It used to be that your child’s room was tucked behind a door plastered in boy band or Peppa Pig posters; hidden from view, and not thought of as an integral part of your home’s interior design. There was pink butterflies and flowers for girls, and a navy blue nautical theme for boys. A made bed was considered a miracle.
But then with the growth of social media (I’m looking at you Pinterest and Instagram), small indie cottage designers took off, and as many were home with small children, they put their minds to creating really cool bedding, artwork, decor and accessories for kids’ rooms. The stylists and bloggers got whiff of the excitement, and suddenly interiors magazines were dedicating a few pages to children’s rooms each issue, blogs were launched, and a whole slew of interiors designers popped up dedicated entirely to kids’ room design.
The great thing about children’s rooms is that you can put together a great space relatively affordably. The basics are a good bed, somewhere to store clothes and books, and the rest is up to your imagination.
My eight-year-old daughter is starting to want more a grown-up look in her room, so I headed to the Supa Centa at Moore Park to snap up some pieces for an easy bedroom update . Her room has mint-green painted walls, and she has already had a great single size white timber bed from Snooze, and white bookshelf. The aim was to get some sheet sets that could mix-and-match, give her a spot to keep her necessities close at night, and something fun to add a little personality.
First up, I popped into Freedom where the staff were super-helpful and took me through all the products in the kids’ room section. There was a good range of fun bedding, really great occasional cushions (the toucan design was a favourite – also trend I spotted in a few other stores), and some fun decor – I loved the ceramic robot in particular.
The Snooze store is attached to the Freedom store, so I browsed the beds and bedding available. One of the beds caught my eye when I noticed the excellent storage underneath, and the sophisticated fabric upholstery. Lots of good options there.
Next up, the window at Adairs caught my eye. Their bedding and children’s furniture is right on-trend. I spotted the fun Pop Princess doona cover and pillow case that I knew my daughter would love – white with black zigzags, light blue, spearmint green, pale peach and a sprinkling of gold foil. The pastels look great with the mint walls, and the black adds a grown-up touch.
The doona set the scene for the other pieces – I picked out two sheet sets (Fresh by Home Republic fitted sheet, flat sheet and pillow case) that work well together and means that there is always an option that will work on washing day. One was a block seafoam, the other a white set with black hand-painted dots. I also spotted a white pillowcase with black grid pattern that is on-trend and will work with all the other pieces. I knew that I wanted a hero feature cushion and that was without a doubt the fun round Miss Suzie pom-pom cushion by Rebecca Judd Loves Adairs Kids. Continuing the pom pom theme, I found a fun garland with brighter versions of the pastel colours in the bed linen. Bed sorted! (I also have my eye on the fun Timber Toy Boxes boxes for keeping all those softies in check.)
I spent a few minutes in OZ Design Furniture and loved the artworks, especially the bright dreamcatchers and toucans. There was also a great wall mirror with white border that I have my eye on.
Harvey Norman has a really great range of beds and lots of bed linen brands to choose from; I spent some time being inspired by the mini bedroom scenes.
Top3 By Design is a always a must-browse store for me at the Supa Centa. Owner Terri Winter does a great job of curating her favourite three items in each homewares category and strongly supports Australian designers as well as classic international design. I couldn’t resist the Normann Copenhagen NM Tablo Table which is a generous size and great for holding half-read books, water bottles and tissues as a bedside table. I also love the Componibili side table by Anna Castelli Ferrieri for Kartell, with its sliding doors for hiding secret things.
I was looking for a layering piece and picked up a beautiful 100% lambswool throw from Avoca Mills in Ireland, also from Top3 by Design. This is a quality piece that is great at the end of the bed, and doubles duty as a throw for the couch too.
I’ve had my eye on the Muuto The Dots wall hooks for a long time, and Top3 by Design had a fun collection in colours that look great in my daughter’s room, so I picked up four dots in different sizes in rose, petrol, grey and white that look great on the wall as-is, and are useful for hanging bags, ribbons and necklaces.
After all that browsing I had serious shopping fatigue, so finished up at the brand new The Depot cafe on the top floor of the centre for a (very good) coffee and bacon and egg roll. The cafe has a great aesthetic, plenty of seating and was buzzing on the Saturday afternoon that I was there.
Back home, there were squeals of delight with my finds. We had a lot of fun updating the room and adding all the new pieces along with her favourites, and retiring a few that will go to the charity store.
If you would like more kids’ room decorating ideas, I feature lots of Australian children’s rooms on my blog Bondville (www.stephbond.com). It’s great that we can offer our kids a creatively stimulating place to grow up, but don’t fret – it’s all about what they like; and if that means Peppa Pig and boy band posters on the walls, go for it.
By Steph Bond-Hutkin, Bondville, www.stephbond.com