Samuel and Caitlin Dowe-Sandes paved their daughter’s room at their house in Marrakech in starburst floor tiles by their firm, Popham Design. The iron bed is a flea-market find. The light fixture is by Claire Norcross for Luminosity.
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Taken from the July 2012 issue of House & Garden. Additional text: Fiona MacLeod. Locations editor: Liz Elliot.
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A dresser with mismatched drawers provides a fun storage solution in this boy’s bedroom, where grey walls provide a neutral backdrop for unusual design details. A ‘Love’ rug by Paul Smith, hanging model airplane and car print on the wall also add interest.
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‘This flat is really all about the windows,’ designer and owner Gytha explains. ‘It’s our one architectural feature, so I wanted them to really sing for their supper.’
Taken from the November 2010 issue of House & Garden. Additional text: Hatta Byng.
Bobo Kids is a one stop shop for the very coolest childrens’ furniture and accessories. Combine fun modern furniture with a vintage style blackboard, some cute prints, bunting and bed linen and you have a child’s bedroom that any self-respecting adult would be very envious of.
Some pop art prints and original ideas (the French scrawl on the bookshelf) ensure this purple girl’s bedroom is fun, but still ever so stylish.
A twin attic bedroom has cosy bedding in Emma Burns’ former stables that she has converted into a weekend retreat. She has put into practice the principles that now guide her professional work as a designer at Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler.
Maria Speake of Retrouvius relaid the ‘slightly unimaginative’ oak flooring of this home to transform the basement into a cheerful playroom for the kids. The mix of mid-century influences with bright colour is proof that grown-up tastes can still be child friendly.
Kids’ rooms are meant to be fun, so don’t be afraid to use materials like paper, cardboard (and even a disco ball!) to lend a cheeful, party mood. A sturdy bunk bed anchors the room to still keep the look luxe.
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An elegant iron daybed provides a spot for reading in the day as well as a place to sleep at night. The colourful, characterful textiles and soft toys hung from the bed and walls keep it young and fun.
Curtains in ‘Kinta’ from Clarence House add colour to this child’s bedroom by Todhunter Earle.
The refurbishment of this central London townhouse was a case of sisters doing it for themselves; interior designer Amanda Baring’s sister is the owner. A painting of a party dress hangs in a frame (see how to do your own version here) while curtains made from ‘Les Chiens’ cotton from Clarence House add a playful note to the bedroom, which mixes an array of print and pattern.
All-white wall panelling and a painted white floor create the perfect fresh-feeling backdrop to nautical themed furniture and accessories.
Inspired by the Matisse exhibition at the Tate Modern, House & Garden’s decoration editor Gabby Deeming created bespoke wall coverings that pay homage to the joie de vivre of the artist’s paper-cuts with the help of the design team at de Gournay. Matisse himself hung many of the works on the walls of his own Paris apartment. Positioning each leaf individually allows you to create a wall design that complements your furniture.
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Spark your child’s imagination as they rest their weary heads with a fun ceiling hanging. Why not even create it yourselves? Simply invest in some colourful material, heavy thread and fabric paint and let your creativity run riot.
When it comes to bunk beds for kids, three words: versatility, versatility, versatility. This stylish bed works as a traditional bunk, or easily separates into a loft bed with a twin bed underneath (or an ‘I shaped’ bunk bed) – perfect for awkward or small spaces.
Four-poster beds with pale pink bedding and ‘Mistletoe’ muslin create the perfect country bedroom. Being well-versed in decorating country homes, Fiona Shelburne knew she wanted to turn this Hampshire house into a family-orientated home. She used an English country-house style with a contemporary twist to create a cosy family space. The twin four-poster beds follow this traditional style while adding height to the room. The ‘Mistletoe’ muslin from Simon Playle adds light and playfulness to the space; the curtains are in ‘Delphos Aqua’ from Jane Churchill.
Cameron Short and his family live in a restored Georgian house in Dorset. The end the bed in his children’s room is full of teddies and toys. Pretty antique dresses hung up on a line are a witty alternative to bunting.
This design scheme couldn’t be simpler; the cream and red colour scheme just works.
When else in your life can you have a bed that looks like a boat? So indulge your child’s fantasies with a themed room; chic pale blue walls with red and white accessories keep this nautical room uniformed and smart without being garish or twee.
A chic mix of wide striped walls, harlequin and stripe bedding and a spotty rug in soft metallic and pastel hues. The pop of stronger aqua lifts the whole scheme.
Neither pink nor blue but somewhere in between, a soft lilac is a sophisticated choice for a kid’s room. A bespoke upholstered day bed, sheepskin rug and heavy silk curtains add a plush feel to the scheme.
Bedding for a kids’ room doesn’t have to be of the cartoon character variety. This star-motif bedding is sweetly simple.
A dramatic use of pattern teamed with modern furniture creates a playful yet sophisticated effect in this Notting Hill town house by Suzy Hoodless. The mixologist designer is known for her mild eclecticism and smart monochrome backgrounds. ‘My aim,’ she says, ‘is that when I hand over a house, it is an extension of its owners’ personalities, and with this project we achieved that.’
Coloured lights are always a cute addition to a kids’ room. This display of ball lights strung around a set of white painted ladders is the perfect way to illuminate a corner and create a stylish feature at the same time.
A simple white and wood scheme given character with a few colourful accessories, books and toys is an effortlessly chic child’s room scheme that is timeless too.
Turn tricky spaces to your advantage. This room cleverly makes use of the sloped alcove by turning it into a customised wardrobe. Tom Russell for 1st-location.com
Design rules are made to be broken in a kids’ room. But if you stick to one, we advise you work with your space’s natural architecture and not against it. This room? Nails it.
Architect Francesca Oggioni had to set aside her rationalist principles when she was planning a new layout for her listed house in west London, so it would work as a family home, workspace and backdrop for an extensive art collection. What do you do if your aesthetic is Italian modernist but you have just purchased a six-floor Grade II-listed Victorian town house in west London? This was the dilemma that faced Italian architect and interior designer Francesca Oggioni six years ago when she purchased her home with her Belgian husband, a hedge-fund manager, photographer and art collector.
Stuffed animal heads and a roaring ‘fireplace’ add a touch of playfulness to this chic kid’s bedroom.
Children’s rooms (and kitchens) are the perfect place for a splash of chalkboard paint. Add tactile materials and bursts of colour to keep it cosy.
This sweet nursery desk is a great addition to a child’s bedroom. In this instance, when paired with wooden floors and a chartreuse wall, the scheme appears themed in a subtely stylish way.
Instead of painting the walls, keep them white and paint (or wallpaper) the ceiling instead.
This bedroom in the Florescu’s house belongs to Lizzie and Ion’s son Leopold. Pattern – and therefore fun – is injected through the blind, made of Jane Churchill’s ‘Deverell Stripe’. This room is full of personal touches, for example, the model of a Cadogan Square house was made by Leopold himself.
Anne-Marie Midy inherited this house in the south of France and has since lovingly restored it to refresh the interiors without losing the charm of the space. Decoratively, her touch was light.
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Bright pops of colour are a simple, stylish choice for a kids’ room and works well against plain white walls. Make it modern by using accent colours not just on cushions, but beds, furniture and even the window shutters.
Taken from the November 2012 issue of House & Garden. Additional text: Lisa Freedman.
A bespoke bed can add so much character to a room. This clever design begins as a cot but can become a small bed. Make it the star attraction with a feature mirror hung above it, bold bedding and a frame of twinkling fairy lights.
A single day bed with space for under-bed storage leaves the rest of the room clear, so it’s not just a room to sleep in but play in too.
In this London house designed by Suzy Hoodless, the children’s rooms were kept graphic and simple; Suzy hates ‘cute’ decoration that they will quickly grow out of – she has used a Børge Mogensen cabinet as a changing table in her own home. So the only concession she made to the children’s ages was bright primary colour. In one of the rooms a custom-designed mural has been painted on the wardrobe door.
Wall stickers are a great way to add a little personality to a child’s bedroom; they are also by no means permanent so once your child outgrows this charming woodland tea party theme it’s easy and inexpensive to make changes, without damaging walls.
Anne-Marie Midy and her husband own the Mexican furniture company Casamidy.
This family home in Notting Hill was the work of Maria Speake, who along with husband Adam owns reclamation company Retrouvius. The children’s bedroom is decorated in Maria’s playful style, with bright green carpets, bold patterns and fun birch-ply shelving. The curtain fabric is by Svenskt Tenn.
A pink-and-white striped floor, paired with a painted mural above the chimneypiece (see more of our favourite murals), adds geometric patterns and strong colours to create a fun scheme in this bedroom. The mural adds personality and warmth, as does the neon-yellow side table from Muuto.
The Nordic countries know how to nail stylish design that’s also kid friendly. Case in point? This adorable baby mobile from Danish company Ferm Living. It’s perfect when paired with traditionally Scandinavian blonde wood, but equally looks great with any baby room scheme. Scandi-licious!
Blue and white is an interiors match made in heaven. Keep it modern with lots of whimsical touches – faux taxidermy and rabbit nightlights, anyone?
A traditional baby room gets a modern update thanks to some stylish lighting, an exotic umbrella and a gorgeous globe that illuminates.
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Originally, Claire intended to do the decoration of the house herself. ‘Rather naively, I thought it would be enjoyable. To begin, I went to a Graham & Green warehouse sale somewhere on the A40. It was a complete bun fight and I felt totally overwhelmed. I came back with one armchair that now lives in the playroom and said to Dom, “We are going to need help.”‘
We think this bedroom could only be found in a British home. The mass of cuddly toys, the traditional pictures, the combination of ornaments – it has a charming eccentricity about it that is so in keeping with British style.
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A play tent, bunting and old-school rocking horse lend this cute kids’ room a fun vintage vibe, while the wall shelves add some stylish storage.
This kid’s room features a Hans J Wegner bed, which sets the tone for Danish simplicity in this white space. Simple, modern furniture complements the bright and airy feel of the scheme, while mustard curtains and a framed print on the wall add colour and interest.
Inspired by the original decor in the 1970s Paris building where he lives with his family, French architect and designer Thierry Lemaire sheathed the walls and ceiling of his teenage son’s bedroom in black-and-white wallpaper that evokes Pop and Op Art. A black lacquered headboard, a punching bag suspended from the ceiling, vertical shades, and overhead track lighting complete the bachelor-pad vibe.
In the kids’ bedroom of Joanna Vestey’s Oxfordshire farmhouse, a chestnut chaise longue adds sophistication to the room. Playful touches include the large teddy bear and the colourful ‘LOVE’ handmade wool wallhanging by Paul Smith for The Rug Company.
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Relocating to Oxford after 15 years in Japan and Hong Kong, the owners of this Victorian house put together a team of experts to create a mostly open-plan layout, full of intriguing design details. The spare children’s room on the third floor has specially made built-in bunks.
In the daughter’s bedroom of a west London house, the ceiling has been painted to look like a circus tent, using Farrow & Ball’s ‘Rectory Red’ and Paint and Paper Library’s ‘Slate I’. The addition of a large basement extension to the house has freed up space on the upper floors for bright and capacious rooms, and a more fluid layout, ideal for family living.
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In one of the children’s rooms of this home designed by David Bentheim, the bed is set into an alcove, which is studded with LED lights to resemble stars.
Small rooms require savvy storage solutions, so here Ursula Wesselingh of Room to Bloom has avoided free-standing furniture and made use of the alcoves. The bed, drawers and shelves are painted in Farrow & Ball’s ‘Breakfast Room Green’ to unify the scheme.
The space might be compact but as a snug sleeping spot it has everything it needs and is given real style with some design-led textiles and accessories. To create the same effect as the walls, try horizontally panelled wall cladding.
Don’t be afraid to go a little OTT with a theme. Our top tip? Find brands that do them with panache – like this vroom-vroom room from Vertbaudet (pictured), or a cute car motif wallpaper from Marimekko. Talk about a dream machine.
Keep pastels from looking too cutesy by adding funky features, some pops of colour and a riot of print. This bedroom, from Danish design company Ferm Living, has it nailed.
The children’s bedrooms in Keith McNally’s Notting Hill home allow for storage and organisation – as well as charming touches – like this Toadstool lamp, £55 at White Rabbit England. The East Coast tongue-and-groove panelling and plaster walls aren’t restricted to the kids’ spaces, they’re a theme throughout all of the property (see how he achieved the aged look here).
Love Scandinavian style? The combination of crisp whites and cheery colours lends itself well to a kids’ room. Start with white-washed floors and furnishings, then add bright pops of colour with cushions and bedding. Don’t forget quirky-yet-fun accents, like this hanging bird mobile.
Have a small space? This kids’ room designed by Eve Mercier packs a lot of punch. Housed in a petite family home (a former artist’s studio in Chelsea), this multi-purpose room includes a loft bed, two wall-mounted benches that transform into beds (bed-linen is concealed below), and a third, drawer bed (pictured here) which slides out when needed.
Taken from the December 2013 issue of House & Garden. Additional text: Lisa Freedman.
The founders of the tile firm Popham Design embraced pattern and playful color in their Marrakech house, especially in their five-year-old daughter’s room. The vintage chair is by Eero Aarnio and a pendant light is by Claire Norcross. The feather headdress is from Cameroon and the floor tiles are Popham Design’s Hex Knot.
This children’s bedroom is in an airy attic space. The gable wall has been papered in Sandberg’s delicate ‘Mika’ wallpaper, highlighting the architectural shape of the apex. The wooden floorboards have been painted in a practical, wipe-clean gloss paint. A calico teepee is a fun den – for something similar try Hobbycraft.
Colour and pattern both enliven and define this family home. The graphic red and white Vivienne Westwood wallpaper in the nursery is far more diverting than any mobile. ‘Small children seem absolutely riveted by it,’ says the home’s owner, interior designer Bunny Turner of Turner Pocock.
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Kids love loft beds. They’re also a practical option if you’re tight on space, allowing for storage underneath or, like here, a cosy spot for reading or homework.
In a cosy London mews house owned by designer Caroline Riddell, open-plan living is made cosy with warm touches to this family home and office.
The design of this boys’ room was dictated by the original chimneypiece in their Brussels home. The leather headboards are designed by their father Jorge, who runs design company Casamidy with his wife Anne-Marie Midy.
For an eclectic look, mix a modern, graphic paint scheme with traditional furnishings.
By keeping furnishings neutral, there’s plenty of scope to play with pattern and colour, as well as display a collection of treasured objects. Marcus Peel for 1st-option.com
Soft pinks and warm pine are a traditional but winning combination for a little girl’s room. We love the assortment of knick-nacks on the walls and the traditional toy chest, too.
Bespoke storage with a fun twist, like these clever wall mounted boxes, can add character but also provide essential storage for toys and books. We like the contrasting pop of orange inside which is picked up on by the cushions and lamp too.
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This children’s bedroom in a Sussex newbuild belonging to architect Ptolemy Dean is nestled towards the top of the house. The cosy sloping walls are covered in painted wood panelling and decorated with a few choice framed prints. The look is finished with witty touches – a dart board and flags from around the world hung like bunting.
The new kids’ collection for Zara Home is giving us some serious interiors inspiration. Not only do we love the dinosaur print bedding and sweet accessories but the sophisticated muted hues make a nice change from the primary colours seen in many of the high street ranges.
Taken from the April 2013 issue of House & Garden. Additional text: Caroline Clifton-Mogg. Locations editor: Liz Elliot.
Even the tiniest space can be given a child-friendly style overhaul with a little help from a colourful blind, bedding and light fixture.
The twin beds in one of the children’s rooms of Harriet Logan and Mark Faulkner’s home are the ‘Mini’, by Zanotta. Interior designer Andrew Fossey and Chris Dyson Architects were behind the renovation of the Georgian property in Spitalfields in London’s East End. Harriet and Mark are the co-founders of Woop Studios, which designs and sells limited-edition prints via an online gallery.
Modern baby cribs aren’t an oxymoron – there’s a slew of versions out there, from affordable (try Ikea) to more luxurious brands like Oeuf, which retail for about £400 upwards.
Kids love to climb up into a raised bed but this option will also create extra storage space underneath or, as in this case, a little play area, decorated here with a highly textured rug and sweet wallsticker.
We often think bold and bright when we think of kids’ bedrooms but softer hues can be calming. Pick three tonal hues like the blue, green and cream here and carry them through from wall paints to furniture and accessories.
An attic conversion is the perfect place for a kids’ bedroom. Children will love feeling like they have their own little den under the eaves and with clever, chuck-everything-in storage solutions, there’ll be plenty of space.
A contemporary blue wall paint, loud print bedding and some favourite records hung on the walls: it doesn’t take much to create a cool bedroom for a young teenager. You can throw the bike in too if you’re feeling generous!
With a Damien Hirst artwork and a vintage chandelier, this little girl’s room in Bayswater designed by Fiona Parke of Johnston Parke Interiors is certainly at the fancier end of the spectrum. The bed is upholstered in Abbott & Boyd linen and has two drawers for storing toys.
If there are two failsafe options for decorating a kid’s room, it’s bright colour and fun furnishings. For the former, Farrow & Ball’s modern emulsion is a hardwearing, eco-friendly option which is safe for walls and toys. For the latter, a (firmly-secured) hanging chair is the height – pardon the pun – of childhood chic. This one is the ‘Marrakech Swing’ chair, £200 at Urban Outfitters.
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The beds in the children’s room at thisNantucket home are by Flou, and the Dakota Jackson lounge chair and ottoman are upholstered in a Holland & Sherry linen.
Don’t be fearful of being a little abstract in a kid’s room. We love this quirky combination of bedding, bedside tables, low hung light and empty picture frames on the wall.
While it’s wonderful to go buck wild with the decoration of a child’s room, sometimes a subtle approach, like that taken in this charming nursery by Emma Burns of Colefax & Fowler, can save time and money – especially if the baby is likely to graduate to a bigger room later on.
Heidi Lightfoot and Steve Gibbons own this modern, colourful Thirties house in rural Hertfordshire. Built in 1936 by the renowned public sector architect Mary Medd, Sewell’s Orchard was apparently unpopular with the locals at the time, who likened its monopitch roof and pared-back design to that of a canning factory. This is not a view shared by Heidi Lightfoot and Steve Gibbons, however, who have lived in and loved the daring modernist property for the past few years.
Taken from the April 2012 issue of House & Garden. Additional text: Teresa Levonian Cole. Locations editor: Lavinia Bolton.
This sweet daybed, with its heavenly canopy and pretty metallic wall stickers, makes for the perfect girls’ bedroom retreat for reading, napping or simply daydreaming. Dusty lilac walls and the lack of clutter also has a calming effect.
Steal this girls’ bedroom idea by combining chic wallpaper, oh-so now neon and a cosy faux fur rug.
Kids’ rooms are one of the places in the house you really can go all out with colour, so opt for rainbow brights and bold patterns; children will love these colourful customised shutters.
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Taken from the January 2009 issue of House & Garden. Additional text: Olinda Adeane.
Add some personality to a child’s bedroom with some thoughtful, unusual touches. Display particularly adorable clothes on quality hangers, add some neon polka dot wallpaper and a pidgeon cushion or two… Why not?
A little personalisation can be a sweet touch, and we love this cream and red piped name headboard. The rest of the room is kept simple with classic white furniture and timeless checked bedding.
One for vintage lovers, the funky ‘F’ hanging above the beds keeps this girly kids’ bedroom looking cutely kitsch instead of OTT.
If you’re lucky enough to have a spare bedroom or un-tapped attic space, turn it into a playroom. Anne-Marie Midy and Jorge Almada – French and Mexican respectively – have done this in their Brussels family home, which they share with their two sons, Antoine and Olivier. The couple design modern furniture and accessories that are made using traditional techniques by craftsman in Mexico for sale through their design company Casamidy. We love how the couple isn’t afraid to use a magenta hue on the shelves in a space designed for boys.
In this kid’s bedroom, a built-in cupboard bed is cosy, pretty and space-saving, making it perfect for children.
Keep a large little person’s room feeling cosy by surrounding the bed with a funky curtain. Perfect for shared kids’ rooms too.
Two’s company? This shared girls’ room might be matchy-matchy, but still has plenty of personality thanks to the quirky accessories: vintage dolls, a random deer and star-shaped ‘love’ lights.
This bedroom belongs to Vanessa and James Macdonald’s son, Rupert, at their family home in the rolling hills of Oxfordshire. The red gingham of the headboard and armchair compliments the patterned red and white curtains. Soft neutral colours in the carpet and on the walls allows the red to pleasantly pop rather than overwhelm the room.
A shining example of how to do ‘kids’ room coastal’. Classic by the sea style is still used: the wall panneling, touches of white and wicker baskets, but the addition of turquoise and the unique painted furniture give it a younger, fun feel.
Taken from the July 2009 issue of House & Garden. Additional text: Trine Miller.
In this stylish children’s bedroom designed by Henri Fitzwilliam-Lay, a fixed and shaped box pelmet with curtains in a pale blue fabric is a smart choice as it will not be quickly outgrown when the children become teenagers. The overall effect is modern and elegant.
Blogger Rachel Denbow’s kids’ room is proof that you don’t need matching beds or bedding in a shared room. An eclectic mix of furniture (particularly when as eye-catching as this large display board) can be equally as stylish.
We don’t need to tell you that kids come with a lot of stuff, so a bespoke bed with built in storage can be a great solution in a small room.
We love Paris in the spring time. And for a kids’ room theme. The best part about this girls’ room (though it could easily be adapted for a boy)? The Eiffel Tower height chart, naturellement.
An industrial-inspired decor of stripped back brick walls, utilitarian style furniture and a grey colour scheme is given a kids’ room appropriate update with the addition of bold colour and fun accessories and artwork.
A custom-made window treatment hangs above a headboard designed by Lisa Fine, the bedding is by Leontine Linens, the lacquer bedside tables are by Bungalow 5 and the striped carpet is by Paul H. Lee Carpets & Rugs.
Planes, trains and automobiles: the duvet covers, wall stickers and underbed boxes all draw on this theme. Good storage ensures the room is kept tidy but a simple chalk/pin board allows for a little creativity and a place to display treasured possessions.
In this country house in Norfolk with interiors designed by Veere Grenney, the Tudor wing is a glorious honeycomb of rooms for the youngest members of the family, where there are enough small beds for the most riotous of sleepovers. Four-poster beds, working fireplaces and generous armchairs make them gloriously comfortable, but the light colour palette, the brightly coloured modern rugs and the carefully chosen pictures and objects dispel any notion of stuffiness. Yellow is a great colour choice for childrens rooms: it’s bright, playful and most importantly gender neutral.
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Muted pastels are perfect for a baby’s room. Keep the theme going with a retro-inspired crib, and vintage glass bottle vase, adding a modern touch with whimsical wall stickers.
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Wall: ‘Stiffkey Blue’, ‘Lulworth Blue’, ‘Red Earth’ and ‘Mouse’s Back’, £39.50 for 2.5L water-based modern emulsion. Ceiling: ‘Wimborne White’, £36 for 2.5L estate emulsion. Cupboard: ‘Wimborne White’, £20 for 750ml estate eggshell. Woodwork: ‘Wimborne White’, £20 for 750ml estate eggshell. Floor: ‘Pavillion Gray’, £22 for 750ml floor paint. All at Farrow & Ball.
Pine bunk beds at Soho Farmhouse with plenty of cushions make for a cosy and relaxed bedroom space. Bedding is neutral to prevent the space from becoming a gaudy cabin. This is a perfect decoration scheme for a kid’s room at a vacation home.
Crete a truly multi-purpose room that will keep the kids entertained for hours. Our favourite part? The bright yellow painted floor and matching lampshades – because a room like this should be colourful and fun.
Squeezing two beds into a small space? Make a feature of it by delineating the space with a large rug and feature wall. This clever chalk board allows the kids to get creative too.
In a Manhattan apartment designed by Steven Gambrel, a boys’ room features monogrammed headboards by Leontine Linens. The wallpaper is by Phillip Jeffries, the carpet is by Stark, and the trim is painted in Pratt&Lambert’s Garnet.
We love that there are so many things that catch the eye in this room, from pirate ships and bunting to hot air ballons, fun prints, a stuffed octopus and paisley cushions. It’s just what’s needed to spark a child’s imagination.
At her Lake Forest, Illinois, home, designer Megan Winters swathed the walls of a bedroom for her niece in a zebra-print wallpaper by Brunschwig & Fils. The bed and ceiling light are vintage, the linens are by Frette and the ottoman is by Oly.
Designer Henri Fitzwilliam-Lay, the owner of this Victorian country house in Shropshire, has enhanced the interiors of this grand property with her signature mid-century aesthetic without compromising original features. The daughter’s room features striking striped wallpaper by The Art of Wallpaper and contains lots of bright, clashing patterns. This fun scheme makes for a lively space.
We don’t need to tell you how quickly your children grow up, so thinking ahead with a room scheme will avoid continuous decorating overhauls. A simple scheme with easily removable touches, like this fantastic race track wallsticker mean the bedroom can easily grow with your child.
A bespoke storage unit with a sweetly labelled mix of coloured, canvas and patterned boxes like this might just encourage your kids to put away their toys. Unlikely. But it looks great.
Creating a cosy play area in the corner of the room is easy. All that’s needed is a heavy pile rug and plenty of cushions – we love the mix of neutrals and brights here. The modular shelving and lighting further delineate the area from the rest of the room.
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A black and white colour scheme isn’t usually associated with kids’ rooms, but a monochrome palette works very well when accessorised with bright hues in green or red.
Believe it or not this desk and stools are made entirely from cardboard. They’re the perfect fun, modern addition to a minimalist Scandi-style scheme.
There is a time in every girl’s life where there’s no harm in being a little OTT. Bright pink French-style furniture, upholstered button-back bed, feathers, sheep-skin, chandeliers… Pourquoi pas for the little princess?!
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Taken from the May 2009 issue of House & Garden. Additional text: Hatta Byng.
In this children’s bedroom in Paris – its elegance quite unlike any other child’s bedroom – the walls are adorned with painted medallions hanging on beaded strings. Each medallion contains a motif, a religious icon or mythical creature, which ‘watch over’ the children as they sleep. The medallions are by Jorge Estevez – who claims he is a decorator, and not an artist.
Designer Hugh Leslie has not only created a simply chic scheme of primary colours and graphic prints, but a cosy wrap around headboard ensures there’ll be no danger of little ones going bump in the night.
A mix of muted pastels creates a soothing space for a kids’ room. Here, it’s cleverly done by incorporating paint on the trim and doors, with coloured bedframes and white sheets. Sweet dreams…
Lettering on the wall and a stellar light fixture give a more youthful feel to this stylish bedroom in designer Sarah Stewart-Smith’s Herefordshire family home. The small space is made to feel bigger with a curtain separating the cosy bed area from a seating area with a desk, with the grey colour scheme continued throughout.
‘The key with toys is to design somewhere for them to go,’ says interior designer Bunny Turner of Turner Pocock. The green ottoman at the foot of the bed in this room doubles as fancy dress storage and a vault for gymnastics.
The key to modern kids’ bedrooms is to mix quality design (that any adult would envy) with kid-friendly touches: think bright colours and toys within easy reach.
Taking on the conversion of a disused chapel in Somerset, artist Jonathan Delafield Cook, illustrator Laura Stoddart and their two children (11 and 13 years old) have made the smooth transition from incomers to long-term residents. In this bedroom a simple storage wall has been filled with coloured boxes that match the rainbow pom poms at the window. A sweet mid-century desk for home work sits in front of the window.
Taken from the December 2013 issue of House & Garden. Additional text: Lisa Freedman and Emily Tobin. Locations editor: Liz Elliot.
The pink ceiling and red bed are pretty, playful additions to this childs’ bedroom in a Notting Hill villa designed by Amanda Hornby.
Harlequin print wallpaper, heart print bedding and a bold red, pink and cream colour scheme. We’re completely won over by H&M’s new kids’ homeware range.
A bed made from wooden pallets and linen bedlinen creates a stylish sleeping quarter, while the bird print blind and bat print add character to this pared back bedroom scheme.
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Avast, ye landlubbers! (We love any excuse for pirate speak.) What kid wouldn’t love this pirate-inspired room, with its storytelling wall sticker and stars-and-stripes theme? However, when the pirate phase wanes, all these accessories can be removed to leave a smart navy bunk bed and wardrobe within a neutral scheme.
Originally Rita’s room before the expansion of her London flat, this single spare bedroom would make a wonderful kid’s room thanks to its unique and quirky design. The curtains are in ‘Broadcloth’ felt from Hainsworth and the walls are lined in Tyler Hall’s ‘First Bloom’ wallpaper from Tissus d’Hélène, with a Guatemalan tapestry that Phil brought back from his travels.
This child’s bedroom is a small space. The limited space is used effectively, with storage built into the bed (find similar from Ikea) and a chest of drawers fitted into an alcove.
Taken from the December 2011 issue of House & Garden. Additional text: Hatta Byng.
This girls’ room is a joyful mix of pattern and print. We love the use of matching wallpaper in different hues.
What better way to encourage a child to love the outdoors than to bring the outdoors in with a fresher-than-fresh white and floral scheme and pretty pot plant wallstickers?
In this small Mayfair flat, space has been maximised with three beds for children in one room. With its built-in books, the room feels like a sailing boat cabin. Upholstered headboards and a Georgian mahogany chest add homely touches.
This cool-toned colour scheme is the perfect neutral for cool kids who want a stylish bedroom. The genderless mint shade adds to the bright feel of the room, which is flooded with natural light. With sophisticated parquet floors and cosy armchair means minimal work is needed to turn this into a welcoming guest bedroom.
Relocating to Oxford after 15 years in Japan and Hong Kong, the owners of this modern Victorian house put together a team of experts to create a mostly open-plan layout full of intriguing design details to capture the imagination.
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This Parisian loft features ‘Floating Armchair’ by David Hodkinson for Red Edition in the centre of the playroom. The design makes good use of the small space with playful hanging components on the wall, a blackboard that is both useful and decorative and a snug day bed tucked under the eaves. White walls welcome natural light into the small bedroom, which is important in a loft conversion. The clean, white wooden floors give the room a more spacious feel, in keeping with the clean lines of the Scandinavian-style armchair.
Designers Cécile Figuette and Frédéric Bonnin of French brand Minakani Lab create wallpaper and panoramas that are larger-than-life, with motifs that repeat randomly and compositions that are light and airy. Printed in Paris, the wallpaper is printed to the client’s wall dimensions and some can be adapted to your own colour scheme. ‘The Wild’ (pictured here) is inspired by Douanier Rousseau and illustrated by hand in black and white. The entire wall decor is priced at €900, or is available in three parts for €300 each.
In this kids’ bedroom, the white walls, ceiling, carpet and bedding are brought to life with patterned blinds, headboards and a colourful rug. All of the patterns are different, introducing an element of fun to the minimal room. It is the perfect design for a children’s bedroom in a holiday home.
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The children’s bedroom at the Playa Grande Beach Club is furnished with twin canopy beds dressed in a playful mix of pretty, sophisticated fabrics. The bed canopies are an easy bit of decorative DIY to recreate at home – simply wire a length of fabric to the ceiling of the room. Vintage leather trunks at the foot of the bed are the perfect place for chucking toys at the end of the day.
The owners of this Somerset country house had not anticipated taking on such a large project, but their careful renovation enhanced by modern decorative touches has resulted in a smart, yet comfortable, forever home. This kid’s bedroom has floral wallpaper, a pastel palette and a simple white bed frame, allowing mixed patterns to work well together. The grey and cream rug is ‘Cora’ from The Rug Company. The scheme is elegant yet far from dull.
Bold primary colours add instant cheer but it’s the walls: a combination of a bright yellow paint and a fun wallpaper, and the textiles: the stars and the world map rug that we really love.
Vincent Frey is the grandson of the eponymous Pierre Frey founder (and the current deputy manager of the French fabric and furnishing company). Vincent and his wife Bianca hired architect Marika Dru, an old school friend of Vincent’s, to work on their Parisian flat, although decided to decorate it – including son Vasco’s room – themselves. We love the mix of a grand painting with a quirky hanging basket.
This girls’ bedroom idea is straight from the 1920s – faded rose wallpaper, a quirky floral wall print and a twinkling chandelier.
The conversion of this Victorian terrace in west London was a collaborative effort between Thomas Croft Architects, John Cullen Lighting and designer Sarah Delaney. The brief for the kids’ rooms at the top of the house was to keep them light hearted and comfortable. Job done we’d say.
Gabby Deeming has created the atmosphere of a New England-style holiday home with painted wood furniture and faded stripes. The walls are in ‘Faded Damask’ by Mulberry Home, while the bespoke wooden headboard can be made to order by Fafio, and is painted (along with all the rest of the wood work) in ‘Sea Cliff’ eggshell from Sanderson. The bedding is from Romo, and the driftwood side table is Oka.
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The owners of this newbuild Bahamas beach house turned to trusted interior designer John McCall to provide their house with a British sensibility, practical furnishings and interiors that are not ‘too beachy’.
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In a bohemian Manhattan apartment, the daughters’ bedroom is furnished with IKEA beds, dressed in linens from Little Auggie, and a table-and-chairs set by Svan. Artwork by Mark Wilson hangs on the wall and the vintage yatak rug is from Turkey.
‘We loved the cool, pared-down style of a house belonging to a Swedish art collector, which we had seen in a magazine,’ says the owners of this west-London terrace home. Enter designer Hugh Leslie. The top floor of this west-London is devoted to the children, with the son’s room in off-white and the daughter’s in soft green, plus a bathroom on the half-landing. Hugh’s talent for joinery is evident here as well: tongue-and-groove recesses frame the children’s beds, with capacious cupboard space on either side.
A lime green and blue colour scheme and a collection of characters, including a line up of sweet stuffed toys and a friendly whale rug, bring this room to life. This corner provides a perfect play spot with some smart storage boxes for kids to dig in and out of.
‘Classic Poplar’ wood shutters, from California Shutters; painted in ‘Spring Breeze’, from Dulux
Nurture the art lover in your teen by decorating their bedroom walls with prints they’ve picked. If their room is already a technicolour dream, pick a portrait that incorporates as many of the colours as possible to tie the room together.
This sweet ‘paper planes’ bedding is just the thing for adding a youthful touch to an otherwise classic bedroom scheme.
This sweet attic bedroom, which belongs to designer and House & Garden contributor Ben Pentreath, can be found at the top of his gently restored Georgian country house. The cosiness of this room makes it a lovely kids’ bedroom. The twin beds sit nicely in the small space and the cream panelling brings light to the room.
Juggling the demands of a growing family and an interior-design business, Nicole Salvesen updated her south London house to increase the feeling of space with bright colours and more streamlined rooms. Bed quilts from Molly Mahon add colour in Nicole’s daughters’ bedroom.
There are four beds tucked into the eaves of this large dormitory-style children’s bedroom at Kate Earle’s chalet in the French Alps. Each bed has a curtain and a built-in chest so that the children have their own space and can store personal things. A skylight floods the attic room with natural light and bright colours throughout add continuity.
Floor-to-ceiling windows ensure this child’s bedroom in Gytha Nuttall’s south London home is flooded with natural light. The internal windows also emphasises a feeling of height, which is much-needed here – the structure of an office space in a former schoolhouse was adapted to create this ‘flat within a flat’.
We discovered Room to Bloom’s clever cupboard bed via The List – House & Garden’s new online directory (find out more here). The bed is an ideal solution for an awkward small space – in this case, a long, narrow room interrupted by a staircase. It is built around the stair, and has ample storage for toys and books thanks to under-bed drawers, a bookcase and internal shelving.
Pale pink chiffon curtains and Bambi print bedding and accessories will appeal to the girliest of little girls, but combining these with granite grey panelled walls ensures the scheme is not too sacharine for adult aesthetic sensibilities.
This playroom has a swing, a slide and a lime-wood treehouse bed by François Lamazerolles, available from The Conran Shop. Indoor treehouses are perfect for city homes without outdoor spaces.
The high street isn’t the first place that comes to mind for beautifully-designed kids’ furniture and accessories, but a recent visit to Zara Home by House & Garden’s decoration editor Gabby Deeming revealed an abundance of colourful, cheerful finds that are all well made. Stock up on bedding, as well as quilts and rugs.
Carve out a niche in your child’s bedroom… literally. This ‘cubby hole’ bed creates a cosy space in a large room thanks to the shelves and wall light. Marcus Peel for 1st-option.com
Behind the bed in this circus inspired room by William Yeoward, an Eighteenth-century hand-painted screen from Hollyhock sweetly compliments the bespoke tented cupboard from Clock House Furniture. The William Yeoward grey fruitwood, ‘Aberfoyle’, chest of drawers, ‘Bellingham’ bench, and grey mahogany bed are available at Designers Guild.
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Heidi Lightfoot and Steve Gibbons own this mid-century house, built in 1936 by the renowned public sector architect Mary Medd. Vintage Star Wars figures are displayed in one of the boys’ bedrooms, with the white backdrop making the colours of the furniture and accessories even more striking.
What child wouldn’t want their very own tree house in their bedroom? This cool creation also has useful storage drawers underneath.
After visiting her friend Kathryn Ireland in France’s Tarn region, Anne Halsey bought a French farmhouse retreat there and enlisted the help of the decorator to create a relaxed space perfect for entertaining. This twin bedroom is decorated with a pastel pink colour palette and features white gauzy canopies, which are often adored by children (particularly those who like princesses). The subtle scheme is ideal for young and teenage girls alike as this style is both fun and ‘grown-up’.
A wall to wall decal can bring a room to life. This safari scene comes in a whopping 34 colourways but we love the lime green and brown which is co-ordinated with similarly hued soft furnishings.
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Jamb director Henry Bickerton has revived a Victorian town house once strewn with pizza boxes with carefully chosen elements of English country-house style. In Henry’s son Archie’s bedroom, the striped wallpaper is from William Yeoward, adding a bright element of fun without compromising on the smart aesthetic of the house.
A pink floral bedroom makes an elegant scheme in this neoclassical pavilion Bradwell Lodge. It is aptly named the ‘Pink Room’. A bold Bernard Thorp ‘Brimble’ fabric has been used on the walls, bed and blind, adding character and playfulness. The curtain over the bed adds height, and gives the room a cosy den-like feel. Designed as a guest room, we think the ideas could easily be transferred to a child’s bedroom.
This sweet, galleried play area designed by Trine Miller, has the dual function of creating an adventurous play space, while also keeping toys contained and out of view. ‘The idea was that the gallery was very much their private space,’ says Trine, ‘rather like a tree house.’ Beneath, a small bathroom has been installed.
A vivid shade of blue forms a bright backdrop to a pair of oversized sneakers in this child’s room at a Christopher Howe-decorated house in Bray. The bobbin bench is a mid-nineteenth-century English piece.
You can’t beat large ottoman style storage boxes. Furnish with cushions and some hooks above and your little ones can tidy toys and get ready to head out in minutes. (We know, who are we kidding?!)
A gorgeous pale pink and grey colour scheme and the sweetest textiles. We’ll also be stealing the idea of the bird foot prints, which run across the floor and bed, up the wall and out the window: perfect for sparking a child’s imagination.
Go wild with an animal-themed room. The garland on the right is a simple DIY trick – just hang coloured string and use wooden clothes pegs to add cut-outs of creatures, fun photos and more.
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If you’re lucky enough to have an original fireplace in the room, make a feature (and storage solution) out of it by filling it with soft toys. We love how they look like they’ve tumbled down the chimney. Of course the feature wood wallpaper, pretty wall print and quirky accessories on the mantlepiece up the style factor too.
The canopy in this girl’s bedroom, designed by Studio Alidad, was intended to make it feel more ‘feminine and special’. The bespoke floral design on the headboard and silk fringe is repeated on the fabric wallcovering, while the ceiling and corona are hand-painted.
A Louis XV-style bed and bedside table, a luxurious sheepskin rug, pink and gold wallpaper and a pearl chandelier. If you’ve got a little princess on your hands, this plush scheme will go down a storm.
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Colourful crate style storage can act as a fun bookcase or toy store in a kids’ room, just ensure you affix them securely to the wall. Oh, and while we’re on the wall, the clever handpainted brick paint is pretty cool too.
We’ve already introduced you to Crème Anglaise’s incredible homemade furniture, but we suggest snapping up their unique cushions and pouffes too.
Prints on the wall in this bedroom at Guy Tobin’s London house include a cat by the Spanish artist Sam3, a cross-section of a tree trunk made up of tiny illustrations of animals, and a polar bear by Swedish artist Einar Hansen. The small chair is a Twenties plywood piece by E Gomme. Farrow & Ball’s ‘Parma Gray’ provides a bright backdrop to the prints (£43.50 for 2.5 litres of estate emulsion).
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As much as possible, owner Anne-Marie tried to match the wall colours to those that her grandmother had used, keeping the bedrooms the same subtle colours, but adding ‘ribbons’ of colour to outline the architecture and ‘dress the room’.
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Despite her classical aesthetic, Gytha has incorporated more modern touches in the flat. She opted against cornicing in favour of a cleaner finish and enhanced the New York loft effect by painting all the window frames dark brown.
In this boy’s bedroom, ‘Paradiset’ wallpaper from Svenskt Tenn offers a stimulating backdrop for an 18-month-old. Zig-zag bedding from Luckyboysunday and a cot from Oeuf create a modern mix.
This room is filled with simple styling ideas that make all the difference: a winning colour combination of grey and pink, a feature wall with a clever display rail, some choice bedding and a pretty chandelier. All together, they make up a gorgeous girls’ room.
Steal the style of this amazing kids’ room by combining rustic wood, monochrome accessories (all from H&M) and a brightly painted wall.
Is it a tree? Is it a bookshelf? All we know is this idea for a kids’ bedroom is incredibly clever. Get some paint and get crafting…
Houston we have a problem: we’ve fallen for this sweet space station-inspired kids’ room, complete with night sky blinds and futuristic furniture. So sweet.
‘The basement is the real triumph of the house – it doesn’t feel subterranean,’ says Claire Spencer-Churchill, who shares the house with her husband Dominic and their two children Martha, four, and Ivor, two.
Born in America, interior designer Henri Fitzwilliam-Lay started her working life in New York, cutting her visual teeth as a fashion stylist on Elle magazine, before becoming art director for some of Manhattan’s most celebrated retailers, including Bergdorf Goodman and Bloomingdale’s. Her stylist’s eye has remained one of her undoubted assets, giving her the confidence to compose sophisticated medleys of pattern, colour and texture. ‘In this house, we definitely went maximalist,’ she says. ‘We used layer upon layer.’ The wallpapers are ‘Clouds Sonic’ by Aimée Wilder and ‘Tile’ by Cole & Son, while the ‘Libra’ zodiac cushion is from Jonathan Adler.
Children’s rooms need to be much more multipurpose than their grownup counterparts. Set aside some space for homework and creative projects. Marcus Peel for 1st-option.com
The son’s bedroom in a Chelsea flat designed by Sophie Ashby has a cloud mural by Surface View – a copy of Constable’s Study of Cirrus Clouds. Velvet cushions and a spray-lacquered Danish desk from Ebay add to the blue theme, while the Zak + Fox fabric on the headboard provides a strong contrast. Animal motifs and a small workspace make this a perfect kid’s bedroom.
With a characteristic respect for the fabric of this eighteenth-century house in Bath, designer Patrick Williams has carefully transformed it into a welcoming home and B&B. A neutrally decorated playroom is filled with traditional toys, keeping with the immaculate restoration of this property without compromising on fun.
Interior designer Ursula of Room to Bloom recommends creating a workspace with a fold-down desk, as it gives more floor space for play and sleepovers. To further enhance the illusion of space and make the most of the room’s limited light, Ursula opted for a white, Scandinavian-inspired colour scheme, which was in keeping with the rest of the house.
The design of this room is in keeping with the rest of the house, in which all rooms are furnished with Scandinavian and mid-century pieces. Heidi and Steve were collecting these before they met. Pieces sourced from dealers and furniture fairs – and even found in skips – include classic Knoll, Eames, Ercol and Hans Wegner furniture with some contemporary pieces by Hay and Donna Wilson thrown in for good measure. Artwork, including vintage Carry On posters, a Lucienne Day silk mosaic and work by Pink Floyd designer Storm Thorgerson, hangs on the walls.
The attic of Kate Earl’s charming 1920s chalet in the French Alps is the children’s domain, and every bit as thought through and sophisticated as the rest of the house, yet fun. Up there is this tiny second bedroom, with one bed ingeniously built in under another, in an L-shape configuration under painted-pine ceilings.
Designer Jonathan Adler combined vivid colors and graphic patterns to create a playful yet tailored look in a child’s room in a Manhattan apartment; the gingham bed curtains and yellow highboy are vintage, the wallpaper is by Cary Leibowitz and the rug is by Adler.
Yellow striped walls add playful colour to a brown furnished twin bedroom perfect for children in a graceful, coastal country house. The twin beds have block-printed quilts from India.
Be bold with a Fireman Sam style red and yellow scheme. Contemporary fitted furniture makes the best use of the space, creating clever storage but also strong lines, giving it a modern geometric feel.
A sweet play area has been created in the home of Trine Miller by adding a mini gallery on top of a bathroom (click here to see the full room). The wallpaper is from Jane Churchill.
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We’ve fallen in love with the cute creature wall stickers in this room, but we couldn’t help but also notice the genius of the cot bed with built in storage.
A large scale mural can bring a child’s imagination to life and this animal alphabet print is the perfect backdrop to a corner play area, delineated with a selection of rugs and some cosy matching armchairs.
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Room dividers aren’t just for the big people. This sweet little house (with teeny-tiny window!) adds some stylish separation to a little person’s lair.
In the Westchester, New York, home of designer Katie Ridder and architect Peter Pennoyer, their daughter resides in a dreamy oasis infused with springtime colors.
Update white walls and furniture with some super-stylish focal points – a tree feature wall, table football set, a Union Jack rug… whatever takes your fancy.
Ok so you may not have the cool exposed brick work and plumbing and the parquet floors, but if you’ve got the space then this tent bed combined with some characterful bedding is pretty much you all need to add the wow factor to a kid’s room. It even comes in a range of colours.
“Think Pink!” as the old song from the Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire film Funny Face goes. Pair a pink themed girls’ room with sturdy woods and sheer fabrics for a kid-friendly look that’s still stylish.
Yellow bedding and a pink and brown “Boston Boujad” rug from Tigmi Tradingmake for a cheerful children’s room.
A loft bed cleverly allows plenty of room for a chest of drawers or two if space is at a premium, allowing you to get creative with colour and pattern.
Four poster beds for kids need not be over-the-top and frou frou. Keep bedding simple and drape flower garlands and fairy lights across the frame.
Budding explorer in the family? Replicate this ‘around the world’ scheme. Twin beds will ensure they can take a friend on their adventures too.
This kid’s room by member of The List Room to Bloom features subtle dusty purple and gold accents against a neutral colour palette (see our white room ideas and how to use white paint). This design shows how to create a child’s room that is both magical and quite ‘grown-up’, which means there will be no need for a complete redesign within a couple of years.
There are so many things about this room that we love: the matte grey painted floorboards, the assortment of rugs, the pretty bed canopy and sweet wall stickers and the soft but warm colour scheme. Whether you copy the whole scheme or just take one element, you’ve got guaranteed style.
Taken from the October 2011 issue of House & Garden. Additional text: Nicole Swengley.
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Chintz and gingham make up this charming room created by interior designer Edward Bulmer for his daughter, which has a window seat for reading and a miniature sofa.
Whether it’s dolls, crafts or trophies, proudly display your child’s most treasured possessions with hooks or shelving around the room’s perimeter. Marcus Peel for 1st-option.com
Taken from the October 2010 issue of House & Garden. Additional text: Jennifer Goulding.
A unique woodland inspired room with dark blue and wood panelled walls creates a cosy atmosphere.
Red and white is a match made in heaven for kids’ style. Go beyond gingham with geometric prints and pale pink hues thrown in the mix.
Pretty paisley patchwork is always a winner in a little girl’s room, but we also love this soft lilac colour scheme and the two tone wall.
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The twin kids’ bedroom in this architect’s minimal family home is decorated in crisp white with fun splashes of bright colour. Elegant cushions make for a cosy corner on the right, while the kid’s workspace features a rustic wooden stool.
This modern children’s room has a self-contained, two-level unit within to make the large, open-plan space feel comfortable. This feeling is further enhanced with pops of colour and pattern. The blue tiger rugs are by Moustache from en.smallable.com.
A pop-up play tent or tee-pee is an adorable – not to mention fun – addition to a kids’ room. Take this idea from kids’ wallpaper and fabric specialists Hibou Home and make your own with fabric and string.
Interior designer Suzy Hoodless worked with the owners of this west-London town house to create a glamorous effect, using mid-century pieces and dark colours with the occasional splash of brightness.
A traditional check wallpaper and Union Jack themed accessories make this a very patriotic scheme indeed.
In the daughter’s bedroom of a Hamptons retreat, the linens are by E. Braun & Co., the vintage lamps were found in San Francisco, the pouf is from John Derian and the wallpaper is by Osborne & Little; the walls and ceiling are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Dove Wing.
Taken from the October 2013 issue of House & Garden. Additional text: Dinah Hall. Locations editor: Liz Elliot.
A room fit for a princess doesn’t have to purely consist of soft pinks. We love the addition of a fiery orange wall and red, orange and purple rug; the clashing hues of which add character to the scheme.
Resisting the idea of moving or expanding into the basement, the owners of this London house from the 1850s gave architect Maria Speake of Retrouvius the go-ahead to make structural changes to give their family and business the space needed. This children’s bedrooms is flooded with light from both the window and skylight, with neat underbed storage to make the most of the awkward attic space.
This space can be used as a kids’ play area or as a bedroom. Its design, which includes a map rug and a striped feature wall, is both playful and stylish, making the room even more versatile.
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Travel is the theme of this child’s room in West London, where a wall mural of the world is complemented by a chaise longue upholstered in fabric printed with a map of New York.
In the boys’ bedroom of a colorful East Hampton home, bunk beds by Pottery Barn Kids are dressed in bedding by Sferra. The bright red, continental wallpaper is byRalph Lauren Home and the rug is by Dash & Albert. In a incredible contrast against the walls and rug, the ceiling is painted in Benjamin Moore’s American Cheese.
In a bedroom at fashion stylist Meredith Melling’s family retreat on Martha’s Vineyard, which was designed by Ariel Ashe and architect Reinaldo Leandro, the bunk beds and walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Fairy Tale Blue, the throws are from Pottery Barn Kids and the rug is Moroccan.
In the children’s room of Nori Starck’s Venetian apartment, tall, padded headboards emphasise the height of the ceiling with its painted beams.
This little girl’s room designed by member of The List Wickenden Hutley has a lovely calm palette of creams and whites. Elegant details such as the glass chandelier and the thick curtains are combined with classic toys such as a doll’s house and little car. The Lou Lou Ghost chairs, a miniature version of Phillipe Starck’s iconic Ghost design for Kartell, provide a very chic little drawing station.
Transforming this tiny attic room into a children’s room for two required some ingenuity. Enter Kate Earle of Todhunter Earle who designed these overlapping bunk beds as a clever space-saving solution.
We’d take silver over gold any day if it meant getting this sweet nursery. The soft colour is so serene but impactful design ideas like the ceiling stripes, navy wall and wall stickers give it real personality.
It pains us to admit, but sometimes even our eagle eyes can miss canny design buys. Case in point? The children’s selection at Designers Guild. A recent visit to their King’s Road flagship store revealed a treasure trove of delightful finds, like this ‘Little Owl’ rug (£195). Which only begs the question: what else are they hiding? Find them online at designersguild.com – where they have not only a UK shop, but US, Japan and Australia shops as well.
In the Paris apartment she shares with her partner and their children, French fashion designer Alix Thomsen arranged a collection of vintage and contemporary toys and superhero figures on the shelves above her son’s bed. A boldly striped fabric attached to the wall serves as the headboard.
The first-floor bedroom of architect Jonathan Tuckey’s seventeenth-century chalet holiday home in the Swiss Alps is ideal for children to share (Jonathan has two daughters), thanks to a pair of fifties rosewood beds from Modernistiks.
A jaunty nautical theme runs through a boy’s room in the Manhattan apartment of actress Jennifer Creel, which was designed by her sister, Suzanne Coleman Bancroft; the signal flags are vintage and the wallpaper features a lighthouse motif.
We’ve loved the grey and citrus colour combination for a long time but this more mellow yellow and grey scheme gives a softer feel to a child’s room. Combined with three perfectly placed prints and some stylish textiles, the whole look is uber chic.
Does your child have a favourite book or television character that you’re considering including in a design scheme? Bedding is the clever option as it doesn’t involve too much commitment (and we all now how fickle kids can be). We love the creative use of paint on the walls which works with the theme now but could also be adapted later.
If you’ve got the space, create a special workstation for homework, reading or painting. Built in storage keeps clutter cleared away, so you can indulge in some creative styling on the bookshelves.
Pastels are a classic choice for a baby’s room – make it modern with monochrome, graphic prints and gold accessories.
Create a sweet work station for reading or drawing with a small desk and chair and floor lamp. Upcycle a standard white MDF desk with some paint and wallstickers, or take the easier option and choose this one from online children’s store Vertbaudet.
Taken from the February 2009 issue of House & Garden. Additional text: Liz Elliot.
In a New York family’s townhouse near Gramercy Park, decorator Sheila Bridges painted a girl’s room in Farrow & Ball’s Breakfast Room Green. The bed and bookcase are by Pottery Barn Kids, and the rug is by Roubini Rugs.
David and Lizzie Currie discovered Lucy Ford, a decorator after their own hearts, who transformed their bland west London house into a stylish home to suit their family lifestyle. The cool kids’ bedroom features bespoke children’s beds and storage units by Alistair Robinson of FT2 Design, brought from the Currie’s previous minimalist and architect-designed house.
An eclectic mix of print and pattern makes this dolls’ house-like design scheme completely charming.
This kids’ room from H&M is a case for going a little (or a lot) out of the ordinary. Skulls, a neon letter ‘S’, and stuffed animal taxidermy elephant. AWESOME.
This chic attic conversion consists of soft neutrals and classic furniture that could easily be seen in the ‘grown-up’ bedrooms of the house. However the sweet matching wall art gives it a younger feel.
In this boys bedroom the floor has become a design feature. Blocks of wood were stained in a variety of colours before being laid in a parquet style. The result is rustic yet aesthetic, modern but not at all clinical. The union jack pillow on the bed is a witty reference to the owners’ time spent in the UK.
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In this boys’ bedroom, upholstered headboards add cosiness to the space.
When it came to designing this Chelsea home, Stephen Eicker most enjoyed working on this bedroom, belonging to the owner’s two sons, aged three and six. His starting point was the eldest’s obsession with trains, and this led him to the wallpaper by The New Yorker cartoonist Saul Steinberg, which he teamed with a turquoise carpet with red-and-white fabrics. Accessorised with vintage toy trains, the room is original and playful without being overdone or saccharine.
Day beds have a bit of a fusty image, but plenty of brands like Ikea (where this bed is from) have given them a modern makeover – complete with sleek storage. Suitably stylish bedding is a must.
Looking for furnishings for a kids’ room? Look no further than textiles designer Donna Wilson. Her bright colours, quirky creatures and handmade designs are not only kid-friendly, but stylish too. She’s designed this inspiring kids’ room for Wool House, part of the Campaign for Wool initative.
A young man’s room features a display of what he loves most, including a signed snowboard on the ceiling and a skateboard and guitar next to the bed.
Ta da! This sheer canopy (£10 at Ikea) instantly adds a bit of magic to a kids’ room.
Create a mini art gallery with wallpapered shelves and framed photos – perfect for displaying favourite (tiny) items.
We can’t resist a robot theme, particulary when the print is as charming as this. Ps. How about a matching wallpaper?
There’s no denying that it’s the wallpaper that makes this room. The pretty, ditzy print used to paper the whole room is combined with classic white furniture and a pale cream carpet to ensure the overall scheme is not too busy.
Taken from the March 2012 issue of House & Garden. Additional text: Ian Phillips.
Forget stars and stripes, it’s all stars and spots in Zara Home’s new kids’ range. Your little ones won’t be growing out of this fun black, white and red scheme anytime soon. In fact, we Kind of want it in our rooms.
Jorge Almada and Anne-Marie Midy, the husband-wife duo behind design company Casamidy, aren’t afraid to mix things up in their home. The boys’ bedroom features a mix of leather headboards, maps, vintage airplanes and Marimekko Unikko print cushions.
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The addition of a large basement extension to this Edwardian house with bright, modern interiors freed up space on the upper floors for bright and capacious rooms, and created a more fluid layout ideal for family living.
For the children’s bedroom in a turn-of-the-century summer house near Stockholm, a Swedish couple chose whimsical cowboy-themed wallpaper by designer Cath Kidston. The lamp is an Isamu Noguchi design.
With the chic buttoned headboard and plentiful layering of cosy textiles, we imagine the princess would never have noticed the pea in this bed.
Interior designer Samantha Todhunter created this girl’s room in a home in south London by combining a stunning bespoke bed, made like an extended button-back sofa, with a fabulous feature blind, prints and a zebra print rug. One word springs to mind: fun.
Four bunk beds line a wall of the kids’ room in this stone house in Luberon. The paired back design of the house is made playful here with polka-dot walls (and matching bed linen), colourful soft toys and a tiger rug.
Playful shapes – such as this bed frame in the shape of a house – are a modern take on the traditional four-poster bed. As the furniture is neutral, add charming pops of colour with the bedding and accessories.
A smattering of black stars shimmy across the walls and out the window in this modern kids’ room. It looks especially eye-catching painted on a brightly coloured backdrop. The idea also works well using animal footprints, which you can dot along the floor and over furniture.
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In this converted Cotswolds barn, interior designer Pippa Paton has combined modern design with natural materials to create a minimalist haven that maintains its rural identity. This bedroom, which is flooded with light at the top of the barn, is subtly decorated with children in mind. Plain white walls are accented with brightly coloured accessories and soft, comfortable low seating.
This pink scheme is given a grown-up touch with a toile de jouy feature wall and art work that is sophisticated but just girly enough, for those that want it so of course.
In Steffanie Brown’s 10-year-old daughter’s bedroom, interior decorator Henri Fitzwilliam-Lay has subdivided the walls for a sock-it-to-me impact, introducing a psychedelic cloudscape (‘Clouds Sonic’ by Aimée Wilder) above the picture rail and a restrained print below (‘Tile’ by Cole & Son). ‘She wanted a funky bedroom,’ says Henri. ‘I tried to give her what she was looking for, without doing something that would later drive you bonkers.’
The best part about decorating a kid’s room is how much fun you can have with accesssories. This characterful bear rug will immediately add charm to an otherwise simple scheme.
Taken from the December 2012 issue of House & Garden. Additional text: Emily Senior.
By opting for classic furniture and white walls as a base, this space and its contents will easily morph in to a spare bedroom with a change of bed. The vintage fabric used for the blind is from The Lacquer Chest in Kensington.
A charcoal grey paint scheme may not be the first thing that springs to mind when decorating a kids’ room but with accents of yellow and blue and some age-appropriate furniture (this three bed bunk-bed is fantastic) little boys will love it. Also note the inbuilt pockets in the curtains: a sweet way to provide extra storage don’t you think?
Open-plan living is made cosy with warm touches to this mews house in London owned by designer Caroline Riddell. Upstairs in Caroline’s daughter’s bedroom, ‘Vertical Stripe’ wallpaper from Timorous Beasties lines the walls, adding to the fun blue-and-white scheme. A blue velvet headboard, along with various textiles, creates a cosy feel in this small space.
Measuring just 90 square metres, this home to a family of five in Chelsea, London, makes use of every inch of space. Designed by Eve Mercier, the small kids’ bedroom features two broad, wall-mounted benches (underneath the loft bed) that are easily transformed into beds (bed-linen is concealed below), while a third, drawer bed slides out when needed. “We wanted a versatile space that could easily be converted into a study if necessary,” explains Eve. A circular, frosted window overlooks the bathroom.
Your children are only young once so create a magical environment with furnishings and accessories that will kick start their imaginations. Curtained cubby hole bunkbeds are also a perfect way to give siblings their own space.
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Built in bunk beds act as cute cubby holes that kids will love, while chic red and pale blue stripes and a uniform colour scheme will appeal to adult aesthetic sensibilities too!
Oversize letters are scattered throughout interior designer Monica Damonte’s home near Genoa, Italy. Each one represents a different family member’s initial. The Mint List is a good source for vintage letters, with prices around £100 each.
Be still our beating hearts. With a removable bed slide, den of cushions on the upper level and Liberty print curtains, this kids’ bedroom designed by Violet & George Interiors is the stuff childhood dreams are made of.
Taken from the February 2012 issue of House & Garden. Additional text: Liz Elliot.
Encourage sweet dreams with a soft scheme of white and cream, plus the finishing touch of cute sheep print bed linen.
This charming chap is a great addition to a child’s bedroom, and the best part? The wallpaper he is printed on is magnetic.
Geography is certainly a theme in trendy kids’ rooms, and offers just the right amount of adventure for any young explorer. In this kid-friendly Manhattan duplex, the son’s bedroom features a bed by DucDuc and a womb chair by Knoll. Meanwhile, the futuristic pendant light is by Kartell, the map decal is by Dezign With a Z and the felt rug is by Patterson Flynn Martin.
A piece of statement furniture can turn even the simplest of kids’ rooms into something special. Sweet dreams are made of these… Moon Crib, €990 from Crème Anglaise
A child’s room isn’t just for sleeping in. Encourage creativity with a fun play area. Closed cupboards keep things tidy so the focus is on the important things: chalkboard drawings and artwork displayed on a handy shelf.
In a room belonging to one of her sons, food writer Mimi Thorisson has chosen vintage furniture made of dark wood. Her son has put his own stamp on the room by proudly displaying his collection of toys and curiosities.
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If you listen to fashion guru and creative director of J Crew, Jenna Lyons, leopard print is a neutral. And one that we think works pretty well in a child’s bedroom. When combined with caramel and cream hues it creates a warming but fun scheme.
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Sugar and spice and all things nice, that’s what little girls are made of… So a cacophony of florals, butterflies and birds really works. Particularly when more traditional prints, like the wallpaper here, are combined with more modern ones.