Guest blogger: The Aesthete Collective
So, you’ve just built your dream house and you’re beginning to design the kid’s bedrooms, but where do you start? Don’t worry, our design smarties have you covered.
Follow these easy points to save yourself time and money while still creating a beautiful bedroom for your bubba or little one!
Step 1 – Begin with a colour palette
When it comes to the colour palette, you should remember a sleeping space should be somewhat restful. You could be inspired by nature, your child’s favourite things or even an artwork you plan on hanging in the space. Choosing one main colour and complimenting it with either similar tones or colours is a great way to create a colour scheme that is guaranteed to work.
Step 2 – Make a list of the practical stuff
Does your child need somewhere to store their toys, or do they have a separate playroom for that? Do you need a change table and rocking chair? Think about their daily routine and consider all the things you will need in the space. As much as we want our homes to look beautiful, we also need them to function properly.
Step 3 – Measurements
Don’t go shopping without them. I recommend grabbing your plans on a 1:100 scale and marking up any furniture you’re thinking of buying on the plan to that scale. Another handy hint is to always have images of your space when you go shopping, that way if you want to ask an in-house stylist any questions, they will know what you’re working with and are able to give more precise advice.
Step 4 – Let it grow
Make sure when purchasing things that they’re going to serve you well in the long run. Keeping your ‘theme’ vague is a smart idea as you won’t find yourself having to update the room when your child grows out of their current obsession. Keep bedding to a classic pattern such as a stripe, a spot, a check or a floral – you can’t go wrong with these timeless classics.
We have rounded up our favourite budget friendly finds for decorating your kid’s bedroom featuring one splurge item per room. These kid’s bedroom ideas and concepts all feature something that can be carried through from baby to child to add longevity to the space!
Nursery Ideas – Girl
There is nothing more beautiful than baby pink and a knitted throw. I love this palette of white, blush, and beige to decorate a soft nursery. Something about bunnies is just so beautiful and innocent, so I couldn’t resist this beautiful artwork from Adairs to match the bunny nightlight from Beacon Lighting. I’ve paired it back with a natural changing basket and a natural timber shelf that is perfect for displaying some beautiful books. If you wanted to continue the bunny theme for this room, Adairs has bedding to match our beautiful bunny print. Too cute. If you’re into DIY, you could also paint the shelf baby pink to tie in with the artwork.
Kids Room Ideas – Girl
As a little girl, I loved playing dolls. So this natural timber dolls house from IKEA could be the perfect addition to your kids bedroom without being too large. To get creative you can stick scrapbooking paper on the inside to look like wallpaper and fabric swatches for rugs. I’ve paired it with a soft sheepskin throw to sit and play on, along with a floral cushion as this will grow with the space, and I couldn’t go past this divine hot air balloon lamp from CamCam Copenhagen as our splurge item for this room. Storage is key for kids as they have lots of little toys and bits, so this pink utilitarian storage box is perfect to tie the look together!
Nursery Ideas – Boy
I love grey for a baby, as it’s a really soft and gentle colour. I was obsessed with the scalloped edging on this throw rug from IKEA, and the price was too good to be true. I have chosen the classic cloud wall light, also from IKEA, as this piece can transition from nursery to children’s room very easily without needing to be replaced. The sausage dog print is so perfect as it introduces some subtle colour without impacting the rooms palette too heavily. The timber frame on the sausage dog print ties in perfectly with the basket, perfect for soft toys. The perfect finishing touch was this customised elephant rocker from Pottery Barn. Adorable!
Kids Room Ideas – Boy
Who doesn’t love the colour mint for a boys room?! I wanted to add a touch of soft colour by choosing this soft blue star cushion from Adair’s. The koala print chosen was such a great find from Kmart, and the price was oh so right. I really loved this play shelf from IKEA, if you hang it low enough they can play with it while on the ground, or they can display their cars and action figures on it above a dresser. The black basket is the perfect piece to store any smaller toys, or even things in a wardrobe. The Miffy nightlight is our splurge item here and with 5 levels of brightness and cordless usage, this lamp can be used for the years to come.
Time to *shop* it like it’s hot
That’s a wrap smarties. Hopefully this blog has given you some ideas and #inspo to start decorating your baby’s nursery or kids bedroom.
We would love to see what you create for your little ones so please tag us in your rooms @smarthomesforliving @aesthetecollective.
Still need more #inspiration to decorate your kids space? Get in touch or visit check out one of our many display homes across Perth (we promise, they are all jam-packed with stunning ideas for your little ones space).