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