Even very young children have their likes and dislikes when it comes to favorite cartoon characters, animals, and toys. Although their preferences will change as they grow, the change in accessories curtains, and bedding should take you through a couple of redecorations before you will need to paint or repaper, unless you really feel a need.
Sometimes involving kids in decisions can be more trouble than it's worth. They can be indecisive and, frankly, what they think "goes" is oftentimes a style disaster (just ask them to pick out their own outfit for the day and see what you get). But give them some choices (that have been pre-selected) of kids curtains that they're sure to love and notice how much more time they'll spend in their room happily. It can make a big difference in their happiness, and ultimately that of the entire family.
If you want to be gender specific then think curtains with prints of cars, airplanes, trucks, cranes, animals, trains for boys. For girls its prints of mermaids, fairies, princesses, dolls, puppies, kittens that make nice window accessories. Blue for boys and pink for girls is the usual color chosen but you can pick any bright color like yellows, oranges, and light green, white with bright prints and so on.
When you want to redecorate a child's room, you may not need to repaint, paper or change the walls at all. A change of accessories, bedding, and especially curtains can change a room dramatically without going through the expense of a complete redecoration. You will be amazed at the change even when changing a window treatment.
What finials should you use? Finials are the decorative pieces that go on the end of the curtain rod. They vary from very simple to very decorative. Simple finials could be balls. More decorative could match the theme of your room. For example, a cowboy room needs horseshoes. A princess room might need a star. An animal themed room might like an animal shaped finial. If you are going to use a curtain that covers your curtain rod, you might want a decorative finial since that is all that is going to be seen.
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