I have always had a massive love of property, but with my expertise being in owner building and renovating, I have always left the final touch of interiors a little under loved.
With the two big kids off to pre-primary and kindy this year, the time has come to redecorate their room. It’s so important that kids have a space they love and feel safe in and what better way to help reflect their growing personalities than through their bedroom.
Through my research, interior designer and mother of two Christie Blizzard caught my eye. Christie is an interior designer and renovator and also a regular contributor to Life Instyle blog. Today on Right as Rayne, Christie shares with us her top tips when decorating your kids room.
Make Their Bedroom Grow:
When they’re in your tummy, styling their rooms is super-easy. Let’s be honest, it is a lot of what you love and a little of what you hope they will be. But as your kids grow, their bedrooms take on a life of their own. There is artwork, clothing, toys, sporting bits and the unauthorized purchases that come in the form of birthday gifts and spoils from grandparents.
So as your little babies become little people with their own opinions, how can you keep their rooms super-stylish yet functional, and of course, something that is Pintrest-worthy.
- Basic pallets . Keep walls and flooring and other permanent fixtures neutral. Don’t go nuts with ridiculous OTT blinds and window coverings, and under no circumstance assume that a suede effects paint (or anything else in this genre) is fantastic feature-wall material. Keep the core of their room neutral and grow from there. Wall decals rather than wallpaper and garlands to jazz up the curtain rod are far more impressive than pelmets and wall murals, and the best bit are they are affordable and interchangeable.
- Rugs. Get funky on the floor. Use bold, fun patterns and colours on the floor. Don’t spend a fortune but do take risks. Check out Ikea and Cotton On Kid’s new rug collection. Fun and real statement pieces that won’t cost the earth but will take baby to big kid in the blink of an eye.
- Artwork. Make a splash with some great artwork that is confident. Do away with nursery boarders and embrace framed prints, tea towels or DIY pieces. Huge prints can make a real impact and show style and personality and can transform a room with one single sticky hook!
- Avoid clutter and make the bed a focal point and statement piece of the room. Take a trip back to enjoy a little bit of vintage with a contemporary twist and turn. To share a piece of the past with your little ones- we love the Georgia Bed. Featuring beautifully handcrafted and distressed design has captured the principles of simplicity, minimalism and functionality and, at the same time, delightfully radiate warmth and modern- day charm.
- I’m a Big Kid Now. Get rid of undersized beds and get a bed in their room that they can grow into, not grow out of. When you are changing from a cot to a bed, think ahead. Rather than a toddler bed, consider a king single (or whatever their room can handle). Funky linen can do a long way so think outside the square. Layer textures with throw blankets, cushions and fun pillows (that can double as extra seats when their friend’s come over). Clash patterns, have fun with it and don’t make things too matchy-matchy.
- Jazz up existing furniture with a coat of paint or new handles. Think outside the box and if you are creative, you may even like to tape a geometric pattern on their furniture before you paint for a bit of extra pizzazz. If you are making way for a study desk, keep them simple so they don’t end up cluttered.
- Sheet– Decorate and DE clutter! Introduce dramatic difference with bed sheets. For cots, have a little yellow mellow with the Bambella Designs Change Table Mat or Dreamers Inc Green Budgie.
It is so important your child’s room reflect who they are a little people. Be sure to include elements in their room that they love – an old teddy placed lovingly on a shelf, a special blanket at the foot of their bed. Their rooms should feel like a big cuddle from mum and / or dad, so fill their space with love, planning and a lot of thought.
Post written by Christie Blizzard