Style ideas for cool kids’ rooms To theme or not to theme?

Broome Advertiser - - Property - Cy Clay­ton

When it comes to cre­at­ing chil­dren’s bed­rooms, the key is to strike the right bal­ance of style, func­tion­al­ity and a lit­tle bit of imag­i­na­tion.

“Chil­dren’s bed­rooms can be one of the most re­ward­ing spa­ces in a house to cre­ate,” says Sarah Knox, of Eskay De­sign.

“This is where one feels they can ‘go all out’, as this space will not in­ter­rupt any other room in the home.”

For Kim Robert­son, of La Vie In­te­ri­ors, it’s all about think­ing long-term.

“Longevity in de­sign is an im­por­tant con­sid­er­a­tion for the de­sign of the room,” she says.

Try these tips to help you cre­ate a stylish, func­tional space that will grow with your child.

While lit­tle ones may love it, Ms Knox cau­tions against heav­ily themed rooms.

“Do we re­ally want to be star­ing at a Frozen poster for the next five years? There are many ways we can theme a room with­out be­ing too spe­cific,” she says.

For in­stance, she sug­gests wall­pa­per in lieu of a movie poster and smaller ac­ces­sories rather than li­censed fur­ni­ture such as beds and dressers.

Tess Bea­gley, of Minted In­te­ri­ors, agrees themes are best used in small doses. “For a beau­ti­ful space al­ways avoid li­censed decor or any­thing too themed,” she says.

Ms Bea­gley says an eclec­tic look also works well.

“Don’t feel chained to one style,” she says. “Chil­dren’s rooms should be play­ful and fun.”

Get gen­der-neu­tral right

Ms Knox says cre­at­ing a gen­der-neu­tral bed­room needn’t mean bal­leri­nas for girls and trucks for boys, or the ubiq­ui­tous yel­low colour pal­ette.

“Add any colour you like; it is re­ally about how you layer the space that makes the room more mas­cu­line or fem­i­nine,” she says.

“Keep the large items in the room plain and sim­ple (whites/black/tim­bers) and then just add dif­fer­ent colours and tones of colour to all the softer pieces, such as cur­tains, bed­spreads and rugs.”

Ms Robert­son says great op­tions for a gen­der-neu­tral room in­clude the or­ganic look, and grey-and-white schemes.

“Gen­der-neu­tral decor is of­ten the more time­less and eco­nom­i­cal ap­proach for a grow­ing fam­ily,” she says.

You can never have enough stor­age

Stylish and prac­ti­cal stor­age is a must-have in any child’s bed­room.

“You can never have enough,” Ms Knox says. “In­vest in good stor­age items that have plenty of space, but also en­sur­ing that they can be moved into dif­fer­ent po­si­tions in the room.”

Ms Bea­gley rec­om­mends coloured bas­kets for toys and sports gear, wall hooks to hang bags and hats, and if you have space un­der the bed, trun­dle stor­age.

Make room for ac­tiv­i­ties

Ms Bea­gley rec­om­mends cre­at­ing ded­i­cated ac­tiv­ity zones within the room, such as a read­ing nook — sim­ply add a bean­bag, cush­ion and a book­shelf.

“Why not in­clude a draw­ing and ac­tiv­ity sta­tion, us­ing a beau­ti­fully de­signed tim­ber kids’ ta­ble and stool com­bi­na­tion, like those from Green Cathe­dral?” she says.

Ms Robert­son also sug­gests a read­ing and mu­sic cor­ner, as well as a dress-up area. “This does not need to take up a huge amount of floor space as the walls are per­fect spa­ces to ex­plore hang­ing stor­age so­lu­tions, for ex­am­ple wall-mounted boxes, rods and hooks to hold imag­i­nary dress-up out­fits, play­ful jew­ellery, hats, caps etc.,” she says.

Style on a bud­get

To help keep your bud­get in check, start with a qual­ity hero piece, rec­om­mends Ms Knox.

“If you have a solid base, such as a good qual­ity white bed and draw­ers, then dec­o­rat­ing the room on a bud­get is easy and you can ‘re­fresh’ the room as your child grows with­out spend­ing too much at all,” she says.

Ms Bea­gley agrees. “Spend a large por­tion on a state­ment piece like beau­ti­fully framed art­work or a great qual­ity floor rug and then con­sider more af­ford­able op­tions for re­main­ing pieces, to com­plete the space and bal­ance out your bud­get,” she says.

Have fun by be­ing creative with tex­ture and colour.Bea­con Light­ing

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