I often think that if I didn’t work in fashion then my B plan would be interiors. I apply the same rules to dressing a room that I use for dressing myself… nothing too crazy with the colour palette (although I am slightly more adventurous behind closed doors); considered proportions; clean and simple understated style with a mix of classics (I adore mid-century furniture) and modern design. It can be slightly trickier when sourcing for kids’ rooms because, let’s face it, it is slim pickings out there for affordable simple design, and I tend to gravitate towards the same brands who do things well, but sometimes they can be a bit on the pricey side.
I’ve been slowly adding pieces to Missy’s room since moving into our house three years ago and along the way I’ve worked out the key items to tick off to make a kids’ room functional and stylish (i.e. looks like a room that belongs in your house and not like a Disney designated area from a theme park) at the same time!
The biggest spend is large furniture, and thankfully styles for beds and wardrobes are quite generic, but you do have to dig around to find the more refined and stylish options like this Scandi style wardrobe,especially if you are on a tight budget. And adding a lick of Farrow & Ball or Little Greene paint can work wonders, and turn an average piece of furniture into an interiors delight – we have achieved this by pimping Missy’s bed and a vintage wardrobe find.
The pool is small for kids bedlinen that does not offend my visual senses whilst pleasing to my purse strings, but Zara Home is a good starting point as they tend to have a good selection of plain sets and subtle prints (ticking strips, dots, stars) and they also do the best quilts, like this one, which is going to get better with age. You can, over time, slowly build up a decent collection of reasonably priced linen that you can mix and match with more expensive pieces from brands like Numero 74 and Caramel – the sales are a good time to seek out and stock up.
You can use lighting as decoration as well as function by choosing neon letters or shapes. Stylish lighting needn’t cost a fortune either. Missy has one of these classic Anglepoise lamps beside her bed for reading.
Rugs can be used as a real statement and focus point and are also a great protector of and add some sound proofing if you have wooden flooring in a kids room. When choosing a rug, I think this really is one of those times when you can swerve the ones designed for kids if you so wish, as it tends to be quite limiting and throw your net a little wider – Berber rugs are ideal as they are quite colourful but also tasteful. Rugs are also great to use as wall hangings instead of art.
Hooks and racks are a great way to hang clothing if you don’t have the space for a wardrobe or they can be used to display special pieces. Single hooks like these look great randomly placed on a wall. And I recently purchased this rack for Missy’s room.
>For your own sanity and as a way of teaching kids that everything has it’s place, storage is essential. Boxes, baskets, shelving (this ledge is a great way to display books) all help to create a sense of organisation even when things are just chucked (not placed as we would prefer) on or into their designated tidy place.
Prints, bunting, pom-poms etc. are all a quick and easy way to add a bit of character to a room with minimum damage to your bank balance. You can also move them around and change their positioning every now and again to freshen up a space. I like to have a mix of framed prints (this one is a new addition to Missy’s room) with the odd postcard – mainly from exhibitions, one from the Basquiat exhibition is currently on display – just randomly stuck to a wall with fun tape like spots or neon.
I could go on and on, and mention other pieces like desks and chairs, but I’ll save that for another post, as Missy’s room is still a work in progress!