I love decorating kid’s rooms … I think they should be whimsical, colorful and spark imagination … but they also need to stand the test of time so you’re not redecorating every year or two. And while, as a parent, you may be the one picking the furniture, lamps, fabrics, etc. … a child’s room should be just that … his or her own place to put their special treasures, memories, collectibles and the like. It should have the fingerprints of their personality all over it.
Here are some pictures of my oldest son Kyle’s room.
I had them blown up and printed on gallery-wrapped canvas. We love the vintage woody and the pops of color the surfboards and “surfer’s crossing” sign bring to the room. Plus, they have special meaning to both Kyle … he can say that “Pa” took them … and to me, as they evoke memories of many sunny sand-filled days in my childhood.
The lamp in the above picture was a steal I found at Target … I’ve seen much more expensive versions of this beach glass style at other stores. The base and shade are sold separately, which I love, so I was able to pick out a nice textured burlap fabric for the shade. The colorful buoys I purchased from Wisteria, and of course, the starfish collection is Kyle’s own.
The paint color inspiration for this room was taken from Serena & Lily’s Chambray. I purchased a sample from their website and then had it matched at Home Depot. To me it is the perfect soft blue for a boy’s room.
The bedding is also inspired by this look from Serena & Lily. Their catalog business was pretty new when I was designing Kyle’s room, and when it first hit my mailbox I was so excited by this company that was creating kids’ room using sophisticated colors, patterns, furniture and antiques … especially in boys rooms where it’s usually harder to find inspiration. I thought this room was especially swoon worthy.
|George Bedding Collection|
While we did purchase several things for Kyle’s room from traditional children’s stores, I think the key to creating a more sophisticated room is to mix in some things from “regular” stores as well. Those are the things that will bring longevity to a room.
Some future ideas for the space include finding a great, vintage authentic surfboard to hang on the wall, to do something with paint … either a large wide yellow stripe around the room or to paint the ceiling a bright yellow like this one I spotted in a nursery designed by Sherry Hart.
What are some of your favorite ideas for creating design-friendly rooms your kids still love?