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RL Tips: Kid Friendly Spaces

The RL Team together with guest designers answer your decorating queries and more!


From home basics to color queries, the RL team and a couple of guest designers answer your questions sent via social media. Keep the answers in mind as they may come in handy in the future.

Photos used in this feature by Miguel Nacianceno.

Read the original article ("50 Solutions to 50 Home Problems”) in the July 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details. 

Age-Appropriate Color

Q. I have no idea what color to use on the walls, moldings, and cabinets of my 10-year-old son’s room. Any options aside from the usual blue? —Gemma Du

A. At that age, it is best to use a neutral palette like mocha, light gray, or taupe because it will only be a few years before he becomes an adolescent.  Use off-white, semi-gloss paint for moldings and cabinets to complement the neutrals.—Nina Santamaria, interior designer

Family Feng Shui

Q. I share a bedroom with my seven-year-old boy. I’d like to redecorate our room to reflect my style yet still be appropriate for a child. I also want to put a small aquarium inside the room. Any Feng Shui opinion on this? – Decorating Mom

A. According to my research, an aquarium in the bedroom is not good feng shui, as its main elements—water, fish, vegetation, constant movement—weaken the "cocooning" energy in the bedroom. Energy-wise, water presence may bring worry into the bedroom. In this case, you may also put the aquarium in the other areas of the house that requires activity. Regarding the décor, you can have the room designed according to your style but make sure he has a little corner by himself where he can store his toys, books and activity materials. —Nina Santamaria, interior designer

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