Classic furniture designs and traditional color combinations are always in style when decorating, but they can be boring. When it comes to your kids' room, pick some classic elements that you like and infuse some of the latest decor trends to create an individualized look that your child will love.
^ When it comes to walls, subtle stripes are in. Pick one wall and add subtle vertical or chevron stripes that are just a shade or two off your base wall color. For bedding, mixing patterns -- such as geometrics and florals -- is a cool trend that is popular in kids' rooms.
^Wallpaper is hot right now, ranging from retro patterns, classic prints to shiny metallics. When it comes to your kids' room, pick a wallpaper pattern that will grow with them. You don't want to be changing out wallpaper every year or two. If your kids really want cartoon characters on their walls, choose removable decals rather than anything more permanent.
Vallerie Drorbaugh, style manager at The Foundary -- a flash sale site offering the latest trends in essentials and home decor at up to 70 percent off retail -- offers these decorating tips and suggestions for your child's room.
^"Cater to your children's evolving tastes with white walls," says Drorbaugh. "Instead of using gender specific colors, traditionally pink and blue, give them a blank slate. Wall art is an easy way to incorporate imaginative, bold hues."
Plan for company
^"Perfectly proportioned chairs accommodate young visitors. I suggest investing in tables and seating for activities and meal time. Select a contemporary set to complement your existing decor."
^"Revive the classics," Drorbaugh says. "Chalkboards encourage artistic and writing endeavors whether placed in bedrooms, play areas or kitchen spaces." We also recommend painting one wall with chalkboard paint to allow your kids to express themselves.
^The color of the year -- Tangerine Tango -- has made its way into kids' decor. We suggest using this vibrant shade in small doses because it can definitely be overwhelming and it certainly isn't calming. Consider painting the walls a very, very pale shade of orange and then adding accessories and other small items in tangerine and hot pink for pops of color. Drorbaugh suggests barnyard red as the answer to introduce bold, strong color while also remaining gender neutral. For a sophisticated yet youthful look, she also recommends timeless plaids.
Clutter is one of the biggest issues that moms have with their kids' rooms. Get creative and look for storage solutions that are practical and aesthetically pleasing.
^Hammocks aren't just for lounging in the summer sun, they also are a great addition to your child's bedroom. A toy hammock gets stuffed animals, dolls and other items off the ground in a fun, casual way to declutter.
^Vintage soda crates and other containers on casters are perfect for toy storage. You can roll them under a bed or in a closet to be out of sight. Look for vintage items on eBay or at local thrift shops, garage sales and consignment stores. Garden hanging planters and copper pots are also viable storage solutions. Clear kitchen canisters and jars make perfect storage for colorful items that you want to be seen, from crayons to hair bows to Legos.
^"Modular storage allows flexibility," says Drorbaugh. "This is particularly important when working with small spaces. Whether you choose two cubes or 20 cubes, modular units may be stacked, used side by side, or displayed individually."