Since we put up our new Villa Nova Picturebook display and started working on the kids’ playroom at our village local, it’s safe to say that we’re very focused on the little ones this season. Therefore, we’ve compiled some useful tips to help you renovate your children’s bedrooms. If it’s their first ‘big’ room or they’ve outgrown its current scheme, we’re here to help you create the perfect child’s space.
1. Keeping it colourful
Colours and patterns are where its at for kids. They love things that are bold and bright. One good way of doing this is by pairing your child’s favourite colour with neutral shades, as this can help retain a timeless look that can’t be outgrown as easily. Neutrals have the advantage of longevity, and by matching these with colourful accessories and features will make it easier to swap the design around as your child grows.
Another way of incorporating colour is to use feature wallpapers. Many kids’ wallpapers are busy and bold, so they will balance nicely with more toned-down styles. Prints that showcase your child’s interests is a great way of adding personality to a room, and with such a wide range of children’s wallpapers out there, you are sure to find one that is ideal for your child. We personally love ‘All My Books’ wallpaper by Harlequin, which provides a more fun and modern take on the traditional library wallpapers that are trending right now. This is perfect for bookworms-in-the-making, but if your child is more of an arty type, the ‘Scribbler’ wallpaper by Sanderson is ideal. Harlequin’s ‘Sail Away’ wallpaper is a lovely option for those who love adventures by the sea, also by Harlequin.
2. Bring nature inside
Nature is a huge trend this season, and not just for adults. Kids love animals, colourful flowers and exploring new worlds, so why not incorporate these into their bedrooms? Their imaginations will run wild with the amount of prints out there, such as Villa Nova’s Picturebook collection. The prints designed by Frann Preston-Gannon and Yuval Zommer feature jungle animals and teeny insects, and would make fun additions to a kid’s bedroom. There are also sea-life and Arctic-inspired designs available, perfect for a nautical scheme. The ‘Arctic Antics’ fabric use multiple textures and hues to bring the ocean to life, complete with polar bears and seals. This fun design has many uses, so it’ll be easy to incorporate it into your home.
Floral prints are another great option if your child has a passion for the outdoors. If it’s a girly room you’re after, flowers work perfectly, and there is a wide range out there for you to choose from. Harlequin offer many choices when it comes to floral prints, such as ‘Ditsy Daisy’, a charming daisy motif printed in three different colourways. Or, as a twist to a simple floral design, ‘Pretty Ponies’ by Sanderson feature ponies inlaid with intricate flowers.
3. Keep the light out
When it comes to window treatments, black out lining is an essential for children’s rooms, especially for the little ones. Preventing any light coming in to the room will guarantee a good-night’s sleep for your child, helping them feel more refreshed and lively in the morning. Blinds and shutters are more popular than curtains when it comes to kids’ rooms, as they are better at keeping out the light and can come with motorised controls that can be kept out of the way of little fingers. Venetians are ideal here, as they offer good light control. These blinds that we created here using Sanderson’s ‘Beautiful Balloons’ fabric would be perfect for a child’s room, as the design features whimsical hot air balloons that are bright and bold, adding to a colourful colour scheme.
But just because you’re trying to keep it as dark as possible at night, doesn’t mean that you can’t provide some ambient lighting as your child settles down. After all, who doesn’t love reading a bedtime story next to the comforting glow of a night light?
4. Think about storage
Storage is one of the most important things to consider when it comes to a child’s bedroom. Children usually have a large number of toys and teddies when they’re little, and this continues throughout most of their childhood. When school starts, they have books and stationary to think of. Fortunately, there is a wide range of storage for you to choose from and designed to suit your desired age group. Baskets are a good option for the little ones who have lots of toys, as this means that they can be picked up and put away as quickly as they are taken out again. Drawers are good as the child grows, as they can be used for anything from clothes to stationary. Wanting to decorate them? Simple touches such as adding framed photos or artwork will provide a nice homely touch. Camelot Pictures offer a wide range, from woodland creatures, flowers and dancers.
A more on-trend storage idea is using window seats. Having a window seat as storage can help maximise room space and add an element of surprise for young children. We’ve created many seat pads for window seats over the years, but some of our favourites include Forest Guest House and for this private client.
5. Accessorise, accessorise
Our last tip is to add small touches and accessories to help give your child’s room a homely feel. Villa Nova’s cushions from their Picturebook offer a range of coordinating cushions that match their collections, as well as rugs and wall stickers. We adore the ‘Tiny Turtles’ cushion, as its playful, simple and yet effective. The ‘Treasure Map’ cushion by Sanderson is bold and busy, in true childlike style, and comes in two colourways so you can add it to multiple schemes. We can also make cushions using your desired fabrics in our own workroom.
The joy of designing children’s bedroom is that there are so many options, from whimsical to dainty, to busy and colourful to simple and intricate. But, if you’re struggling to choose, feel free to come visit our showroom and our designers will help you create a room that your child will fall in love with.