How to Decorate Your Kid’s Bedroom with Serious Style
Images: Ms Vicious Design created a stunning bedroom for her son using our Faunacation wallpaper
We’ve seen growing interest in our wallpaper designs for kid’s spaces so we thought we’d share some of the latest kid’s interiors out there, along with some tips on how to create cool child-friendly spaces for the little ones before they head back to school next month.
Interior design for kid’s rooms or spaces is a market that’s really booming. We don’t know about you, but when we were growing up most kid’s rooms consisted of a lick of paint, a superhero or My Little Pony duvet set, and as the years went by a Blu Tak pockmarked wall of Smash Hits and random movie posters…well it’s not like that anymore!
We’re absolutely loving some of the kid bedrooms we’ve been seeing on Instagram and Pinterest. The great thing about decorating a kid’s room is that it’s a chance to get super creative! Why should the adults have all the fun?! Let your (and their) imagination run wild and think about fun elements you can introduce through the use of colour, pattern and texture, but also exciting design choices. Wallpaper is your ultimate ally in bringing fun and personality to the space – go big and bold with a quirky print that will easily straddle their toddler to young adult years.
We sat down with the fabulous Ursula from Room to Bloom who specialise in creating and designing the best kid spaces to get her expert insight on what you should be thinking about when it comes to decorating your kid’s room with style.
Images: A selection of Room to Bloom's recent projects for stylish kid bedrooms
What are the top things to consider when planning a kid’s bedroom space?
Consider what you’d like to keep of the existing furniture and decor and plan the room around this. In terms of space-planning, start with the layout of the room in relation to natural light and the entrance, and zone the room for sleep, play and study, and create as much storage as possible! In terms of colour, I’d avoid red and yellow as these are too stimulating for a child’s bedroom, but all other colours go, just consider how the natural light will affect colours and test, test, test.
How do you design a kid’s space to keep them from not out growing it?
I avoid themed furniture and fittings, keeping the base simple or more neutral and then styling with age appropriate accessories. This makes it super easy to update a room as children get into new things and their needs change.
What have been the biggest kids’ interior trends this year?
One overarching trend has been nature and this has been felt in kids’ interiors by an increased use of green and blue, jungle themes, rainbows, floral and foliage designs, and the use of natural materials like rattan and bamboo.
How would you use wallpaper for a kid’s room?
I love using wallpaper in kids’ rooms and generally choose “grown-up” designs rather than kiddy themes, as this will lend the room longevity. I usually install it on one wall to create a focal point or use it on two walls (or part of them) to create a cosy corner/zone around a bed or play area for example. For nurseries I love using wallpaper on all walls for a cocooning effect. I also like mixing and matching patterns with a similar colour theme, on walls and behind shelving.
Lockdown has meant most kids have been staying at home - how have people been changing their homes in light of this?
Lots of clients have asked for the addition of desks to their children’s bedrooms to help with home schooling, and people generally have been paying more attention to their surroundings and have finally gotten around to putting plans for their children’s rooms into action.
What is your favourite Divine Savages design to use in a kid’s space?
I absolutely adore the Deco Martini design and in particular the Rose Gold colourway. I think it would make a beautiful background to a girl’s room or nursery – I can’t wait to use it!
Some brilliant tips and inspiration here! We’ve created an exclusive Pinterest board to get you further inspired on kid’s décor ideas, so make sure you check it out!
Before you go, we’re also really excited to say that we’re working with the fabulous Amanda from House Lust for her son Otis’ bedroom makeover! When we first started Divine Savages, Amanda bought our Deco Martini Blush wallpaper for her hallway, and so when we heard she’d moved into a total fixer-upper (aka “The Rat House”), we knew there needed to be some Divine Savages style there too!
Here’s what Amanda has to say about her plans for Otis’ bedroom, as well as a sneak peek at the interior design plans.
When I was planning Otis’ new bedroom over at “The Rat House”, I knew I wanted a change of pace from his previous jungle bedroom. I want this room to have a more calming feel, but still be fun and imaginative for his development. I also want the room to feel like a step change for him, as I’m hoping our move will coincide with the transition of moving Otis from a cot to ‘big boy bed’.
Otis is a huge fan of dinosaurs so Divine Savages ‘Extinctopica’ wallpaper was the perfect print to capture his imagination, but also have longevity to not look babyish and date too quickly - the perfect choice for our little boys’ room.
Wallpaper will go on two of the four walls in the Glacier Blue colour way up to the picture rail, whilst keeping the other two walls tonal; painted in Little Green’s ‘James’. All the woodwork will be tonal to match, including the door, with brass hardware for the switches, sockets and door handle. Then above the picture rail and on the ceiling I plan on painting it white to keep it fresh and bright.
I can’t wait for Otis to see it and point out all the dinosaurs and details in the print!
Thanks for reading, and if you want to keep up to date with Otis’ bedroom renovation head on over to Houselust on IG as more will be revealed soon!
Be bold, be brave and stay happy!
Jamie & Tom