If your little girl has a knack for geography, consider girl’s bedroom wallpaper that has an educational flair. In this globetrotter’s room, a map of the world takes up the entire accent wall. Here, she can plan her next big adventure or be inspired to pick up a few library books on the eastern hemisphere. Plan the bedding and textiles around the colors found in the global designs.
Classic-boat enthusiast Katie Fontana’s love of pure craftsmanship and aesthetic simplicity resulted in the bespoke kitchen design company Plain English as well a charming houseboat and boathouse where she lives when she is in London. The ex-Customs and Excise cutter called Stork is moored in St Katharine Docks, E1. ‘In 2008, shortly after our father died, my sister and I were in Maldon, Essex, where he lived, Katie explains. We spotted Stork for sale and thought she looked cute. When I noticed she was built in 1926, the year my father was born, it felt like a sign, so I bought her as a little place to stay when I was in London. The interior had been Ikea-ed, and wasn’t really to my taste, but I knew if I covered it all in Farrow & Ball paint it would be fine. One day, I’d like to give her a full authentic refit. For now, she’s a bit of fun.’
The age of your daughter will largely determine what type of décor or theme you should use in the room. With a newborn, you will want to find baby girl nursery room ideas, such as a farm animal or fairy theme, that will be appropriate for many years or that can easily be altered as your daughter grows and her tastes change. Circus design or farm animal themes are good baby room ideas for girls that your daughter will not quickly out grow. They are also both gender neutral themes that can be incorporated into a shared toddler room for girls and boys. For either of these designs, you can paint the walls of the room a neutral color such as pale yellow or blue and then purchase bedding, art, curtains, wall decals, and accessories that are consistent with the theme. Wall decals and pretty girls bedding sets with pink pigs, white ducks, yellow chicks and other barnyard animals are farm-themed accessories that are inexpensive and can be easily removed or altered when your daughter is older and wants to transfer her space into a teenage bedroom.
WALLS Fabric, from left: ‘Nairobi’ (sable), linen mix, 140cm wide, £148.80 a metre, from Pierre Frey; ‘Moorea’ (lava black), by Mary McDonald for Schumacher, jute mix, 137cm wide, £265.20 a metre, from Turnell & Gigon.
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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.
Remember that storage doesn’t necessarily have to be in the bedroom. If you have a corridor near the room consider utilising that as a place to put wardrobes, as designer Philippa Thorpe has in this Chelsea house.
Eye-popping aqua makes a statement in this bedroom as a striking backdrop for crisp white trim and girl’s bedroom accessories. Pops of pink, inspired by the cherry blossom tree painted on the wall, contrast the room’s ultra-colorful walls. Through the white doors, a bright white room awaits with furniture placed to make it the perfect reading nook. Subtle girl’s room themes like this can grow with her into teen years and beyond.
The colours are peaceful and pleasant, as they are throughout the house. ‘Above all, I wanted the colours to be calm; this pale colour palette makes a narrow house seem less claustrophobic and fussy, and meant that I could add pattern through the other textiles.’
The wrought iron bed, the clustered display of fresh flowers, the vintage print textiles (we love the mustard yellow and red floral quilt), religious iconography above the bed…We have a feeling there’s a confident and extremely cool designer behind this bedroom.
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 mantlepiece up the style factor too.
ACCESSORIES Plaster table lamps, ‘Very Good Seconds’, by Viola Lanari, 50 x 10cm diameter; with cotton lampshades, ‘Bedwyn’ (yellow wicker), 35cm diameter, £135 each, from Fermoie. Cotton oxford pillowcases, ‘Mariette’, £26 each, from Cologne & Cotton. Linen quilt (light blue/natural), 140 x 210cm, £390, from Once Milano. Early-nineteenth-century cotton cushion, 45 x 70cm, £140, from Katharine Pole.
Make decorating fun with teen room decor options from PBteen. Fantastic accessories like wall decals, decorative pillows and even mini-fridges let you create a bedroom that totally reflects who you are. Our teen bedroom accessories are mix-and-match friendly, so you can choose items that go with your existing decor or create an entirely new theme. Choose from easy-to-hang pinboards, art prints, style tile sets and more to create a room that’s perfect for everything from studying to lounging with friends on the weekends. Need guidance? We’re here for you. Let us help you understand your options so you can find the items you love.
Your daughter’s nightly homework assignments will grow right along with her. Every school-age child needs a desk for study time. The simple desk fronted by a large bulletin board shown here is the perfect spot to study. But what really makes this room special is the adorable wall décor – and it’s a snap to duplicate. Just fill in the space over the headboard with a colorful and wonderfully patterned wallpaper. It’s an easy DIY, and you’ll probably only need one roll of paper.
Make the most of your small bedroom by using furniture to provide the storage that many undersized rooms lack. Case in point: this lovely, shabby chic bedroom substitutes a small dresser for a traditional nightstand, and makes the most of a recessed nook with a china cabinet to hold linens, sweaters, and other bulky items. That’s smart and beautiful.