Kids' Bedrooms Get the Royal Treatment

Lavish children's bedrooms are turning up everywhereWhile the "regular folks" on Main Street are struggling to stay afloat, one segment of the population is living like royalty. According to, affluent parents are sparing no expense when it comes to decorating their children's bedrooms. These dream rooms represent the ultimate excess for these little American princes and princesses.

Inspired by magazine photos of the nursery where Jennifer Lopez's twins lay their heads and the bedrooms of Kimora Lee Simmons' daughters (featured in her show Life in the Fab Lane), bedrooms costing $50,000 to $100,000 are not just a dream, they're for real. So what goes into a $100,000 child's bedroom?

The first step in decorating the elite offspring's room is having a custom mural painted on the walls. A solid coat of paint will not do for these kids. They need to have the perfect background painted to set the theme for the entire design. Costs depend on the size of the room, but one custom muralist said he charges as much as $12,000 for his works of art.

Next comes the furniture, but not just an ordinary bed or desk. How about a crib that looks like the carriage from Cinderella? It can be yours for only $3,729. If that isn't good enough, you can get an even fancier one for a mere $19,995. Remember, kids grow fast and are out of cribs before you know it. Then it's time to replace the baby bed with a Castle Bunk Bed for only $20,570, or a Princess Palace Playhouse Bed for $47,000.

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No conventional bedding can go on extravagant beds like these, so be prepared to spend close to $5,000 to outfit them with elegant comforter sets. Don't forget to budget another couple of thousand dollars for the coordinating custom window treatments, to keep the sun from disturbing your sleeping beauty.

Finally, no child's room is complete without accessories. Every room has to have personalized wall hangings showing the child's name, so all who enter know whose kingdom they are in. These are a bargain at under $300. Forget about putting a ho-hum rocking horse from Toys-R-Us in the corner. This room deserves no less than the dragonfly rocking flying pig for only $1,500.

When I was a kid I thought I was lucky to have a 12-inch black and white TV in my very own room! No simple technology for these mini-magnates; plan on installing a media system with a pull-down screen, projector, surround sound, and child-size reclining theater seats.

Don't worry about measuring up to these outlandish amenities. Have fun fantasizing about these over-the-top lifestyles, and use the designs for inspiration in a more modest, reasonable manner. A loving family is all a child truly needs, no matter where (or how) they live.

Barbara Green is The Design Diva and owner of Sensibly Chic Interior Design. Follow her on Twitter @thedesigndiva.

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