Kids’ bedrooms Four styled looks for youngsters and teens
A kid’s bedroom can be way more than just a room. Create a magical space that inspires your child to dream big
If you are aiming to create a whimsical and magical space that your child can dream, play and sleep in, take inspiration from this adorable room design.
This royal-themed room has the potential to see them through from toddler to pre-teen by simply changing out a few accessories.
The light colour scheme has a playful feel and the decor mixes both modern and traditional styles. Ornate framed prints, a whimsical tree side table and a luxe buttoned-velvet ottoman add a dose of traditional fairy-tale wonder.
The starting point of this design was the gold bed drape. While princess canopies are still trending, the bed drape is an elegant alternative that makes a great focal point.
The rose and powder-pink bedding mimics the floaty feel of the bed drape. Laden with pillows and cushions, this bed can be a cosy refuge where your child can play and read. Lace pink star cushion, $67.95, Luna silver wand, $23.95, Pixie Bebe Su Ki doll (in moodboard), $45.95, all from Concrete Blush. Home Republic gold velvet cushion, $69.99, Home Republic euro pillowcase in shell pink, $59.99, both from Adairs. Pink faux fur bag, $24.99, from Cotton On Kids. Baksana divine pink blanket, $225, Baksana dusty rose euro pillowcase, $59, Naha Huchy Princess Pearl doll, $59.90, Meileg medium bunny, $79.90, all from Allium. Rosewood pink pillowcase pair, $55, from Foxtrot Home. Wicker toy suitcase, $164, frill play mat, $199, both from Little Whimsy. Walls painted in Resene ‘Urbane’. Floor painted in Resene ‘Swiss Coffee’.
Kids of all ages will love this fun green room, which is all about contrasting textures. Faux foliage tiles are tacked to the wall and add a lush feel to the room, as well as creating a fun feature. On the bed, a forest green linen duvet cover and pillowcase are teamed with a striped euro pillowcase and chunky knitted cushion and throw. Lots of textures create an inviting space to snuggle or play in.
This wooden house bed from Mocka is a good option for a first bed as it’s low to the floor and, with a good mattress, could see your child through for several years. This bed would also work well laden with cushions to create a sofa in a playroom. Throw some sheets over the frame and it could be a cubby house, too.
A simple wooden bedside cabinet is ideal for storing books and accessories and ties in with the wooden texture of the bed – using similar wood types helps a room to feel cohesive. Even this oval jute rug works in with the natural tones at play in the room.
Remember, if you are putting darker colours on the walls, lighten up the scheme with a paler colour on the floor so as not to make the space seem too small and dark.
Is your child mad on skateboarding, sailing, basketball, skiing or surfing? Their favourite hobby is a great starting point for a bedroom theme.
For this surf-themed room, we’ve kept the walls and floor simple and neutral as this will mean they won’t need to be updated as your child grows. Invest in some good-quality, plain bedding – linen is a great bedding fabric for teens as the more crumpled and relaxed it looks, the better. Mix it up with some pillowcases and cushions on the bed. A large euro pillow at the back is great for reading, then layer it with a standard pillowcase and a cushion or two.
Like any room, storage is key, so a bedside cabinet and drawers are essential. Also consider creating some vertical storage by adding hooks on a blank wall for hanging up a wetsuit, favourite cap or ski jacket.
If you have wooden floors then a rug is a must. This woven denim rug not only ties in with the colour theme but is also very durable.
A photographic print chosen by your child won’t go out of date and they can continue to enjoy it for years. Finally, simply add their sporting equipment as decoration and voilà!
CRYSTAL CASTLE This space is not for the faint-hearted, with punchy blue walls and gem-print bedlinen, but the overall effect is striking and unique, and would be great for kids who dare to be different.
The key feature of this room is the bed, which is dressed in crystal-patterned bedding and a mix of pillowcases and cushions in an array of fabrics, colours and textures. This collection of linen goodies creates interest on the bed and invites relaxation. As the bedlinen features a busy pattern, we’ve avoided adding any more and instead used colours from the duvet on plain cushions and throws. The other decor objects in this room were chosen to complement the scheme rather than compete with it.
The accent colour here is deep indigo blue. When adding an accent colour to a room, remember to repeat this colour three times for the room to be balanced. Ideally this colour should be positioned at three different heights – we have blue on the walls, on the round cushion and in the throw on the bed.
Vertical storage on walls is often overlooked in kids’ rooms so make the most of blank walls by adding some hooks or a shelf. These fun Patricia Urquiola for Kartell wall hooks are great for holding necklaces – place them close to the bed for easy jewellery removal.
1 Smallstuff pram, $235, from Little Whimsy. 2 Mini ottoman in mustard, $495, from Me & My Trend. 3 Miss Goldie doll, $45.99, from Little Whimsy.
4 Pocket pink linen bunting, $84, from Little Whimsy.
Rogue wall garden, $109 per tile, Rogue sansevieria plant (on table), $129, both from Freedom. Grey striped euro pillowcase pair, $55, from Foxtrot Home. Forest green single duvet cover, $280, pillowcase pair, $135, both from Thread Design. Velvet pea cushion in kombu green, $109, from Tea Pea. Oslo chunky knit throw, $149.99, and cushion, $39.99, both from EziBuy. Verde stoneware planter, $12, from Kmart. Muuto green coat hook, $63, from Bauhaus. Other items stylist’s own. Walls painted in Resene ‘Rivergum’.
Floor painted in Resene ‘Half Fossil’. Door painted in Resene ‘Eighth Fossil’.
1 Printable orangutan poster, $5.35, from Etsy/Lotus print studio.
2 Workshop enamel lightshade, $245, From Green With Envy. 3 Kelzuki Elephantidae art print,
$59, from Tea Pea. 4 Kip & Co kombu green velvet beanbag, $159, from Tea Pea. 5 Sika Design Roger stool, $399, from Green With Envy.
1 ‘War is dumb’ flag in navy, $149, from Kawaiian Lion.
2 Aura vintage denim cushion, $69.99, from Shut The Front Door. 3 Tall locker, $49, from Kmart. 4 Pure linen quilt cover set, from $379, from Freedom.
Bedside Locka, $89.95, from Mocka. Yin Yang Yo circle denim cushion, $129, from Kawaiian Lion. Eastham table lamp, $89, distressed print pillowcase (in flat moodboard image), $34.95 for pair, both from Freedom. Surf Shack book by Nina Freudenberger and Brittany Ambridge, $65, from Paper Plane. Single denim duvet cover, $159, navy striped linen pillowcase pair, $35, both from Foxtrot Home. Home Republic washed denim euro pillowcase, $59.99, washed linen cushion, $79.99, and linen throw, $139.99, all from Adairs. Tracks magazine, $14.90, from Mag Nation. RipCurl Junior black wetsuit, $229, from The Boardshop. Surfboard blueprint art (in moodboard image), $6.45, from Etsy/ Gattastamps. Ceramic hand, stylist’s own, try Kmart for similar. Jandals stylist’s own. Walls and floor painted in Resene ‘Rice Cake’.
1 Diamond mirror, $7, from Kmart. 2 Quinne necklaces, $29.99 each, from Shut The Front Door. 3 Oxx Gemstone diamond eau de toilette, $8, from Kmart. 4 Arolo navy cushion, $79.99, from Shut The Front Door. 5 Marble abstract wall print, $8.71, from Etsy/Lotus print studio.
6 Kip & Co velvet orchid beanbag, $159, from Tea Pea.