Kids’ rooms to blow your mind!
Time to re-do the Mudlets' rooms? Here are nine children’s room ideas that show the fun side of interior design
Doing up the kids’ rooms? Children’s rooms provide us with the chance to go all out, give our kids a space that is personal and fun, and just for them. OK, it’s not something yours truly is any good at, but I know someone who is! Over to Muddy’s Lara Douglas for her top tips on some fab ideas for your home.
Where in the World?
From Indiana Jones to Carmen San Diego, your little one probably has a world-roaming hero. Encourage their young-set wanderlust with a full wall mural of a world map. Find prints and patterns that lend themselves to various parts of the world. Over Africa hang pictures of elephants, and prints of outlined moose over Canada. There’s no shortage of fun you can have with this theme. As your tot becomes a teen, they can scale up this theme with animal print fabrics and more.
Out on Safari
Does your little one love Madagascar? Perhaps they imagine themselves roaming through the living room hoping to pounce on unwitting prey. Make it all possible with an out-on-safari theme. Opt for green to create a jungle vibe and track the walls with animal prints or patterns — stage giant scenes for your children with projection nightlights that can envelop them in the savannah.
Outside the Box
Geometric shapes and patterns are very on trend for children’s rooms. Get your child started on STEM activities early with a black and white room full of coloured furniture and fixtures. Using a monochrome theme for the walls and flooring, you can make the room adaptable as they age. For now, they can have fire engine red bedding with ocean blue nightstands and bright yellow drawing tables. Think outside the box and bring black and white as well as zany colors together with succinct geometric patterns.
Create a fairy play land with nothing more than cheap muslin and string lights. Okay, there is a bit more work involved, but it’ll be fun, I promise! Bedding and wall patterns can be in muted tones, not necessarily pastel, but generally soft. You can adapt this with gender-neutral colours such as yellow, green and brown to create a fairy garden feeling. Hang thin muslin from high-mounted curtain rods along the walls and weave string lights around the rods. It creates a soft but magical feeling that will have any kid saying, “wow!”
You had a loft, and then you had a kid. How can you turn a small loft into a stunning kid’s room? It’s much easier than you might expect. A lot of your decoration will depend on being functional as well as space-saving. To transform a loft consider having a carpenter build in storage space in the natural slope of the ceiling. A toy chest that reaches from floor to ceiling, even if it’s only a few feet wide, will be the envy of all their friends. Make space truly theirs with a hanging neon sign in the loft, announcing to everyone that this is their room.
Consider using bright colours to contrast any exposed wood as well. Lofts typically do best with white and cream as they capture light and make the space feel larger.
All play and no work are the dream of every child. So, let them play! When designing your child’s room, consider spacing off sections of the room for different activities. An art section near a window and with a drop cloth can help contain painting messes, and a small pool serving as a ball pit can serve for hours of independent playtime.
Bringing the Art Gallery Home
A future artist is something to rave about, but your child will probably move on from crayons quite quickly. To create an art gallery within your child’s room bring in gold fixtures, with bright light, and lots of white space. Then paint one wall with whiteboard paint or line them with a standard and removable neutral shade wallpaper. Then they can go crazy, creating their own masterpieces.
Having built-in beds accomplishes a few things stylistically and functionally. First, it creates cohesion so that beds don’t stick out as furniture but are part of the room. Second, they remove the worry about moving beds around or setting the format of the room. Finally, it gives you more opportunity to create hide-a-ways for your child. With built-in beds, you can have drapes, princess canopies, or collapsible ladders. Look at what your child shows interest in, and you can easily find a way to personalise built-in beds and create an entire theme around it.
Little Miss Glam
Hollywood glam is a favourite among many home designers and for a good reason. It shows off all the possibilities of an exaggerated look. You can create that for your little miss or future makeup guru. Use gold everywhere with a lollipop pink. Bring in kid patterns such as mermaid scale print or wonky lettering with a twist of sparkles, metallics, or giant swooping letters. Whenever you’re decorating your child’s room, have fun. It doesn’t have to match the rest of your home perfectly, and many of these themes will only last a few years until their teenagers.
Words: Lara Douglas