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Originally published August 23, 2013 at 8:05 PM | Page modified September 1, 2013 at 10:58 AM

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Update kids’ bedrooms as they head back to school

Paint is always an easy way to freshen up and redecorate.

Scripps Howard News Service

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Back-to-school time already? Where does the time go? Parents and their kids could use the occasion to have a little fun redecorating their rooms.

Paint is always an easy way to freshen up and redecorate. For a girl’s room, a soft lavender offers a sense of princess. Combine that with soft blues and pinks or yellows for a nice, comfortable young-girl look that’s easy to sleep in.

For a boy’s room, consider a striking combo of navy and white. Red could be used, too, but not too much because the red might not be easy to sleep in or it could be distracting when he’s trying to do homework. Chalkboard paint is great. You can paint one wall or part of a wall with chalkboard paint, and it can be used to draw on or make notes on.

For a special piece of art, you could find a favorite picture and have it enlarged and framed. Or you could make it into a triptych by cutting it into three parts and framing each piece. A favorite picture could be one of the child, a family picture or something the child has drawn and is worthy of enlarging and framing.

If your child has created his or her own interesting art, it can be hung on the wall also. Placing the artwork in clear acrylic frames is one way to do this; the art is displayed without any interference of other colors or frame parts.

A little office space should be created in the bedroom, if possible, for doing homework. If a full desk isn’t possible, a narrow shelf attached to the wall with a chair tucked under it will do the trick.

Promote a comfy reading environment by adding cuddly seats, such as old-fashioned beanbags or extra-extra-large pillows that kids can plop on. Be sure the lighting is ample in that reading area.

School can be fun, but it also involves a lot of work. When your child comes home from a busy day at school, it’s good if he or she has a fun retreat that’s also conducive to doing homework.

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