Playful DesignPublished on November 16, 2022

  • Room Design: Tanya Collins Designs
    Photo by: Mark Holleron

  • Room Design: Tanya Collins Designs
    Photo by: Mark Holleron

Decorating children’s rooms is less constricting than designing adult spaces. Rules don’t always apply, and the area should be playful. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be stylish and in keeping with other rooms in the house.

First, consider the child’s age and decide how long they will be in the space and whether there is a need for adaptation from crib to bed. Some nurseries are designed for that sole purpose, and a child transitions to another bedroom when it’s time to take the next step—into a bed. A designated nursery should consider that the next inhabitant might not feel at home in an overtly masculine or feminine space, so ideally, choosing gender-neutral décor is wise.

A clever way to inject personality into a child’s bedroom is floor coverings. A fun carpet will go a long way to adding that extra touch. The same is true for draperies. Not only do window coverings offer black‑out options for a good night’s sleep, but they can be a great way to bring in pattern and colour without going overboard.

Bedding with flair can mean adding a patterned pillowcase to a bed dressed in a solid colour. Children’s spaces are all about the little details in décor. Paint doors a fun colour and leave the walls neutral to make room for bookcases and children’s artwork. It will be easy to change the pillows and door colour as the child grows older, tastes change, or someone else takes over the space.

Sustainability is right on trend for 2023 so looking for vintage, repurposed items is all the rage. Hunt for bookcases, dressers and bedside tables that beg to be painted and choose bright colours to add flair to the room. Starting with a neutral scheme and then layering in thoughtful pattern and colour will create eye appealing rooms to please both parents and kids.

Mary Taggart

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