Your Kids' Bedrooms -- Cool Themes Are Easier Than You Think!

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Kids' décor?  Let's face it.  We dads aren't Martha Stewart.  We don't have craft parties, we don't sit around watching HGTV (at least so far as our wives know), and we don't know the first thing about color palettes.  

But we do want our kids to have cool bedrooms. Why? Their bedrooms are their first "territory", the first flag they plant in the ground of independence. Having that bit of control can be the same feeling of sanctuary that we feel when we soak up that extra hour of sleep on a Sunday morning, or flip on that Chuck Norris movie as a guilty pleasure.

So, when your toddler proudly proclaims that he's a "big kid", here's how you can turn his baby's room into a cool big kid sanctuary -- all without losing your mind!

1.  Go with a firefighter theme
What little boy doesn't dream of being a firefighter?  You probably did when you were a kid.  Here's your chance to work on some cool room décor and indulge your own kid dreams in the process!

Luckily, there is tons of firefighter kid's room décor to choose from -- from tables and chairs, to comforter sets, to toy boxes, to book ends.  If you want wall art that's easy to apply and totally temporary, opt for appliqués that peel on and off.  That way, when your son outgrows his firefighter phase, you won't have to worry about re-painting or covering up a bunch of holes in the wall.

2.  Make a sweet princess retreat
Odds are your little girl is already daddy's little princess, so why not get the kids' décor to match?  Even if pink sparkles aren't YOUR thing, they're definitely HERS!

Luckily, her baby's room probably already has a healthy dose of pink and white in it, so you'll be able to use those colors as a base, meaning you won't have to give the room a total overhaul in order to turn it into a princess palace.  All you'll really need are some fun accent pieces -- like a princess-themed bed (bonus points if you have the space in your room and your budget for a canopy or a sleigh bed!), frilly fabrics for the bedding, window treatments, and a throw rug, and a fun kid-sized rocking chair.

3.  Create a winner with sports themes
The right sports theme can work in both boys' and girls' bedrooms.  And, as an added benefit, kids of all ages love sports -- meaning that you can keep the basic design and only have to worry about making a few simple changes as your little one grows up.

For example, you might only have to swap out "cartoon" wall stickers and replace them with posters of your kid's favorite athlete or sports team.  Or, get rid of that racecar toddler bed and replace it with a bigger bed and a NASCAR poster above it.

Luckily, sporty kids' bedrooms can be as unique as your little fan is!  You can decorate with all sports in general, or you can focus on one specific sport.  And if your child is a little athlete in-training, be sure to leave plenty of shelf space for all of the trophies he's sure to collect as he grows up!

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