Whether you and your child are inspired by a specific theme or just a color scheme, don’t feel you have to create something elaborate. Keep in mind that the pictures you see in this book or in decorating magazines are settings at their “company best.” In everyday life, a grade-schooler’s toys, books, homework projects, and clothes tend to take over all but the most rigorously policed spaces. Even a minimally decorated room will look plenty busy most of the time, so keep it simple. Typical earth tone colors, various types of blue, white, and even cream or antique colors are often the most appropriate. Selecting a color scheme that is a good match for your child is important to ensure that they are content with the room once everything is completed.