Playful ideas for children’s rooms

Balance practical solutions with fun touches and stylish design to create a space with room to grow that you’ll love as much as they do

1 Bunk up

The pitched ceiling in this New England-inspired space makes it ideal for simply styled bunk beds. ‘There are a few practicalities to consider when choosing bunks. Firstly, the recommended minimum age for a child using a bunk bed is six, and secondly, the top bunk mattress shouldn’t exceed 15cm in depth. Finally, do check it has passed all British safety and quality standards,’ adds Katherine Mitchell, Buyer for Beds and Bedroom Furniture, John Lewis.

2 Country cover up

‘Colourful wallpaper is a great way to inject a touch of creativity into your little one’s bedroom. In a country home, it’s nice to source nature-inspired designs like this charming print featuring cherry trees, butterflies and birds,’ says Linda Swarbrick, Managing Director, Scandi Living. This non-woven wallpaper will also help smooth out lumpy walls and its high-opacity print means you can paper on top of old wallpaper without the pattern showing through. Pair with painted open storage furniture for a cute collection of books or teddies to sit on display.

3 Pack it away

Encourage children to keep their rooms tidy by providing plenty of generous storage options in enticing colours. Pull-out baskets are particularly handy for organising different types of toys as well as transporting toys to the play mat or living room (and, hopefully, back again). ‘In a shared playroom or study space, white and grey with cool aqua accents will keep the room fresh and gender-neutral,’ adds Jamie Reeve, CEO of Great Little Trading Co.

4 Personal touches

Turn to your child’s toy-box for decorating inspiration and curate a cute display using colourful books and nostalgia-filled wooden toys. Bookshelves designed to show the front covers, rather than spines, of books also make it easy for children to find their favourite bedtime stories. Complete the laidback look with an eclectic mix of scatter cushions, throws and furniture painted in pretty pastels, such as aqua, pale blue and baby pink.

5 Flexible friends

To create a flexible scheme that will delight both boys and girls, consider using bright sunny colours on key pieces of furniture and adorable animal prints on fabrics. ‘The yellow and blue of our Dogs in Clogs bed linen collection is a particularly vibrant and fun combination,’ adds Rebecca Craig, Design Manager, Sanderson Studio. ‘The playful aesthetic makes for a great unisex scheme and bed linen is so simple to update as your children grow and choose their own favourite shades and themes.’

6 All aboard

Children never tire of making camps and dens, so this clever cabin bed is sure to inspire little imaginations. ‘The enclosed sleeping quarters offer a soothing night-time environment for children to settle down, while shutter-style doors provide a fun play area during the day,’ explains Nathalie Davis, Director of Cuckooland. ‘Decorate with pretty bunting to boost the camping theme.’

7 There were three in the bed…

You can never have too many beds, especially when the sleepovers begin, and this triple bunk bed is the perfect space-boosting solution. ‘No more messing around with inflatable guest beds or unwieldy futons, this neat design allows you to sleep three very comfortably in a small space, and the ladder makes it easy to reach the top bunk too,’ says Alex Tolofon, Director of Noa and Nani.

8 Chalk it up

Budding artists will love this crafty update to a simple white bed frame, which was created using self-adhesive blackboard film that is easy to apply and can be cut to any size. Pretty patterned fabric swatches attached to a cork panel will make an inexpensive and colourful pin-board for invites and school reminders. And a desk with a mix of shelving units, cupboards and drawers provides plenty of storage for homework books and folders.

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