Kevin Sharkey suggests that the room should reflect the child, not the parents' vision of what a kid's room should be.
"If you start off with a good room, with good bones, colors are beautiful regardless of whether you're five or 55. You pick colors, and then you decorate. A lot of people decorate the room with the things that make up the child — whether it's artwork that they've done, pictures of themselves, pictures of their friends, big cutouts of their initials, or their trophies. That's when a child's room really looks like a real person lives here."
Photo by Matthew Hranek. Copyright 2011. Originally published in the September 2011 issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine