When you were a kid, every inch of your room was a playground. Every bookcase, chair and bed sheet became a castle, a cruise ship or a racecar in the blink of an eye.Remember? Ah ... those were the days!We all know it’s important to encourage kids to explore, but creating that wonderland doesn’t have to involve shelling out tons of money for branded kid’s room decor. When you’ve got lunches to make, spills to clean and new clothes to buy every six months, home improvement projects like these oftentimes have to be simple.When decorating, use a little out-of-the-box thinking to turn your kid’s room into the ultimate playground. Try a few of these ideas on for size:Sky’s the Limit
Switching up lighting
and wall ornaments is one of the most ingenious ways to jump-start your tyke’s creativity. Wall lights, lamps and task lighting can create areas of focus and variations in ambience that will spark your child’s imagination.Consider using wall sconces
and a little creative painting to turn your child’s room into an expanse of glowing, floating clouds. You can even add some glow-in-the-dark stars or a kids ceiling light with a cloud design
to bring it all together.Let the dreaming begin!New Faces, Familiar Places
If you have more nightlights and kids table lamps
than wall lights, consider using them to light DIY dioramas you can make out of cardboard and construction paper. With a couple good stories and a handful of toys these tiny towns can be transformed into Sesame Street, Mr. Roger’s neighborhood or an all-new imaginary place where your kids can let their creativity run free.Circus Time
No matter what kind of lighting fixture, it can be fun to substitute standard white bulbs for red, blue or green bulbs. If your kid loves the circus, candy cane-striped shades and accompanying red bulbs can create a magical scene. During the Christmas season, some green and red bulbs thrown in the mix can help create a more festive atmosphere. Swapping out bulbs for any occasion can make for a nice surprise and an easy way to spark imagination.Simple, inexpensive and fun ideas for your kid’s room can sometimes leave the biggest impression on your little geniuses!