By Charles Hopkins Published 05/7/2006 | Home Improvement

Decorating any part of the house can be loads of fun, but when it comes to your kids room, theres a certain freedom to experiment with colors and patterns that you perhaps dont have with other parts of the house. So you can have even more fun, but before you start, here are our tips on how to decorate your kids room.

Before you do anything else, make up your mind that your kids room will have lots of bright colors. Since walls are the best areas in which to display these colors, choose paints that are bold and rich but not gaudy. Basically, you can treat the walls like a huge canvas on which to create your paintings! Youd be amazed at how a series of stripes here and a new border there can change the look of your kids room. And for the more than ordinarily talented, why not convert one wall into a mural of sunny colors and interesting shapes depending on the age of your child? 

Another area with huge decorating potential is the ceiling, which can be straight out of Hogwarts, Harry Potters magic school. Remember, the ceiling there reflects the sky outside. While your abilities will obviously not stretch that far, you can always make the ceiling up so that it resembles the star-spangled night sky, with a cheery yellow moon thrown in for special effect!

Now we come to the furniture. Of course, comfort ought to be the top priority here, but the scope for experimenting with colors still exists. If your child is still at the dolls houses and play areas stage, you can create these components from older pieces of furniture that are serving no useful purpose elsewhere in the house. With teenage children, you can simply reinvent a staid bookcase and make it look like a cool stack of shelves at the supermarket that can hold books, music system and personal items like photo frames and memorabilia. Additionally, use inflatable cushions and pillows to create a comfort area where your child and her friends can sit and read, chat or watch TV.

With doors, the emphasis should be on personalization. Wooden letters or plaques that spell your childs name are a great hit with kids of all ages. You can color coordinate these nameplates to match the décor of your kids room. Similarly, for closet doors, stick to the general theme of the room and leave space for a favorite cartoon character or baseball hero.

Accessorize your kids room with such items as cork boards, which not only look cool and funky but also help cover unsightly gaps or scars on the walls, and trendy picture frames and posters. The shelves can hold assorted knick-knacks such as photo frames, a few small childhood toys and any other items of interest. For the bed, use linen that matches the general tone of the room and avoid clumsy patterns.

Above all, involve your child in everything that you do. You will never learn how to decorate your kids room if you dont consult her beforehand. Particularly if your child is a teenager, her likes and dislikes may vary strongly from yours, so dont end up with a room that neither of you likes!