At Home Living: Decorating a child’s room through the years
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Involving your child from an early age when decorating his or her room is important for a number of reasons, according to a former northeast Kansas interior designer.

With more 37 years of experience in the interior design business, Jolayne Hawver, of Ozawkie, said she enjoyed consulting and decorating children’s rooms.

“I used certain games that would show me what their color preferences were,” she said. “That would give me some insight into what they preferred. I was letting the child be the client. I had a lot of really good results that way.”

Hawver said a child can’t obviously have input into how his or her nursery is going to be decorated, but starting as early as possible to involve your child in the decorating decision-making as they get older can pay off in many ways.

“If they’re part of the process and their preferences and personality are put in that room, they are going to respond to that room better,” she said. “They will tend to keep it cleaner longer and do better in school. They just seem to grow more.”

There’s no one right answer in decorating a child’s room, Hawver said, as their tastes are going to change as they grow up, especially in the teen years.

However, for the preschool years, Hawver suggests using shelves with containers that store toys within reach.

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Do you really know your decorating style?
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You have a new home or your first apartment and dozens of crazy ideas to make it look the way you want. But do you really know your own decorating style?

Perhaps it was easy to see that your mom had a taste for historic, Colonial decorating. Maybe you’ve always marveled at the way a friend embraced midcentury modern style to create the perfect “Mad Men” pad.

But if your decor seems to lack that kind of continuity and flair, you’re not alone.

Fight feeling overwhelmed

In this day and age, asking someone to name their decorating style is almost a trick question, said Better Homes and Gardens home content director Jill Waage.

Thanks to nebulous decorator terms such as “eclectic” or “personalization,” interior decor isn’t as easy to typify as it was even 10 years ago. (Remember “Moroccan style”?) That makes decorating harder than it used to be, Waage said.

Since 1924, Better Homes and Gardens (first published under the name “Fruit, Garden and Home” in 1922) has been giving all manner of home economics and homemaking advice. Readers’ questions have always betrayed an anxiety over home decor.

“Pick a decade,” Waage said. “People are still looking for tips about how to use color, arrange furniture, always looking to make their home better.”

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