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

Your Home and Garden - - Contents - Text by Vanessa Nouwens. Pho­tog­ra­phy by Wendy Fen­wick.

ROYAL SUITE

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’.

JUN­GLE HUT

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.

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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.

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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.

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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’.

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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.

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