Photo credit: Left photo - Jody Myers-Fierz, Right photo - ©Jane BeilesKids’ Art Room Guide: 3 Inspiring Ideas for Making Your Art Space Prettier Theresa July 14, 2016 Home, Lifestyle 15 Comments Whether you have toddlers or teens, nothing makes a home more welcoming to kids than a space for creating art and having fun. Sunlight pouring in through open windows, labeled art supply sections – these small touches will instantly make an art space look prettier. 3 Inspiring Ideas for Making Your Art Space Prettier Art rooms can easily become chaotic! To make the most of my art room, I consulted an expert for advice. As an interior designer and lifestyle expert (whose residential and commercial design work has been recognized in magazines and online), Jody Myers-Fierz (founder of design firm Color Concept Theory) suggests that in a kid’s art room, “Lots of windows, cool colors and lighting on a dimmer is important.” She says that “for the younger children I like to implement bright colors and give the room a “happy” vibe.” Her belief is that “regardless of the age an art room should promote their creativity and be their outlet to have fun.” ©Jane Beiles She goes on to say, “Have them paint each drawer a different color and place a label of what goes where. Place bins in the room and have dedicated drawers for paint brushes/paints/crayons/colored pencils/etc. that will introduce the kids to organizational skills but in a fun way.” When it comes to cultivating creativity in kids and getting them to think of themselves as artists, Myers-Fierz says, “I want children to exhibit their work on all levels… I love having them personalize the space by having them paint the letters of their name and placing it on the wall.” I took away three main ideas from Myers-Fierz’ expert advice, and I implemented this advice in my home to see how it would work. 1: Set up the art space in a room with good lighting I moved the kids’ art table out towards the windows, and I moved a lamp next to the table. This was an instant improvement. My kids could see their work better. Better lighting helped them focus and give attention to detail. The lighting was also very soothing. 2: Make the room about the kids Before utilizing this advice, all the art supplies were jumbled together in one large container. I took Myers-Fierz’ advice and enlisted the kids in helping me organize. Using sharpies, I labeled different containers for crayons, markers, pens, pencils, and colored pencils. Samantha helped me choose what color sharpie to use and where each art supply would go. Since we tossed a lot of non-working art supplies as we organized, I took Samantha and Georgiana to the art store to buy some new paint, paint brushes, palettes, and canvas. The new supplies got them excited about fixing up the art room. Another organizational strategy we used was to reuse old items in new ways. This helped us save money so we could make the art room look prettier on a small budget. We reused old popcorn tins and unused plastic cups. Samantha enjoyed seeing the items that she liked being used for a new purpose in her art room. She dislikes throwing away anything. This was the perfect way to allow her to hold on to old items, while still making the room look pretty. You can also reuse the kids’ old items from when they were babies. Like most moms, I’ve got a lot of unused baby gear. To try this strategy out, I took the b.box retro chic diaper caddy and used it to organize art supplies. The top part was perfect for holding papers, like the new painting paper we bought. My kids loved having access to paper, instead of having to ask for it. There was plenty of space for the kids’ CDs. Music is a key part of their art room. They love singing as they create art! From pop music to nursery rhymes, the CD collection looks much better in this art caddy than it did on the floor. I liked the drawer, which was the perfect place to store scissors and glue. 3: Exhibit the children’s work I loved Myers-Fierz’ idea of displaying the children’s art. Luckily, large canvases were on sale. I bought two so each girl could make one. Samantha was really excited to create what she called her, “first masterpiece.” She ended up enlisting the whole family in helping her finish certain parts of it (the sun and some of the blue sky). Making a painting as a family was exciting to her. She loved seeing it hang on the wall! I hung Georgiana’s painting as well. She had a lot of fun playing with the colors and was really proud to see her painting hanging up too. All three expert ideas were very effective and inspiring! The kids’ art room looked much better. I loved having a place for everything. Organization improved, while the room also had a bright, open, colorful look. Have you fixed up an art room in your house? Share a tip in the comments! Disclosure I received a free item, but it in no way influenced my opinion! 15 Responses Dominique July 14, 2016 I really enjoyed reading this! I wish so badly we could have space for an art room and craft space but currently out house is too small. We always have to use the dining table. Great ideas! I will save them for the future home I hope to get soon. Reply Glenda Kruse July 14, 2016 Your room is definitely beautiful. Love the art work by your precious daughters 🙂 Reply Adaleta Avdic July 15, 2016 I’ve seen so many tours of different rooms, and I adore how everything looks when people truly take the time to design and decorate their space. Making a work space more artsy makes it feel so much more creative. I’m bookmarking this for the future when and if I have kids too 😉 xx Adaleta Avdic Reply Deanna July 15, 2016 These are great tips! I love that she says make it about the kids. Reply rowena supan sembrano July 15, 2016 Wow.. how i wish I could also have an art room for my kids.. so nice i love it… nice job girls.. Reply Brittany July 15, 2016 Great ideas! I love the display of your child’s art! Can’t wait til my kids are making things I can hang up! Reply The Home Loving Wife July 15, 2016 I found this post at the perfect time because we homeschool and I’m planning how to redo our spaces a bit to set us all up for success! I can’t wait to set up an art space for them, especially now with your tips! Reply Michaela July 15, 2016 This is adorable. Such a great environment for the kiddos. Reply zan July 15, 2016 I was just online looking for some ideas like these so I’m definitely pinning!! Thanks for sharing! Reply Caroline Murphy July 15, 2016 Great ideas! Our playroom is in need of some structure. I think an art area would be perfect Reply ashley July 15, 2016 Great post! I have not decided if I want to have a little mini arts and crafts area for my toddlers in my dining room or their room.. I can not wait to hang their art work on the walls either way! Reply ROBERT LEE July 17, 2016 If I may, storage spaces for children’s things are to be considered and of course, they should be the ones where it is easy for kids to keep their stuff. Back when my kids were younger, I had instilled in them the rule of not having more than two toys at the same time. They need to return the ones they are done with before getting something else. Reply momwithfive July 24, 2016 I really like reading your tips. I have five kids and they love drawing, paiting… our kitchen is their art area…. maybe I have to find a better place. Reply 4 Must-Try Kids Room DIY Crafts - Theresa's Reviews September 24, 2016 […] I interviewed an interior design expert about how to set up the kids art room, one important tip the expert shared was to allow the kids to personalize the space. 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