From cute and colourful to fun and funky, creating a kid’s room is all about helping them find their style. Here are four bedrooms to inspire the next evolution
1. Totally tiger-rific
This cool space with its subtle tiger’s-den theme is modern, fun and full of texture. Charcoal grey and mustard are such a great colour combo as they balance warmth and coolness. All you need are a few mustard items to take this plain grey room from average to attitude.
Storage is key in any room, but it’s even more important in a kids’ space if you want to avoid it looking like a bomb site. This black metal bookshelf is the perfect piece for storing books, trophies, toys and more. You can also add small baskets to these shelves to keep items and papers together.
A plant always looks great, too – as long as someone remembers to water it!
A locker-style bedside cabinet is just the right size to hold a light, a book and a glass of water but also provides extra storage for other treasures and essentials which can be hidden away while remaining within reach.
2. Mellow meadow
This soothing room is just the place for imaginative play and the colours make it suitable for a broad age group. Grey is such a versatile neutral and is increasingly the go-to for kids’ bedrooms. Here we used Resene ‘Neutral Bay’, a lovely soft grey with a hint of purple which links to the colours in the duvet cover.
When planning your child’s room, it is always a good idea to establish what the hero of the space will be first. In this case, it’s the stunning grey felt bedhead, which has been attached to the wall with 3M hanging strips (a simple canopy over the bed would be another pretty option).
A Fleur Harris Woodland duvet cover set and coordinating sheets add colour and pattern, while a lilac euro pillowcase and powder-pink cushion tie all the bedding together. Also linking back to the bed, is the wall art, which comes from the same collection as the duvet.
In a small space, it makes sense to keep furniture simple and functional. Here we chose a grey bedside table and small quilted ottoman which both harmonise with the overall scheme without taking up too much room.
Style tip: When using a busy pattern, keep the other room elements plain so they don’t compete for attention.
3. Skate haven
If you want to create a room that lasts from toddler to teen, select more grown-up styles of furniture and bedding that can be adapted and styled with other accessories for years to come. You can always update or change decorative items as tastes change.
Instead of a typical black and white room, we picked ‘greige’ (a mix of grey and beige) for the walls and played with different tones of these two colours throughout the room, along with accents of black. As this room has a beautiful wood-effect floor, a large rug (rather than carpet) was chosen to ground the space; this checked one from Citta contributes some understated pattern without dominating the room.
A black bed from Mocka teamed with pale grey linen and a mixture of cushions and pillows in complementary colours creates a casual yet harmonious look with a pleasing contrast of light and dark. The table and matching shelf from Kmart give a slightly rustic vibe while the curvy ottoman lends softness. To finish off this look, an LED lightbox and framed downloadable print add personality but can be easily swapped out later on.
Style tip: Stonewashed cotton bedding gives a lovely, relaxed feel. Timber touches also keep things casual as well as warming up a cool neutral scheme.
4. Star of the stage
If you have a budding performer in your family, a room with a vintage theatrical vibe could be just the ticket. Some plush pink velvet, a sweeping canopy or curtain and a pair of shiny ballet shoes set against a pure white backdrop are all your future Broadway star needs to let the imagination run wild.
The curve of this pink headboard is echoed throughout the room via the rugs, cushions, side table, planter and homemade garland. These shapes soften the crispness of the white walls and floor, and lend a glamorous, art deco feel.
On the bed, a white duvet was chosen as a base, then teamed with pillows in black velvet and a graphic black and white floral. The final addition of a rose-red cushion brings instant drama and links all the colours in the space together.
Make a scalloped garland
You’ll need • Smooth black vinyl about 30cm x 90cm • Black cord • Scissors • Clear craft glue
- Cut out 30 circles from the vinyl, each 8cm in diameter.
- Lie cord on floor or table. Fold a vinyl circle in half, place over cord and stick halves together with clear craft glue.
- Repeat with all 30 circles to make a garland, leaving some cord at either end for hanging.
- If you wish, you can machine-stitch along the top of the garland for a nice finish but this is not essential.
Shop the looks
1. Totally tiger-rific
+ Vintage linen double quilt cover in magnet, $289, Home Republic vintage linen cushion in charcoal, $79.99, tiger cushion, $44.99, from Adairs.
+ Organic single sheet set, $179.90, from Wallace Cotton.
+ Design Republique throw, from $149.90, from Bed Bath & Beyond.
+ Mustard Shorty locker, $269, Mustard wire baskets, $29.99 each, from Shut The Front Door.
+ ‘Dream big’ print, $45, from Pop Motif.
+ Frame Depot frame, $25, Ombre Home knitted baskets, $18 each, from Spotlight.
+ Little People, Big Dreams books, $22.99 each, from Little Whimsy.
+ Basket in mustard, $119.70 for 3, from Citta.
+ Danica floor cushion, $74.95, from Freedom.
+ Cap, $3, from Kmart.
+ Ultimate Ears Wonderboom bluetooth speaker, $129, from JB Hi-fi.
+ Walls painted in Resene ‘Surrender’ and Resene ‘Noir’ (side wall).
+ Rhino Seattle carpet in shoreline, $77 per sqm, from Carpet Court.
2. Mellow meadow
+ Fleur Harris Woodland double quilt cover set, $139.99, Fleur Harris single floral sheet set, $89.99, Home Republic euro pillowcase, $79.99, from Adairs.
+ Kip & Co pea cushion, $109, Olli Ella Strolley stroller, $189, from Tea Pea. Dane vase, $29.90, from Country Road.
+ Rogue faux mini willow branch, $16.95, from Freedom. Bunny jar, $3, from Kmart.
+ The Woodlands Animals book, $28.50, wicker baskets, $65 each, Alimrose bunny (floor), $69, Maileg bunnies $87 (bed) and $85 (pram), Alimrose suitcases, $48.50, from Little Whimsy. Bessie ottoman, $199, from Nood.
+ Wall painted in Resene ‘Neutral Bay’.
+ Rhino Phoenix carpet in fairwood, $82 per sqm, from Carpet Court.
3. Skate Heaven
+ Darcy bed, $249, from Mocka. Home Republic stonewash cotton double quilt cover in silver, $149.99, and euro pillowcase, $32.99, Home Republic vintage wash linen pillowcase in natural, $109.99 for 2, from Adairs.
+ Plaid woven cushion cover, $59.90, Camelia rug, $2990, High Tide ottoman, $1790, from Citta.
+ 225 thread count single sheet set, $24, Industrial side table, $29, cap, $7, skateboard, $20, A3 picture frame, $12, from Kmart.
+ Aykasa foldable crates, $22 each, from Little Whimsy.
+ Downloadable skatepark print, $9.83, from Etsy/MiddleVillageShop.
+ Walls painted in Resene ‘Silver Sand’. Door painted in Resene ‘Noir’.
+ Malmo Scandia vinyl plank in Copenhagen, $59 per sqm, from Carpet Court.
4. Star of the Stage
+ Washed cotton duvet cover set, $99, from EziBuy.
+ Castle flower pillowcase, $85, from Small Acorns.
+ Black luxe velvet euro cushion, $34.90, from Bed Bath & Beyond.
+ Kip & Co velvet pea cushions, $109 each, Olli Ella Holdie house, $129, from Tea Pea.
+ White Mahoe stand, $199, from Ico Traders.
+ Milliner side table, $349, from Freedom. Made of Tomorrow Fold Arch pot, $99, from Flux Boutique.
+ Mercer + Reid faux peonies, $27.99, Bombay velvet cushion (in canopy), $69.99, from Adairs.
+ Pax & Hart Blossum poster, $59.99, from Little Whimsy.
+ Frame Depot frame, $45, black cord and vinyl (for garland), from Spotlight. + Black rug, $22.95, from Mitre 10.
+ Primo ballet flats, $16.99, from Cotton On Kids.
+ Wall and floor painted in Resene ‘Alabaster’.
Styling by: Vanessa Nouwens. Photography by: Wendy Fenwick.