August 5th, 2015

Cool Kids Rooms

Remember making forts out of blankets and sheets as a kid? It was your favorite escape, a world that you created and where your imagination ran wild. In the same way we need a space to call our own, so do the kids. However, not everyone is lucky enough to have a playroom so your child’s bedroom is their haven. Designing a kids’ room doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. There is a whole world of design possibilities even for small spaces. It’s the perfect excuse to try something bold, fun and whimsical that your kids are sure to love. Let your imagination run wild!


First things first, a kids’ bedroom has many changing functions. If this is the bedroom your child will be growing into, you need it to be able to transform as they get older. Determine the core functions of the room first, you will be glad you did. Will your child need a desk?  How about future play dates and sleepovers?  If your child loves to read do arts and crafts or have lots of toys, you will need to allow for plenty of shelving and storage. Make sure to mount freestanding storage such as dressers and bookcases to the wall so they don’t fall over if your child likes to climb (I was that child). If your child is still in a crib or toddlers bed, you will need to make sure there is room for a twin or larger bed in the future. Chances are, you will not want to redo their room over and over (nor have the budget to) so give this some good thought!

European Inspiration

In Canada you might find that furniture shopping for kids and teens is a bit challenging. We don’t have nearly as many options as those in Europe. I often turn to the web for inspiration. How about turning a daybed into a sofa – multi function is great for teen rooms. Have you noticed in nursery and children’s rooms they tend to stay away from cutesy themes like “Walt Disney” (no offence Mickey) and they instead turn to color and graphics. They use color blocking and bold colorful accents and keep patterns to a minimum. As your child grows it’s much easier to re-paint a feature wall then strip the Winnie the Pooh wallpaper. If you really have your heart set on a “theme” room. Why not source a print of Winnie, wall decal  or a toss cushion? These are easy to change in a year when the next new fad is all your child is talking about. Trust me you will thank us!


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