When it comes to children’s bedrooms so many people freak out about how to create ‘the perfect’ look. They see a styled image in a magazine or online and decide they want to replicate the same look and feel but don’t know how.
Fear not peeps, I’m here to share some tips and tricks on how you can create the looks you love and make them both personalized and educational at the same time.
- Inject colour – A lot of people think that the main way to make a child’s room colourful is to paint the walls bright. Whilst this is an obvious choice I feel it does two things:
- makes it harder to style because you’re limited to what colour furniture and accessories you can use that won’t clash.
- doesn’t take into account that a child might hate a particular colour as they grow older or the psychological and physical effects a colour can have. For example red is said to create hyperactivity in kids – so unless you never want to sleep I don’t recommend it.
Top tip – start with a neutral shade on the walls like white or grey and add colour using other elements. If you’re not sure on the colour theme you want don’t stress, one of the best ways to decide is to find a piece of artwork that you want to put in the room (picture, poster, drawing etc ) and look at the main colours that you’re drawn to.Use these colours as accents around the room.
For example my accent colours are aqua, royal blue and red and I have incorporated these through artwork, furniture, a rug and toys.
- Add shape and pattern – I think if I had interior design twins this would be their names! I love shape and pattern and kids do to. These two elements go hand in hand and can create visual interest in a room. You can add shape in many ways, for example shelving. The hexagon shelves I’ve featured are the handy work of my husband but if you’re not handy man inclined, many places such as Adairs sell a cool variety of these in different shapes, colours and sizes.
Whether you have carpet or wooden floors rugs are an awesome way to add pattern to a room. I chose a chevron pattern as I love a zig zag print but you could also choose a plain rug and add pattern to the room using soft furnishings such as cushions, ottomans or lamp shades.
Don’t be scared to mix it up. Kids love patterns and shapes such as spots, stripes, triangles, squares or swirls as they’re visually stimulating and fun for them to look at.
- Tie it together with texture – One thing my son absolutely loves is his fake sheep skin rug. I don’t know if he was a lamb in another life but something about the softness of this has him drawn to it and instantly calms him. But texture doesn’t need to be in the form of rugs it can be soft blankets, fluffy toys, shiny surfaces or feathers.
- Educational artwork – I am absolutely loving the artwork of talented artist Sonia Dart from Kids are Weird – (Instagram – @kids_are_weird). This creative mumma specializes in fun custom made ABC posters and bespoke art for kids. I love the unique style she puts into her designs and the fact you can get personalized art for your little one. Who said learning needed to be boring?
Another trick I use is recycled artwork. One of my favourite things to buy when I’m on holiday is art made by local artists or vintage posters. Because my garage is starting to look like a garage sale on steroids and is full to the brim, I have started to re-purpose the art we don’t have space for and use it in Gus’s room.
The image I’ve featured is an old vintage racing poster that I brought in France.The print and the frame fit my overall colour scheme and act as a fun addition to the room.
- Toys that teach – toys seem to be one of those things that even if you swear not to buy too many they just appear and the amount seems to grow. At every point in a childs life they become a constant gift, but they can be educational and not seen as just ‘more junk’. A lot of the toys out there for young kids are designed to teach babies through to school age about colours, shapes, numbers and develop important motor skills.
I know wooden toys are on trend at the moment and they can be super expensive, but a great way to get past the hipster pricing is to look into the fantastic options at IKEA or Kmart. These stores offer an affordable range of wooden toys that are both colourful and educational and a great way to accessorize your child’s room.
The above list are just some of my ideas for ways you can create a fun space for your kids but don’t sweat balls if you don’t get it right the first time, a child’s bedroom is an evolving space as they grow.
The key is to have fun, be as playful as you like and most importantly remember who the space is for…..not YOU! : )
Small note – this is not a sponsored post. I choose to promote local talent because I love supporting small businesses’ and gifted artists. The larger companies mentioned are solely for idea purposes.