Fabric has a huge impact on the overall look and feel of kids’ rooms, but curtains and blinds can be expensive so it’s important to choose wisely. Read my tips on how to choose fabrics for children’s rooms over at Mr Fox magazine, and find out where to find them.
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Amélie’s room was designed by her mum Maaike who is a visual merchandiser & window dresser. You can admire Maaike’s talent for visual composition over on her Instagram feed @fleursdamelie, where she shares photos of her amazing home and the girls’ bedrooms. I love the soft colours and pretty boho feel of Amélie’s room, which features gorgeous oversized floral wallpaper.
Maaike’s advice for designing children’s rooms is to keep the base calm and the bed and other furniture light, then you can use accessories to add colour and atmosphere. Quirky details add character, and wallpaper is great for setting the mood.
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Time to talk to Amélie now! Tell us Amélie…
♥ What is your favourite food? Spinach.
♥ What are you into right now? I love riding my bike, which I got for my birthday. I also like painting and sticking stickers on pretty drawings.
♥ Your favourite book? Little Golden Books, right now I’m really into mermaids.
♥ What is your favourite colour? Black (unfortunately says mum ;-)).
♥ Your favourite animal? Tigers and crocodiles.
♥ Trousers or a dress? It depends – I love glittery dresses, but I’m kind of cool girl too.
♥ What would you like to be when you grow up? Black Pete, or a ballerina or a princess.
♥ What do you like best in your room? My bed, being tucked in and re-arranging the cushions.
♥ What do you like doing in your room? Reading, and pottering in my kitchen.
♥ Which is your favourite duvet cover? The one with little deer and bows – and there have to be lots of cushions on my bed!
♥ Your favourite pyjamas? The ones with little hearts and rabbits.
Thank you Amélie, it was super lovely to meet you!
(photography: Maaike Goldbach)
Where to start when decorating a child’s bedroom? You can now read my interior design advice for children’s spaces in Homes & Interiors Scotland‘s fabulous Kids’ Bedrooms Look Book! There’s some super lovely ideas here, plus lots of photos to inspire. Available now!
Blackboard walls add instant personality to a kid’s room and make a wonderful focal point, off-setting other colours beautifully. And of course they don’t just look cool, but invite children to get creative, creating their own art works or backgrounds for pretend play – like playing school, house, shop, etc.
If you are thinking of creating a chalkboard wall in your child’s bedroom or playroom but can’t make up your mind, take a look at some of the examples I’ve gathered of blackboards in kids’ rooms.
You may think chalkboards are just too black for kids’ rooms, but bear in mind that they do mellow over time, turning a soft grey by the chalk residue that’s left behind. At the same time, this is something to consider if you like things to look neat and tidy – a messy blackboard might not be your thing.
You don’t have to commit to a full wall and can just paint a smaller area in a nice shape, like a house in the example above. It can be a backdrop for a play kitchen or desk and you can dress it up with shelves, hooks or bunting.
Or how about just painting a border in chalkboard paint, or a door?
If you are worried about painting a chalkboard directly onto a wall – for example if you are renting – then you can go for non-permanent chalkboard film that sticks to your wall. You can buy it in rolls and cut it in any desired shaped or have a design made for you by most wall sticker companies.
A framed blackboard that you can stand against the wall is another idea – make sure it is attached securely.
Do keep a place for chalks and a wiper nearby – a picture ledge is a good solution. Dust free chalks help keep down the mess, but a final note of caution: if your child’s room is carpeted, a chalkboard might not be a good idea as it will be more difficult to clean.
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These friendly wall plaques are by Haciendo el Indio, a Spanish kids’ decor brand that produces beautiful decorative objects, art prints, cards and even murals for children’s rooms. Printed on paper, then laminated and glued to wooden boards, they make a great addition to a library shelf or gallery wall. This selection and others, including posters and wall stickers, are available from Haciendo el Indio’s web shop.
Time to share this Scandinavian inspired kids’ room I designed for a girl called Florence. Florence’s parents wanted a fresh, light feel for their daughter’s bedroom, which hadn’t changed much since she was a baby. We went for a complete make-over: the carpet was replaced with a wooden floor and the colour palette was reduced to off-white and a mix of mint greens and blues. To complement the floor, natural wood tones and a wool rug add warmth to this cool colour scheme.
A reading chair was also high on the list, and not being able to find quite the right bookshelf, I designed this plywood house shaped shelf myself. As Florence was starting school in September, we added a small desk. The animal map of the world seemed just the ticket or a girl who loves animals.
To make the most of the available space, we chose a rustic white bed with storage drawers underneath and a cute little step to get in. A wall shelf above the bed acts as a bedside table for books, a reading lamp and knick-knacks. Don’t you love the little trinket drawers? Perfect to keep treasures nearby.
Dutch bedding designers Snurk have added a fab woodland themed duvet set to their children’s bedding range, featuring a squirrel and a bunny rabbit. Two furry friends to keep your child company at night. Love it!
(image: snurk bedding)
Can’t get used to the dark evenings still? Brighten up a dark corner with some accent lighting – I’ve rounded up some my current favourite lamps and nightlights for Mr Fox this month. Find sources and tips over here at Mr Fox magazine.
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I was asked by Living Etc to comment on the trend of house-shaped furniture in kids’ rooms for their January feature on children’s room design. The article highlights current trends in children’s interiors and offers plenty of decoration tips by a host of kids’ design experts. You can read some of it on my press page here.