Easy ways to make your little ones love their space – in style
If your kid’s room is anything like Little Livingetc‘s, it probably looks as if it’s been in a fight with a rampaging bull most of the time. But in an ideal world, children’s rooms should be their sanctuary as well as the place they retreat to when it’s time for Bedfordshire. And this can be fixed! We’ve found a selection of pretty damn cool pieces that will inspire your little darling to make the most of their own space. Just don’t be surprised if they tell you to keep out…
1 An epic bed
When you’ve got a little body but a big imagination, a bed isn’t just for sleeping, it’s for taking on the world! Junior’s chums will all want to pile into this awesome Sven Treehouse bed, £349.99, by Noa & Nani, which will effortlessly double up as a spaceship, a castle or a pirate ship for hours of fun and games.
The zesty Bunky, meanwhile, £1,740, by Marc Newson for Magis at Nubie, has to be the coolest bunk bed ever. Just make sure you don’t organise a sleepover on a school night, though, as you’ll have quite a job getting the whippersnappers out of it in the morning…
2 Fab bed linen
Made of luxe organic cotton, Design Letters’s Arne Jacobsen bed linen set, £50, at The Kid Who, will not only encourage sweet dreams, but is a super-stylish introduction to the world of iconic typography.
How to Train Your Dragon fans will love Vertbaudet‘s Dragon Palace pillowcase, from £9; and matching duvet cover, from £29.
Vertbaudet also does a nice line in princess-perfect bedding – we’re really taken with this sugary Demoiselles duvet cover, from £29; and pillowcase, from £9. Sooo pretty, who could resist?
3 Magical wallpaper
Paperboy does the best wallpapers, £60 per 10m roll. This Spitfire design would make a great backdrop for re-enacting a Battle of Britain-style dogfight.
While the ‘Ere Be Dragons design will be the perfect inspiration for wannabe squires.
4 A wicked desk
When the kids hit Year 3, a good desk is a must for stashing unfinished homework, unread books – and brilliant ideas. Set them up for success by investing in this ultra-cool Graphic Wipe Board desk, £630, by Nidi at Nubie. We can’t wait to see the sweet messages Little Livingetc will leave for us on the top…
Also rocking a white-hot look, this super-sleek Rubens kid’s desk, £687, by Jean-François Bellemère for Compagnie at Made in Design, has caught our eye. Please say it comes in grown-up sizes too!
5 Cool seating
Kids begging for a real-life pup of their own? Put them off the scent – for a while – with this Puppy chair, from £53, by Eero Aarnio for Magis Collection Me Too at Made in Design.
Meanwhile, the Ekorre hanging seat, £24, by Ikea, is the perfect chill-out zone for tempestuous tykes. Hang a few around the room to create a Zen-like vibe.
And every kid’s room needs a beanbag to jump on. Habitat‘s new Benny, £35, fits the bill nicely and as well as this bonny blue comes in a punchy orange.
6 Sleek shelving
Keep tantrums to a minimum – ‘Whah, I can’t find my wooden hammer/Elsa doll/Olaf!’ – by teaching Junior to have a place for everything. This Downtown shelving unit, £643, by Oiva Toikka for Magis at Utility, has the feel of a slick Manhattan skyscraper and is, like really, um, neat.
7 A pair of talking-point posters
Factual but fun, these fab posters, £25 each, by Atomic Printworks will educate Junior and help him to dazzle his teachers with his knowledge of the sun’s radius, mass and luminosity and the constituents of the air. And they’re good looking too.
Ideal Home newsletter
Sign up to our newsletter for style and decor inspiration, house tours, project advice and more
8 A really great rug
The generously proportioned, super-soft Bobby rug, £150, by Lucky Boy Sunday at The Kid Who will make a great spot for lounging on.
Video Of The Week
9 Keep out signs
There’ll come a time in the not so distant future when you’re no longer welcome in your angel’s den. Rather than some makeshift Keep Out sign, why not gift them with these quirky Retsam door tags, £1 for set of four, by Ikea, which can be used to convey a tweenager’s every mood – and tell you where to get off – with a much-needed dose of humour.
Click here for more great stories and ideas from Livingetc