Entries Tagged as 'Nursery decor'

modern kids room ideas

There are so many styles and ways to decorate a kids room.  When decorating it’s always worth keeping in mind that kids grow so fast.  It feels like one minute they’re little babes in arms and the next, they’re telling you what to do!  As they grow, their tastes change, their favourite colours change and so you don’t want to end up re-decorating every year or two.  Whenever I’m asked for help on decorating a kids room, I discourage themed rooms as they don’t usually stand the test of time.  Instead I suggest a neutral colour palette with decorations layered on top for a pop of colour and unique personality.

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kids bedroom flooring ideas

Whenever you think of re-decorating your rooms or just giving them a refresh, how often do you think of doing something with the floors?  I know I tend to look at the walls or the furniture or even the decor because the floors somehow feel more fixed.  But actually thats not true.  You can change your floors really easily and sometimes that can be just the new look the room needs.

I’m loving the current trend for vinyl floors which are no longer just for bathrooms.  Vinyl flooring has come such a long way with so many more finishes, colours and patterns available.   While I probably wouldn’t go for vinyl in every room in my home, I think they’re a great and fun option for kids rooms.  Apart from being durable, they’re so easy to clean (goodbye paint stains!) and they allow you to have fun.  Think stripes or checks or a sea of your favourite colour.  I’ve been looking at some creative ways of using vinyl in a kids room and here are 3 fun ways:

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best rugs for kids rooms

If, like me, you’ve got wooden floors in your home, you’ll know just how important rugs are.  They make your floors feel so much cosier.  Throw a few cushions on your rug and it’s the perfect place to curl up and read a book or play a game or just snooze.  Besides, a big area of wooden flooring always looks much better when broken up with rugs.  And it’s exactly the same in a kids room – kids especially love to play on the floor so why not make the floor space as cosy, fun and inviting as possible.

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how to decorate with fairy lights bedroom

Fairy lights aren’t just for Christmas.  They add a little touch of magic and fantasy in any room, especially a kids room. And for a kids room, I always want lots of magic, fantasy and whimsy – a space that feeds the imagination, where endless adventures feel possible.  Little twinkling fairy lights do just this.  It can be a boys room or a girls room or a shared room – by adding something as simple and inexpensive as fairy lights you can add a touch of magic.  Here are a few fun ways to decorate with fairy lights in a kids room:

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beautiful blue kids rooms

White, soft pastels and light greys are some of the most popular colours for kids rooms and nurseries.  It’s not hard to see why – I mean who doesn’t love those colours and they’re easy to decorate with.  But if you’re after something a bit more unique, more striking or more daring, there is no better colour than blue – lots of it in deep, dark and bold shades (we’re not talking hints of blue or baby blue here!).  I’ve noticed a growing trend in blue kids rooms, bedrooms, living rooms, hallways and even kitchens and I’m so drawn to it.  There is something so cool and calming about this colour even in it’s darkest shade and so it’s ideal for any age, any gender and any space.

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creating an art space for kids

Do you have an organised art space for your kids?  When my 7 year old wants to get creative, which is nearly every day, I have to fetch art supplies from all over the place.  I have some lying in boxes, some in her room, some in the living room – it goes on. I sometimes end up putting her off creating because I am busy getting dinner ready and don’t have the time to get the supplies together. And in all honesty, sometimes I just can’t face tidying and putting everything away in 5 different places.  I’ve often thought how much easier it would be if her art supplies were all in one place and easy for her to access and put away herself.

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creative wall painting ideas

If you’re a minimalist like me you’ll understand my love for all white walls peppered with black and white art. That’s the kind of look I’m planning for most of our home except Anya’s room.  I don’t think any kid would chose a monochrome colour scheme for their room.  When chatting to Anya about possible colours for her room, she came up with suggestions of an orange and yellow room!  A bit too much for a minimalist like me but I started thinking about how we could use a splash of paint somewhere to add a bit of colour.

I went looking for some creative wall painting ideas and here are some really fun ways to add a splash of colour to a kids bedroom or even your own room.  You can go big or small, dark or light but the best part is you can transform the room in a couple of hours with no more than a tin of paint and a brush:

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decor ideas for small kids roomsDoing up a kids room, especially one that is small can feel like a bit of a challenge.  Kids have a lot of things – toys, books, games, dress-up gear – the list goes on and on!  Trying to find space for all this stuff plus all the necessary furniture can be tricky in small spaces.  So today I wanted to share some great space saving tips and ideas for small kids bedrooms.  Having a small bedroom doesn’t have to mean untidiness or compromise.  Instead there are lots of fun and stylish ways to maximise the space even in the smallest of rooms.  Here are 6 clever and creative ideas for small kids bedrooms:

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While I love Christmas, it’s all about the festive season everywhere so today for a change, I wanted to share something not related to Christmas.  As many of you know we’ve been through a house renovation project this year and now we’re decorating our home.  I’ve learned a lot in the process and I often get asked for advice especially in choosing colour schemes and styles.  The next room that I plan to focus on is Anya’s room and so I thought I would share some of my tips on decorating kids rooms especially tips that will help the room stand the test of time.  After all you don’t want to have to redecorate after a year or even two. These are very much the things that I am planning to keep in mind when I decorate Anya’s room so I hope they will help you too:

1. Don’t go for a themed room
With kids rooms, often the temptation is to go for a themed room especially if your child is really in to something at the time.  But even if your child is really in to a particular character or is crazy about dinosaurs, that can all change in months or even weeks.  So a themed room isn’t likely to grow with the child.

how to organise kids rooms

2. Buy practical big furniture pieces that will stand the test of time
The two biggest pieces of furniture in a room are usually the bed and the wardrobe.  You don’t want to be replacing these in a hurry so think your options through.  If your child is going to need a big bed soon, get one now or at least one that can expand in to a big bed when the time comes.  Also what kind of wardrobe do you need – do you really need a big closed closet that may dominate the room? Kids are constantly growing so they have a pretty high turnover of clothing and shoes for a long time.  Unlike us, they don’t grow their clothing collection year on year and hoard things from 1997 (or is that just me?!).  So really think through the closet options – will a chest of drawers and an open clothes rail work better than a big wardrobe and also end up saving space?

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Shelves are such a practical way of storing stuff and you can’t ever have enough of them.  You really don’t need to spend a packet on them either – there are plenty of very cheap and basic shelves out there.  But just because they’re basic doesn’t mean they have to be boring.  With a little imagination even the most basic of shelves can become features in any room but I especially love getting creative with shelves in a kids room. So here are five cool shelf ideas for a kids room that you can re-create using shelves bought from ikea. Each of these shelf spaces is unique and can be customised to your needs and tastes:

modern wall shelf ideas for kids room

This is such a cool shelf space for a kids room.  It makes a simple but striking feature wall while still providing good storage.  You can create similar using the ikea forhoja kitchen storage units.  All you need is a few of these storage boxes and a large piece of ply.  I like the natural wood look but you could also customise as much as you want using paint, wall stickers or wallpaper.

ikea hack bookcase

Backless shelves on a wallpapered wall look so stylish.  You can easily get this look with ikea’s ever popular billy bookcase by simply leaving out the back – I did this in my last home and it worked really well.  Add some colourful toys and artwork around the shelves and you’ve got a completely unique looking bookcase or shelf.

customize ikea furniture

In this shared boys room, those box shelves in various sizes and shades of green look great on the wall. Instead of being boring boxes, they’ve been turned in to a feature because of the unusual layout, the colours and also using a mix of open and closed shelves.  You can get the same look using ikea’s valje wall cabinets.  Paint them in any colour, combine a mix of square and rectangular and a mix of open and closed. They’ll end up looking custom made. 

creative organizing ideas for kids rooms

How pretty are these shelves?  I love the touch of pastel blue that has really made them look special.  Using ikea’s bekvan spice rack, you can create a similar look.  You don’t have to stick to the idea above, you could paint the whole shelf or you could go for two colours – whatever works for your kids room.   And for more storage, create a floor to ceiling wall of these gorgeous shelves. 

creative kids toy storage ideas

All shelves don’t have to be made of straight lines like this picture above shows us.  What a creative way of storing soft toys.  It adds so much charm to the room.  You can do similar with these ikea sinnerlig baskets. I’ve got one of these baskets which I love so I’m planning to get more and do this in Anya’s new room.  It’s a great way of making a feature of her soft toys while having a place to store them too.   And of course it saves floor space too especially useful in a small room. 

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