Forget the pale pinks and tepid blues of typical children’s furnishings. Go wild with whimsical, timeless, and multifunctional pieces that can transition from the nursery to big kids’ rooms.
RACHEL BLUMENTHAL, FOUNDER AND CEO OF CRICKET’S CIRCLE—A ONE-STOP SHOPPING SITE FOR NEW AND EXPECTING PARENTS—SHARES TIPS FOR MAKING CHILDREN’S ROOMS STYLISH AND SAFE. When it comes to decorating children’s rooms, what inspires you? My style tends to be classic with a twist, unpredictable yet relatable. As such, it’s important to me that my kids’ rooms aren’t run-of-the-mill, but are still kid appropriate. I love a bold wall (both of my kids’ rooms have Fornasetti wallpaper) and furniture that’s capable of transitioning to a big kid or a grown-up room. What are your strategies for revamping a child’s room as he or she grows older? When a baby becomes a toddler, the best way to update a nursery is to create spaces that your child has access to and that inspire creativity. A low bookshelf, a lightweight bin of toys, a play kitchen, or a musical instrument area are always my favorites. Do you have suggestions for designing a kid’s room on a budget? It’s all about purchasing timeless furniture that can grow with your child (making this type of investment is worth it; the right pieces can last until your child leaves for college) and mixing and matching unexpected colors, textures, and accessories. What’s your advice on babyproofing a home? Every home has some limitations based upon the way its cabinets, doors, and drawers are constructed. I try to be very thoughtful about the things in my home (nothing with sharp edges, nothing that’s not secured to the wall or floor, and, sadly, no accessories on coffee tables and low shelves). And I make certain to put locks on the cabinets and doors that a small child can reach and is frequently in contact with.