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blackboard walls and chalkboard ideas for kids’ rooms

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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.

blackboard chalkboard wall kids room 2ablackboard chalkboard wall kids room 3You 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?

blackboard chalkboard wall kids room 4blackboard chalkboard wall kids room 5If 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.

blackboard chalkboard wall kids room 3blackboard chalkboard wall kids room 6To create something special, add an eye-catching wall sticker or light letters to your chalkboard wall.

blackboard chalkboard wall kids room 7Interior design for children: chalkboard ideas for kids rooms.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.

Happy decorating!

Sources (from top): kotivinnki, lundiamaxime brouillet, living agency, nordic  design, the boo and the boy, kotopalapeli, rh baby and child, homedit, shanna murray, seletti, the boo and the boy.

mr fox: how to clear the clutter – clever storage for kids

clever storage for kids how to de-clutter

Over on Mr Fox I’ve rounded up 6 ways to clear the clutter with clever storage ideas for kids’ rooms. Find out where to source these beauties and read my storage tips here.

(image: room to bloom)

haciendo el indio kids’ wall decor

haciendo en el indo kids decor for children

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.

little lamb print for kids haciendo en el indio(images: haciendo el indo)

a scandi bedroom for florence

childrens interior design scandinavian mint and blue girls room florence 1Time 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.

childrens interior design scandinavian mint and blue girls room florence 2A 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.

childrens interior design scandinavian mint and blue girls room florence 3To 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.

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sources: woodland animals, star cushion, heart cushionharlequin wallpaper mint, animal map of the world.

images: design & styling by room to bloom, photography by brett charles, with thanks to nubie kids and molly meg.

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