Designing for kids is a great opportunity to take chances and insert fun into a space while keeping style and function in the forefront of your process... Kids grow and change from year to year (even day to day it feels at times!). Like with any design, keeping the staple pieces in a room simple in the hopes of translating through time and being more bold with pieces that are easily updated over the years is key. I find that keeping the broad strokes of a space- paint choices, fixtures, larger pieces of furniture- clean and timeless leaves room for your adventurous side to rear its fearless head in smaller accessories and art work! Here are some colorful and cool examples of items you may want to try in your kid's room:
This brass light strikes a nice balance between elegance and whimsy- two things that definitely have a place in any kid's room. Anteriors Home Roxanne 35" Antique Brass Ceiling Light.
Finding a rug that brings a fun and interesting approach to grown up style like this one can last the test of time and fit well with ever-changing trends (justifying it as a smart investment). In Bloom Rug (in Blue or Pink), Anthropologie.
Poufs are a playful addition to any space- they welcome color and texture! Multi-Color Round Chindi Pouf, World Market.
Investing in an antique dresser (or even refurbishing a one that's been handed down by family) is a lovely nod to the past and can help teach your child to appreciate vintage at an early age. Norman Bel Geddes Art Deco Dresser in Sage Green, 1940s.
How cute is this sheep ottoman?! It's soft and adorable; never a baa-d idea... Pearcy Velvet Sheep Ottoman by Christopher Knight Home.
Let's talk velvet- not only is it comfortable but it offers a unique layer of visual interest. Velvet is a wonderful alternative to using a pattern if you are more comfortable with solid colors. Cooper Velvet Lounge Chair, Urban Outfitters.
Paper flowers. What a beautiful touch of art. These can be displayed the same way you display fresh flowers- in a vase, on an open shelf, or even hanging upside down as if to dry in the sun. Paper Peonies, (Blush Pink), The Paper Bloom Designs.
Incorporating art into "kid" design welcomes a sense of maturity and creativity... Koala and Child, Matt Sesow.
Surprise Party Birds (Painted Terra-Cotta), Darla Jackson.
Bright and textured textiles serve as a sublime measure of dimension and layering in any space. Feel free to be daring in some of your pillow choices as these can easily be changed out and move from room to room as needed. Summer Triangles, Her Art.
Keeping it simple in shape and shade help to make this toddler bed a chic transition between crib and twin bed. Sodura Blonde Aero Toddler Bed.