Archive for the ‘Children’s rooms and decor’ Category

Top Tips for Accessorising your Child’s Bedrooms

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Tree wall sticker

Redecorating your child’s bedroom can sometimes feel like fighting an impossible battle. After all, you want to give their room a makeover that they will love, but that’s also practical, inexpensive and will survive their many changes of mind.

The easiest way to meet all these criteria is through accessorising rather than going for a full-blown makeover. By doing this you avoid committing to a huge decorating project and of course will save a lot of money too.

There are plenty of homeware companies that provide fun yet practical accessories for children’s bedrooms, like Vertbaudet, whose new children’s bedroom range is sure to inspire. To start you on your path to an affordable makeover, here are three top tips for making a room that you and your child will fall in love with.

Colourful curtains

Animal theme children's bedroom ideas

One of the easiest ways to brighten up a room is through soft furnishings like bedding and curtains. Curtains can be a good choice to make as they are usually inexpensive and there’s so much choice available that you can easily get hold of them in your child’s favourite colour.

If there’s a special print or character they like, why not buy some fabric and try making your own for a truly unique look?

Wall Stickers

Children's decor room stickers

Kids love to join in with decorating projects, and an easy way to get them involved without making a mess is by letting them choose some wall stickers. Lots of places sell packs of themed stickers so whether they’re a fan of cars, spaceships or butterflies you’ll be able to find something to give their room an instant makeover.

Why not let them choose how to arrange the stickers to give them a sense of control over the look of their room? As soon as they change their mind about what they like, you can just peel off the stickers and start again.

Projector lamp

Project stars on the wall

Transform your child’s bedroom with a patterned projector lamp. You can get hold of one of these for fairly little cost from most homeware stores and there are plenty of themes to choose from.

One of the best is this lovely star lamp which projects the night sky onto the walls and ceiling. With just a flick of a switch you can change their room back to normal. A projection lamp is also ideal for soothing children who are afraid of the dark.

***This guest post is in association with Vertbaudet***

Letter A shaped bookcase for children’s room

Monday, February 25th, 2013
Bold and bright nursery furniture and storage

Colourful bookcase

If you’re looking for a contemporary storage solution for a child’s bedroom, then how about this bold and vibrant bookcase?

Designed in the shape of a letter A, the bookcase is equipped with plenty of shelves on which to store books and toys and it’s finished in a lively lime green shade. It would make a great addition to a child’s bedroom or nursery.

The A shaped bookcase is £269 from Maisons du Monde.

Fresh Design Ideas: Wallpaper for decorating children’s rooms

Monday, January 7th, 2013

 Best wallpaper for children's bedrooms



Does your child’s bedroom need a makeover? There are some lovely wallpapers available for decorating children’s rooms – here are some of our favourite designs.

1. PaperBoy Dya Think-e-Saurus dinosaur wallpaper - £60 from PaperBoy Wallpaper

2. Harlequin What a Hoot wallpaper – £30 from John Lewis

3. Enchanted woodland wallpaper – £70 from Nubie Modern Kids Boutique

4. Mr Perswall Fish Wish wallpaper – £65 from Wallpaper Direct

5. Osborne & Little Quentin Blake Cocatoos wallpaper - £37 from
Wallpaper Direct

6. ISAK penguin design wallpaper – £40 from Caroline McGrath

7. Boat wallpaper £25 from Cath Kidston

8. Fayre’s Fair wallpaper in mustard – £45 from Mini Moderns

Gum Ball felt rug from Olli Ella

Monday, September 17th, 2012
Stylish modern decor for a contemporary nursery

Gum Ball felt rug

Olli Ella specialise in designing stylish decor for modern nurseries and one of their new additions is this gum ball rug.

The rug is made by hand in Nepal using an array of colourful felted wool balls.

The colour palette, which includes a dash of pink and blue, with orange, white and warm musk, would work well in a contemporary nursery, but could be just as suitable for use in other rooms in your home too.

The round gum ball felt rug measures 100cm in diameter and costs £249 from Olli Ella.

Fresh Design bargain: Word search clock

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012
Novelty wall clock ideas

Find the words to tell the time

This is a bit of a novelty item, but this word search clock could be a fun timepiece for a child’s room.

When the clock first arrives, you have to find the numbers to help tell the time – by circling them, you’ll create a typical clock face layout.

In addition, there are 14 other words hidden in the word search, which children will enjoy spotting.

The good news is the clock is a bit of a bargain! It was £31.99, but is now reduced to £12.79 at Firebox.

Creating the Perfect Child’s Room

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Bunk bed for child's room

All kids are different, and you may feel like you’ve got your work cut out for you when trying to find a room design that makes them happy. Add to this the fact that your child’s tastes will change as they get older, and you’ll see why it’s vital to get it just right if you don’t want to keep redecorating every couple of years!

The key to the perfect kid’s room is to choose a theme, but don’t overdo it. For instance, if they like skateboarding, why not buy some cheap skateboards and use them as shelves? Or if it’s horses, use silhouette wall stickers instead of wallpaper – they look cooler and can be peeled off if they’re no longer required! It’s usually best to paint walls with tough, wipeable emulsion rather than using wallpaper – as well as being more hard-wearing, it’s cheaper and gives you more design options.

As in any bedroom, the bed should be the centrepiece of the room. Children’s beds come in all shapes and sizes, and can be chosen to suit the theme. However, don’t worry if you can’t find that perfect race car bed – just choose something simple and classic and then decorate it with duvet and pillow covers. Check out the range of kids’ beds from for some ideas – you’ll be able to find everything from bunk to cabin beds.

If your children are school age, it’s important to give them a space to work – a desk by the window will encourage them to do their homework there. Items like laundry hampers, shelving and storage boxes allow them to organise their belongings instead of leaving them on the floor, making less work for Mum and Dad. Finally, you can brighten things up with a few accessories – cushions, bean bags and funky lampshades will all bring a room to life.

***This post is in association with Time4Sleep***

Vitra Eames elephant stool

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012
Designer Eames stool chair furniture

Elephant stool

What’s not to love about an elephant stool?

Originally designed in 1945 by Charles and Ray Eames, the Vitra elephant stool is a classic design with contemporary appeal.

This iconic piece of furniture is made from a matt finish polypropylene and it’s available in a wide choice of colours, including ice grey, white, green, pink and red. It’s a lovely addition for a children’s bedroom or nursery.

The Eames elephant stools are available from Heal’s, where they’re currently reduced in the sale.

Mr Perswall Fish Wish wallpaper

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012
Colourful geometric wallpaper

Fish Wish wallpaper

Who knew fish wallpaper could be so alluring?

From a distance, we didn’t realise at first that this wallpaper featured a fish design – it simply looked like an amazing rainbow coloured wall – but up close the design becomes apparent.

Children's bedroom wallpaper murals

Made by Mr Perswall and part of the Hide and Seek collection, the fish wallpaper is marketed as a fun wallpaper for a child’s bedroom or nursery, but we rather fancy it ourselves!

The paper comes in the form of wallpaper mural panels (265cm high by 90cm wide), rather than rolls of wallpaper, and looks stunning on a wall.

Fish Wish is available from Wallpaper Direct for £65.

Contemporary design red lacquer rocking horse

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012
Contemporary rocking horse for a modern family home

J.I.M design rocking horse

It’s not quite our normal offering, but we couldn’t resist including this rocking horse, as we love the design of it.

The piece is designed by J.I.M, a creative design firm based in Berlin, and the rocking horse is made from birch plywood, finished off with a high quality red lacquer.

It’s a great alternative to a traditional rocking horse and we’re sure the clean lines of this contemporary version will look great in both a living room or nursery.

The rocking horse was originally priced at £319, but is currently reduced to only £89 from Fashion For Home.

ISAK penguin wallpaper

Friday, November 25th, 2011
Cute children's penguin wallpaper

Penguin wallpaper

Maybe we’ve been watching too much Frozen Planet, but we’re rather taken by this penguin wallpaper.

It’s designed by ISAK and printed in a suitably icy turquoise blue (other colour options are available too) and would be perfect for use in a child’s bedroom.

The penguin wallpaper is available for £38.50 per roll from Bodie and Fou.

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