Crisolo offers. “This will help them not feel overwhelmed.”

Think about themes. If you’re planning to put more than one work up on the wall, consider finding a way to tie them all together — perhaps a sports, dance, music or even motivational theme.

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Consider the next few years. “When decorating for your child, think about the types of activities he or she enjoys, and lessons that will be covered in school during the ‘tween years,” Crisolo says. “While you can’t determine the exact future interests of your child, you can use his or her current choices as a guide.”

Crisolo suggests a pretty print of an underwater scene for a child who likes the ocean or the beach, or a “grown up” version of a childhood favorite, like an Andy Warhol Superman print for a kid who loves comic books.

Frame it! “Framing can dramatically change the look of a piece,” Crisolo shares. “Choosing lighter finishes for frames provides a more light-hearted feel to the artwork and can instantly brighten a room.” She recommends using plexiglass (instead of real glass) when framing to keep your child’s space safe.

Want to try some new works in your child’s room? Through Oct. 4, shop AllPosters.com and use code PMB2010 at checkout for 15% off your total purchase. Just remember to stick to our rules!

Kate Hogan

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TC on

Decorating your child’s room is wonderful but I would caution anyone from using art.com to get your pictures from.

I’ve used them 5 times, the first 4 were wonderful. My items were shipped quickly and I received them fairly quickly as well.

The 5th and last time I used them it was a nightmare. I ordered two prints and after 2 weeks they still hadn’t shipped. I called and was told the items were back ordered. I asked why I wasn’t told that either up front before I ordered them or soon after I ordered them and I was told they didn’t know why but I shouldn’t complain because I got the free shipping. 2 weeks later I called back and was told the items were still back ordered but because of my troubles they would ship it via ups and again I shouldn’t complain because I got free shipping. 2 weeks later I called yet again because the items did finally ship but I still hadn’t received them and I was told they shipped it standard instead of through UPS like I was told they would. I finally had enough and had them cancel the entire order, and had to deal with a very rude person on the phone. I wrote an email expressing my dissatisfaction and never received a response, again if things go right this is a good company but if things go wrong you’re just out of luck.

Doug Stinson on

TC, I am very sorry to hear that you had such a disappointing experience. We are serious about customer satisfaction at Allposters.com and Art.com, if you see this please contact dstinson@art.com. I would love the opportunity to make this up to you. Doug

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