Children’s bedrooms are finally getting the design attention they deserve.
Gone are the days of posters stuck on bedroom walls and leftovers from each phase of childhood stacking up in the corner. Children’s rooms are becoming a serious business and some of Australia’s top children’s interior stylists are being called in to save the day.
Belinda Kurtz, children’s interior stylist and owner of Petite Vintage Interiors says the demand from time-poor parents for children’s interior design services is thriving.
“Big business is recognising this and creating products for the market,” she says. Belinda has over 70,000 followers on social media and says “through visual channels including Instagram and Facebook, parents are gaining inspiration.”
Rosemary McAndrew, mother of three said she hired a children’s interior stylist to design her daughter’s bedroom. “I wanted to work with someone who was in the children’s space every day and knew what products were available,” Rosemary says.
Tahn Scoon, interior stylist and author has noticed a shying away from the traditional blue for boys and pink for girls’ colour schemes. “It’s much more interesting to start with a neutral base, say white or charcoal, and add pops of unisex colours such as Kelly green, yellow and red,” Tahn says.
“The other thing I’m loving is that people are embracing vintage pieces in children’s rooms and they look amazing. I’m also a big fan of feature walls in kids’ rooms—though I hate them in other areas of the home—try a striking wallpaper or chalkboard paint.”
Deborah Atkins of Red Door Interiors says her own style has changed. “I am designing children’s bedrooms now with neutral walls and floors, so that they don’t date as the child gets older. In the past I used to have children’s rooms with painted walls to suit the theme of the room. Now the accents get the colour.”
“As always though, I like to design children’s rooms with colour to create fun and excitement.”
Belinda reminds us that safety is paramount. “Keep power cords out of reach, consider hardwiring any wall mounted lights and be careful of garlands near beds.”
Top tips for children’s bedrooms
Belinda Kurtz’s top tips
• Plan for the future. When designing a nursery, consider what the space would look like if you replaced the cot with a bed.
• Decals and removable wallpaper are amazing for renters and kids with changing tastes. They add a huge statement for a small cost.
Tahn Scoon’s top tip
• Let your child have their say, and then tweak it, a lot if necessary! For example, if they ask for a Hello Kitty theme, rather than buying all licensed products, try just one framed print but team with a small print floral bedcover and red ticking striped curtains.
Deborah Atkins’ top tip
• Keep the shell neutral and add colour in the pictures, bedlinen and accents. These can all be easily changed as the child gets older. Also, lots of storage for toys, games and sporting gear is vital!