Kevin Sharkey says that kids like to see themselves in their rooms.
"Eclectic rooms are always the most comfortable to be in because you're really getting an impression of who lives in this room. With kids' rooms you really want to feel like you're participating in them growing as a little person.
Like everything else, consumers are conditioned to expect more, and kids, they're just a lot savvier than we think. So yes, everyone has their doll that they really like, and their teddy bear that's really cute, but they also want to display their art work or their photographs or their pictures of their friends. It's just not enough to have plaid giraffes walking around the room. They want to see themselves
Rebecca Robertson [a Martha Stewart Living editor] did her little boy's room. She has her little boy's pieces of artwork displayed on these pieces of laths. That are on the wall, and its just a rotating art collection. And then there's this sombrero that he loves just hanging up there. That's a beautiful room. It's a beautiful white on the walls, they picked a beautiful color yellow on the lath, there's a shag floor, and pretty bedding. It doesn't need to feel like "here's a beautifully packaged decorator's room" Those are not fun rooms to be in."
Photo by Jonny Valiant. Copyright 2011. Originally published in the September 2008 issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine