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 kids their own space.
‘The approach we took to the furniture was rather like our approach to the house as a whole,’ says Jonathan Tuckey, who imaginatively modernised this seventeenth-century chalet in the Swiss Alps. ‘We really liked a lot of the things that were in the house already and decided to hang on to them. But then there were other elements that we designed specially, such as the beds which are now really close to the ground and more informal.’
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.
WALLS Paint, ‘Azurite’, £41.50 for 2.5 litres natural emulsion, from Edward Bulmer Natural Paints. Framed vintage print (left), 85 x 115cm, £850, from William Yeoward. Framed lithograph, Surrounded Islands, by Christo and Jeanne Claude, 75 x 110cm, £1,200, from Wilson Stephens & Jones.
Looking for inspiration on how to decorate a small bedroom? Prepare to be overwhelmed with fantastic ideas. We’ve already shown you some contemporary bedroom design ideas, modern Swedish bedrooms and amazing ocean-view bedrooms; now it’s time to have a look at practical solutions for small homes.
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Architect Francesca Oggioni wanted a new layout for her Grade II listed house in west London that would work as a family home, workspace and backdrop for her extensive art collection. She purchased her home with her Belgian husband, a hedge-fund manager, photographer and art collector. Their main bedroom has plenty of shelving and storage to maintain the sleek, clutter-free aesthetic of the house.
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).
The romantic French theme is hardly unique, but the owners of this real home opted for a few unusual touches – notably a green scheme instead of the traditional pink – plus a clash of prints and original furnishings for a bedroom that’s full of personality.
The dream bedroom for teens, black comforter with large pink flowers on it and gold stars on the wall. Where did that comforter and sham set come from?? M daughter loves it and I cannot seem to find anything similar. Beautiful room!
The main bedroom at Faringdon House, the Oxfordshire home of writer Sofka Zinovieff, is full of character and pattern as one might expect from the house that used to belong to eccentric Lord Berners, the composer, artist and writer who was immortalised in Nancy Mitford’s novel The Pursuit of Love as the whimsical character Lord Merlin.
I love the Scandi simplicity of this girl’s bedroom. Loft rooms are like a dream for most children – they are cosy, snug and a bit different. With this lovely white backdrop you can create a calm and uncluttered space – the mixture of white, pink and blue accessories make the room so modern. Current trends for girls’ bedrooms are veering away from the pink saturation approach of latter years, and moving towards something more creative and meaningful. You can decorate a room like this with slightly more nursery-like accessories to begin with and then up-style when your girl grows older. This can see your child through from baby, towards secondary school age – saving a fortune in decorating costs. On a final note, what’s not to love about the wonderful crepe lanterns and the cute lamb wall art?! Image Credit
Nestled into sloping topography, the design of this home allows privacy from the street while providing unique vistas throughout the house and to the surrounding hill country and downtown skyline. Layering rooms with each other as well as circulation galleries, insures seclusion while allowing stunning downtown views. The owners’ goals of creating a home with a contemporary flo …
For those who have large space to spare, it is best to design a kid’s bedroom that is as large as possible. It gives them much needed freedom and there is a far lesser chance of him bumping his head into anything. This fashionable design in Grey, white and yellow does just that.
I love every ideas you have shared over here. The style and design were so perfect and very inspiring. I am so happy I stumbled on your blog because you inspire me a lot. I can apply ideas I learned on my next home decorating ideas project. Thank you for sharing this wonderful post.
@Fay, that is your opinion, of course. I, however, was admiring the variety in the designs, happy that they weren’t all excessively girly, because, of course, that WOULD be There are girls that do like that kind of thing, however, and I thought this list was very good in portraying different styles for different people. You did find TWO that you liked, didn’t you? Each and every one wasn’t meant to suit each and every girl.
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’.
FURNITURE Nineteenth-century Swedish pine bench, 45 x 145 x 30cm, £550, from Puckhaber. Bedside table covered in ‘Felix’ (natural), linen, £100 a metre, from George Spencer Designs; trimmed with ‘Hula’ (lava black), by Mary McDonald for Schumacher, linen, 20cm wide, £159.40 a metre, from Turnell & Gigon. Oak and rush bed, ‘Camargue’ (blackened oak), 226 x 169 x 221cm, £9,450, from Ralph Lauren Home. Lacquered cotton-rope ‘Moiste Chair’, by Christian Astuguevieille, 110 x 40 x 45cm, £4,250, fromHolly Hunt.
For the girl who is always experimenting with a new look, offer her a solid-color bedspread with the option of interchangeable throw pillows. Start off with a few, then let your girl add and subtract as you both find new pillows to mix in. Search out clearance racks and discount stores for affordable pillows to switch up the look.
I stayed at the Ludlow Hotel in New York’s Lower East Side last October and I instantly fell in love with my room. The stark black four-poster bed was the perfect contrast to whitewashed walls and beams. The industrial black window frames were dressed with heavy patterned pleated silk shades. The massive brass pendant lamp, patterned flat-weave rug, sheepskin throws and deeply veined marble coffee tables accented the decor perfectly. And the view of downtown Manhattan was of course unbeatable. Image credit
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.
Bring a redundant fireplace up to scratch for the party season by lining it with wallpaper. Simply take the dimensions of the inside of your fireplace, cut out the wallpaper to fit and Blu-Tac it into place. A few ornamental logs, tea lights or strategically placed baubles also help achieve this festive look.
Originally Rita’s room before the expansion of her London flat, the spare room has curtains in ‘Broadcloth’ felt from Hainsworth and is lined in Tyler Hall’s ‘First Bloom’ wallpaper from Tissus d’Hélène, with a Guatemalan tapestry that Phil brought back from his travels.
The main bedroom of Ben Pentreath’s Georgian country house is painted in what he lovingly refers to as ‘freshly laid cowpat’ – an earthy green from Papers & Paints, officially known as ‘4-050’. The bed is covered with a fresh Indian printed-cotton cover.
Gray’s sedate vibe makes it especially good for the bedroom. But when decorating with gray, be sure to add plenty of interest to keep the look lovely, not grim. Take a few tips from the gorgeous room from Jean Stephane Beauchamp Design shown here; a strong area rug, an intriguing ceiling fixture, a luxurious velvet upholstered headboard, and a touch of fun in the skull-adorned throw pillow guarantee that this entirely-gray-and-white master bedroom is anything but boring.
‘My client’s bedroom is on the first floor, in what originally would have been the grand drawing room. The windows are lovely and big; they are the key to its appeal. I like the architecture to do the talking, so rather than obscure the windows with curtains, I’ve added plain bottom-up blinds. I have a weekness for pink, so I enjoyed including my client’s artwork… But neon is my favourite, hence the tube light from Mr Resistor,’ explains designer Harriet Anstruther of her client’s home in Chelsea, London.
Sharing a room as a teenager can be tough, but it doesn’t have to be ugly! In this pretty space, designer Kristina Crestin dressed two full-sized beds in matching white ruffled bedding and plush fur throws, hanging each girl’s monogram above her bed for personalization. A shared midcentury modern dresser doubles as a nightstand and is a cool contrast to feminine pink ruffled curtains.
WALL Paint, ‘Hot Earth’, £42.50 for 2.5 litres matt emulsion, from Paint & Paper Library. Curtains, ‘Reeds’ (green/blue/white), by Alexandra Palmowski for Virginia White Collection, linen, £125 a metre, from Redloh House Fabrics. Framed print, Figgy, by Kate Boxer, 45.5 x 63cm, £590, from Giovanna Ticciati.
Something new and colourful is what I thought I’d do,’ says interior designer Gytha Nuttall of the decoration of her converted nineteenth-century schoolhouse in Battersea. ‘But as the project developed, slowly I returned to all the muddy colours I love best.’
The bedhead in the main bedroom was designed by the home’s owner, interior designer Robert Moore. The fabric, ‘Palma Large’ from Bernard Thorp (£75 per metre) is also used on a chair in the bedroom (not pictured) and for the curtains in the bathroom.