Calm, colorful, clean kids’ room

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In many households, no room is a bigger magnet for clutter than a child’s bedroom. Designers say parents are increasingly interested in managing that clutter effectively — and attractively.

“Everybody wants their house to look like a magazine, and that includes the kids’ rooms,” Los Angeles designer Betsy Burnham says.

But her advice to parents: Be realistic about how you and your kids actually live. Be honest and really ask, “‘Are we a tidy family? Are we too busy? Do we have too much stuff?’ It’s OK if you’re not a tidy household.

Choose a neutral color palette for the major design elements in the room, like furniture and wall color, she says.

Then you can add pops of color through rugs, bedding and pillows.

Burnham also likes the neutral palette for kids’ rooms, where, she says, it’s easy “to overdo it, and think that just because they’re kids they get a brighter palette.”

Another way to create a relaxing feel for kids: Leave open play space — “to maximize their creativity and their imaginative play,” Martin says.

“It’s important to have an area where they can actually play in the center of the room,” she adds.

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