Nine-year-olds shift easily between magical thinking and maturity. At 9, a bedroom is for designing space stations, practicing pirouettes and snuggling into bed with a few stuffed animals and a favourite book. Any redecorating you do with your 9-year-old should allow for the growth of a little kid who will soon enough be a full-fledged teen.
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Pop Art Option
Lava lamps, Pop Art and cartoon wall posters, dashes of hot pink, electric blue or lime green, a favourite photograph blown up into a wall mural---all of these delight a preteen and translate well to an eventual teen room. Pop Art is irreverent and fun, bright and bold, occasionally opinionated and full of energy---just like a 9-year-old. Frame a Roy Lichtenstein poster in bright lacquered wood. Or hunt for a piece of cartoon art printed on fabric and hang it on a frameless stretcher. Use the art to colour the room. Dress the bed in solid, bright sheets and cover pillows in contrasting colours. A duvet gets a facelift with a double-sided cotton or washable satin cover. The duvet takes the place of a top sheet and is pulled up to make the bed. A shag area rug adds texture to the floor and a resin bedside lamp resembling a clump of crystals reflects light all over the room when a large mirror hangs behind it.
A Little Bit of This and That
Scour the attic; raid the garage; gather cool stuff from all over the house to recycle; and get out the glue gun and paint. One grape-purple wall provides a dramatic backdrop to a room with "junk shop chic." Stick ceramic flowers and ribbons all around an oval floor mirror. A daybed gets a pumpkin velvet mattress cover and big tie-dyed velvet throw pillows that double as floor seating. Paint an old étagère pumpkin or lime and place beloved bibelots, framed photographs, school trophies and great books on the shelves. Hang a tulle ballet costume on the back of the door and a chandelier with coloured dangles over the bed. One window gets a solid-colour Roman shade, another a patterned balloon shade. In between them, hang clear plastic photo sleeves that reach to the floor for pictures of friends and family. Over the desk, an old picture frame painted in stripes and filled with cork tiles becomes a notice board with ladybug and butterfly push pins.
Rock Around the Clock
Some guys like a little grunge and a lot of heavy metal. Paint the walls and ceiling of a boy's room a light sueded grey. Use wall paper or faux paint to create a brick wall behind the bed---unless you are lucky enough to have brick walls. Toss a few beanbag chairs on a bare polished wood floor and hang electric guitars on the walls. Carefully paint some flame art on the wall so it "frames" the instrument when it is hanging in place. Hunt for vintage rock 'n roll posters online and frame one or two for the walls. Use music bedding---if you find themed sheets, sew two together for a duvet cover. Turn old concert T-shirts into pillow covers. Add a metal-framed notice board for ticket stubs and a drum set for jamming with friends---and then move out until your son goes to college.
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