Time to switch on your imagination and get creative with your kids’ rooms!
With most new homes including a dedicated rumpus room or playing space where all the toys and games can live, children’s bedrooms are taking on a new look and purpose. In addition, with the popularity of renovation and DIY TV shows, kids these days have become little connoisseurs as to ‘what’s cool’ and can be quite particular with their own style.
Getting it right is all in the planning! Important to consider is the longevity of the décor, will the child grow out of a certain style quickly, so lean towards a neutral base with accessorised colour? Do you have a do it yourself attitude and want to make some of the décor pieces to create a truly unique look? Perhaps you have a favourite or sentimental piece of furniture or artwork that has inspired you and can set the theme for the room? A visit to Pinterest or popular smartphone app Home Love by Home Beautiful (as featured on House Rules) will get the creative juices flowing and start the imagination buzzing for décor ideas, colour schemes and quirky bed configurations.
Danielle Taylor, Carlisle Homes Interior Design Manager, gives us some hints on where to start and shares her favourite children’s retreats from the display homes.
Discover the world of wallpaper
Eye-catching wallpaper prints are all the buzz right now in kids’ rooms. Whilst covering all walls can end up being a more expensive exercise it does replace the need for artwork, which can balance the budget. Alternatively, choosing to wallpaper just one wall with an expressive print can be a more affordable way to achieve a striking look.
The Hamptons Lifestyle inspired Montclair at Greenvale Gardens features a bedroom fit for a little boy with aeroplane print wallpaper adorning the walls with a unique aeroplane clock adding a further dimension. Including a beautiful toy box not only adds valuable storage to hideaway toys but also completes the bed suite as the room’s centrepiece.
The Noosa Resort inspired Canterbury at the new Somerfield Estate, Keysborough has definite wow factor in the kids’ rooms. This stunning wallpaper certainly is bold, whilst the muted colours, playful teddy bears and coastal accessories anchor the look and create a room your kids will love! Create a sense of space and luxury with a bed head of extended height as a point of difference and eliminate the need for additional artwork.
Add homemade touches
Make your child’s room even more unique and special by creating some of the décor pieces yourself! Dreamy birds inflight adorn the walls in the form of wallpaper in this pretty girl’s room at the Vaucluse at the Somerfield Estate, Keysborough. Looking closely above the bed, little white birds are (double side) taped to the paper to add an interesting three dimensional look and replacing the need for framed artwork. Don’t worry if you are new to the DIY scene, start small such as homemade bunting or experimenting with framed photos or images. It is worth checking out shopping sites like etsy.com for some original wall decal ideas to add to the quirky feel. Side tables without drawers with a wooden crate or wicker basket added can create a different and interesting storage piece.
Artwork sets theme
A favourite piece of art is a great way to start the theme in a room. The Day Spa inspired Nevada at The Avenue at Casey, Cranbourne has a neutral canvas, however, pops of colour in blues, bright greens and aquas, really pack a punch in this children’s room. The beauty of this room style is the flexibility to easily change the look over time as your children grow, with different feature artwork linking to bold accessories such as cushions, bed linen and ornaments.
Play it safe with a neutral base palette with subtle feature colours, such as the Montclair at Greenvale Gardens, for a sophisticated yet still distinctly girly bedroom. This room with its restful and calm feel and romantic sheer curtains, can easily also cater for the extra guest on a busy family weekend.
Eclectic and quirky
Unstructured looks full of personality are very on-trend right now. You don’t always have to buy brand new complete matching sets of furniture and bed linen. Build your children’s room style over time by collecting different pieces for a colourful and interesting space, and a great way to save money! The Aspen at Eucalypt Estate, Wollert is a great example of eclectic style with pops of colour in the form of cushions, floor rugs, vintage toys and sticker wall art – a room oozing with personality!
Catering for the pre-teen
Always a tricky customer, the not-quite-child but not-quite-teenager! The Montclair at Greenvale Gardens captures the perfect retreat for the pre-teen, starting with a neutral colour palette and injecting boldness through striped wallpaper. Introducing interesting butterfly iron artwork to add character and charm and break up the stripes with spotted linen, white and feature cushions completing the sophisticated look.
The arrival of a new baby is always a special time and there’s no better way to celebrate than with the ultimate dream nursery. A visit to the calm Contemporary inspired Riva at Berwick Waters Estate, Clyde North is a must for the expecting parent’s to-do list. Neutral in its palette, the beautiful and playful nursery has textured soft grey wall paper with soft colours introduced through white framed artwork. The tepee bassinet from Pure Baby with muslin draping is not only the perfect nest for your baby but also creates a central theme for the room. The inclusion of a stunning fabric pendant light perfectly balances the space and allows for a soft and calm light, perfect for baby.
The looks, styles and themes for children’s rooms are endless. The best place to start is to get the kids involved with a moodboard to collect all yours and their favourite ideas to create that perfect room just for them.