If given full creative freedom, there's a good chance your children would decorate your family's home differently than you would. This is why parents often take the lead in decorating. Sometimes, however, the children get left out altogether--keeping what they want, solely contained to their bedroom or playroom. There's nothing necessarily wrong with that, but when it comes to a family home, it's much more enjoyable when everyone is involved in the decorating plans.

Working with your children can be such a rewarding experience--for you and for them. Not only does it provide an opportunity to teach, bond, and have fun, it makes them feel as though it's their home, too.

You might think finding a balance that makes everyone happy will be too challenging--but it doesn't have to be. In this post, I'll talk about 3 ways you can get your children involved and I'll also provide some tips on how to make the process a smooth one.

Ask for Their Input

Everyone has their own sense of style--even children! Simply asking them to convey their likes and dislikes is often a pretty big deal to them, so don't hesitate to get their input. Getting their insight or ideas from the start can really stir up an excitement that will get them really engaged in the decorating project.

Tip: Have everyone in the family make a list of favorite things such as colors, patterns, textures, fabrics, floor coverings, and furniture styles. Cross-reference each list to find the commonalities (if there are any).

Take them Shopping for Supplies

Kids tend to enjoy visuals, so taking them shopping for decorating supplies can be extremely beneficial. Let them see wall colors, floor coverings, and furniture you're considering. Seeing these items in person can be both fun and educational for them.

Tip: Smaller children can get bored or overwhelmed with an excess of choices to sort through. If you're focusing on something like paint, go to the store without them, narrow down the selections, and then bring those paint samples home. The same process could be applied to fabric swatches or floor samples.

Let them Add Personal Touches

This is their home, too, so allowing your children to add personal touches throughout the home can really make them feel important. If your child loves to draw or paint, ask them to create something that can be framed and hung somewhere in the house. Not only will this give you free art, it will be a fun project for your children. If your child isn't artsy, let them pick one item for each room you're decorating.

Tip: Once you know what your color scheme will be, provide your kids with paints, markers, etc, in colors that will compliment the space.

These are just some of the ways you can get your children involved in the decorating process. With a little planning, your decorating process can be something enjoyable for everyone in the family.