Things to Make an 8-Year-Old's Room Look Cool

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As your children grow older, you may find that decorating their bedrooms becomes more and more of a challenge. They start to develop very particular tastes and strong opinions about what they like, so it becomes more difficult to please them. If you are on the hunt for items to spruce up your child's room and give it an undeniable cool factor, there are several options that may do the trick. Let your child's personality and some creative thinking inspire ideas that will impress even the most discerning second grader.

Wall Mural

  • One of the most dramatic ways to add personality is with a wall mural. It is a particularly ideal option for a themed bedroom because it can tie all of the room's other elements together. However, if the bedroom does not have a decorating theme, you can use a mural to express your child's interests. For a basic mural design, go with the logo of your child's favorite sports team or an image of their favorite cartoon character.

    You can go more elaborate and create a beach, mountain or city scene for her wall as well. Painting a mural by hand can be fun and fairly easy if you create a transparency of your chosen image and use an overhead projector to place it on the wall for easy tracing. You can also purchase a pre-made mural to hang like wallpaper, or wall stickers that you can use together, to create a mural-like wall covering.

Loft Bed

  • You may like the idea of a loft bed for your child's room because it maximizes space but your son or daughter will enjoy it because it offers all the fun of bunk beds without having to fight with a sibling for the top bunk. A loft bed design features a raised bed frame with a ladder or some type of mini-staircase to access the mattress.

    Because the bed is raised off the floor, you can place your child's desk beneath it to create a cozy area for doing homework or a dresser or other storage units to serve as a mini closet. However, your children may appreciate adding a couple of bean bag chairs to create a private, den-like area where he can read or chat with friends.

Aquarium

  • If your child has been asking for a pet but you are not quite ready to add a four-legged friend to your household, consider adding an aquarium to her bedroom. Not only will your child learn about the responsibility of caring for pets, the fish tank will add a cool decorating element to the bedroom as well. Aquariums come in a variety of sizes and styles but it is probably best to start with a smaller, rectangular model. Visit your local pet shop with your child to pick out a brightly colored tropical fish, plants and pebbles for the tank. With an added light, the aquarium can serve as a nightlight for kids who are still nervous about the dark.

Novelty Lights

  • For an inexpensive way to spice up your child's room, consider novelty string lights. Holiday-style lights in a multicolor pattern are an entertaining option and you can string string them around the windows, bed posts and headboard or across the wall for a colorful, whimsical look.

    However, if the room has a theme, look for string lights in novelty shapes such as stars, fish, seashells, animals or flowers. They add personality and visual interest to the room that your kid will enjoy.

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