DESIGNING CHILDREN’S BEDROOMS PART 2: WHAT TO BUY
DESIGNING CHILDREN’S BEDROOMS: SOURCING, SHOPPING & STYLING
Shopping for any interior scheme can feel overwhelming. With so much choice available, it can be difficult to make a final decision. ‘Much like wedding dress shopping’, I told my sister as we tamed yet more layers of ivory tulle and pinned some sparkle in her hair. ‘Sometimes you just have to go with your gut – and then stick with it’.
Except this isn’t just about listening to one’s gut, is it? Designing your child’s bedroom is often a family affair.
Image source: Circu. Featuring the incredible Rocky Rocket sofa/chair
This post is the second in a two-part installment. If you missed the first, I suggest giving it a read here, as it focuses on key considerations such as layout and practicality. The aim of this follow-up piece is to help you shop!
The perfect retreat for a little aspiring adventurer at Sarah Mailer Design
This ‘fun part’ generally happens once a brief has been defined in full. Once an intended look and feel has been confirmed. And, whilst many schemes start from scratch, some take inspiration from a key piece source – be it a vibrant rug or statement wallpaper. A starting point like this really helps to stipulate the palette and set the tone.
Image source: John Lewis featuring Villa Nova Pink City Wallpaper
DESIGNING CHILDREN’S BEDROOMS : LET’S SHOP
Shopping. Arguably my favourite pastime! From foresting furniture on Pimlico Road to a sartorial Selfridges sesh, I take a diligent and enthusiastic approach. Curating a ‘shopable’ children’s bedroom edit was a natural progression.
Image source: John Lewis featuring Jane Churchill One Hundread Acre Wood Wallpaper
Spending hours trawling the web for worthy recommendations was the easy part – I could source in my sleep, if required. Deciding on the format was harder. I asked myself – in today’s society, would it be appropriate to organise by gender? ‘Boys’ bedroom’. ‘Girls’ nursery ideas’?
Whilst many people still search terms such as ‘girls’ bedroom ideas’ on Pinterest, hoping to find dusky pink walls and iridescent unicorns, I thought I would leave it more open than that. More interpretative. Let personal preference prevail.
Instead, I have divided each section by category – wallpapers, rugs etc. Some of these have featured in my actual design schemes, whilst others are totally new recruits.
Image source: John Lewis featuring Galerie Jack n Rose Junior Vintage Balloons Wallpaper
Whether you’re looking for bold and brash, a playful stripe or a subtle print, there’s something for everyone in wallpaper-form. Most designs offer a range of colour-ways but I’ve selected my absolute favourites below.
Image source: H&M Home featuring Duvet Cover with Map Motif
If you opt for a busy wallcovering then you may wish to keep any bedding clean and simple. Alternatively, make the bed the feature with bold, statement sheets. Your third option is to bypass plains entirely and mix all the prints. If you embark on this route, combine various-sized pattern in a cohesive colourway to reign in the crazy and maintain some unity.
Image source: John Lewis featuring Villa Nova Teeny Santorini Wallpaper
CUSHIONS & THROWS
Amour Stella Canopy in Gold Stella / Night Blue by Nobodinoz
Llooking for a quick and easy way to incorporate texture, colour and interest to a design scheme? Look no further than cushions and throws. And, whilst daily bed-making can feel laborious (especially with additional decorative pillows to plump), it’s always worth the effort in the end.
For a full cushion edit, see my post here.
Image source: Sarah Mailer Design. Storage need not be boring. Careful, thematic styling perfectly completes the look
From super cool beds to clever storage, children’s furniture should work with the scheme but also have the flexibility to grow with your little one.
When designing children’s bedrooms, I like to mix pieces, rather than relying on a single range. This stops the look feeling too generic and ‘shop bought’. Consider your statement pieces – a bed, perhaps – and identify which will fill the ‘best supporting’ role.
RUGSFabulous rugs at Kids Depot
A rug can do wonders. From disguising that less-than-ideal carpet to injecting life and character to a room. More often than not, this can be your hero-piece!
Choose something to complement the remaining scheme or as the catalyst for the design. Embrace bold prints for a big statement or choose a more subtle, textural piece to create depth. A relaxed sheepskin can be casually strewn, whilst a more formal rug can live partially underneath the bed or to one side. In a bedroom, it’s all about creating comfort underfoot.
LIGHTINGThis whimsical children’s bedroom by Circu features both task and ambient lighting
As discussed in my previous post on designing children’s bedrooms, lighting is central to the success of the final outcome. Often overlooked, it can totally transform your interior space. To avoid other close-calls, have a read of my 3 Common Interior Design Mistakes and How to Avoid Them post.
From a statement pendant to industrial desk lamp, there are some amazing options to explore when designing children’s bedrooms.
KIDS’ ACCESSORIESWhimsical styling at Sarah Mailer Design
In my previous post on children’s bedroom design, I talked of the significance of styling. The careful placement of some choice objects can really work wonders. Select thematically or within a defined palette – from books and baskets to artwork and accessories. Have a play!
Groupings of three generally work effectively so vary the height for added interest. I am also an advocate for that one significant piece – ‘the showstopper’. Ideally, this is something with an unusual shape that is perfectly placed to fill a void.
DESIGNING CHILDREN’S BEDROOMS: HAVE FUN!
It can be all too easy to send yourself into a panic over interior design but the key is to enjoy the process. After all, it really is a process and you are creating something that will (hopefully) grow with your child and evolve over time.
I hope that this post has offered some useful insight and guidance towards realising that dream space. I would love to hear your thoughts on my edit – hopefully there was something for everyone!
Girl signing off,