Rooms where your children can be themselves, work and play and entertain their own friends
Our children, boys and girls, usually manage to be where they want to be, and often that’s home in their own room, if the room gives them a chance to be themselves. Therefore, it’s a wise parent who knows his own child, and decorates his room accordingly.
The rooms shown here have certain things in common that all youngsters want. They have plenty of shelf and storage space for games and books and sports and hobby paraphernalia. They have good-size desks or tables for work and play and study. They are neatly arranged to leave as much free floor space as possible. They have bright color schemes and furnishings that will stand up under wear and tear.
The girls’ rooms are suitably feminine, with ruffles and flower prints and pretty curtains, and the boys’ room are thoroughly masculine, with clean straight lines and no nonsense about decoration just for its own sake.
All the rooms were decorated with due regard for the family budget, too: furnishings that don’t cost too much to begin with, and will give many years of service with very little upkeep (washable fabrics, for example). Besides, each room has fresh ideas and real individuality. (Have you ever seen a child who wasn’t a rugged individualist, who wasn’t sure whether he liked chocolate or vanilla best?)
Examples: The built-in wardrobes with drawers beneath, to form bed alcoves in the teenage boys’ room [at the bottom of the page]. The distinctive color scheme, blue and white and violet, in the little girls’ room [below]. The red picket fence wallpaper cut-out in the delightful nursery [below].
And these ideas are just starters. When in doubt, ask your own children; they know what they want to collect, what colors they like, what hobbies they want to pursue in the privacy of their own rooms. What’s more, they won’t hesitate to tell you.
Colorful bedroom for boys
Growing boys’ room is practically indestructible; has everything from bunk beds to baseball and mitt.
There’s plenty of storage space in the chests; awning-striped sailcloth slipcovers can be lounged on with a minimum of wrinkling; the study-play table with pole lamp serves two.
Flooring is cork and vinyl. Idea for displaying toys or collections: shelf that runs around two walls.
Little girl’s bedroom fresh and flowery
Little girl’s room is fresh and flowery, with a canopied bed, one wallpapered to match the bedspread fabric, painted furniture, the tea table set for Raggedy Ann.
The love seat opens up to sleep a guest. Attached to one wall are sheets of perforated metal, painted white; decorative and useful for hanging up pictures, shelves.
Girls’ bedroom: Victorian charm with modern practicality
Teen-age girls’ room combines Victorian charm with modern practicality. The curvy chairs, stools and bed headboards are natural peel you paint yourself; the efficient storage wall, with desk-dressing table for each young lady, is built in.
The sunny color scheme is taken from the flowered chintz, quilted for the bedspreads, plain for the draperies. A white cotton rug marks off what every girl wants: a conversation area for exchanging news about boys.
Red and pink nursery for baby
Nursery in pink and red and white is complete; it even has a rocking chair for the baby’s mother. The crib is neatly fenced off from drafts and light by folding screens, and a red picket fence wallpaper cut-out decorates both the screens and the wall behind them. Flooring is vinyl, valance is papered to match walls, window shade is a matching pink and white checked cotton.
Red, white and blue bedroom for boys
Teen-age boys’ room is all-American in character, with a positive red, white and blue color scheme. It is also planned for rugged individualism: each boy has his own desk, captain’s chair, shelves installed on a backing of plywood with slots, built-in wardrobe with drawers beneath. The flooring is vinyl, bedspreads are sailcloth.
5 bedroom floorplans
Teen-age boys’ room and the All-American & Little girl’s room