Smart and sophisticated ideas for children’s rooms

Add an air of magic to a child's room with striking features.

Putting together a cohesive, creative and practical scheme for a child’s bedroom is no mean feat. The key is to introduce flexible and accessible storage, colourful accents, and one or two striking elements for a look that can evolve as your child grows.

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1. SMARTEN UP

Choose a colour scheme and functional furniture that can be effortlessly adapted as they grow and have fun doing the decoration together. The feature wall adds interest and helps to define the desk area. It only takes one wall to give a room the wow factor. Generally your feature wall will be the one you see first when entering a room but you could choose one behind a key piece of furniture such as a desk or bed.

Children's room ideas

Image credit: Davide Lovatti

2. COLOUR POP

Introducing some fun elements into a simple scheme will ring the changes. ‘The zeitgeist is to avoid trends – instead embrace your children’s passions and interests,’ advises Olive Loves Alfie’s Ashlyn Gibson. Take a colour they love, and use it to create a grown-up scheme that is as fun as it is sophisticated. This rather daring scheme is a work of art.

Children's room ideas

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3. WILD SIDE

Forget stereotypes of cheap fabric and tacky design. Used in the right way, animal motifs can add a real sense of sophistication to a scheme. A children’s room is an ideal setting for a strong print, and an easy way to work animal motifs. This wallpaper is a modern take on the classic leopard print, and used in a soft blue colour, it really comes into its own.

Children's room ideas

Image credit: Davide Lovatti

4. MONOCHROME MAGIC

A black-and-white colour scheme can work equally well in a children’s room. This space has a neat, tailored finish that is smart and practical. Break up the pops of black with as many colours as you like to create a striking look.

children's room ideas

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5. CHILD’S PLAY

Children’s rooms are the perfect place to let your imagination go wild, especially when it comes to decoration. Bright colours, quirky furniture and playful accessories will create a personalised space for your little (or not so little) one. Give them a play room that is fun, interactive and the perfect place to unwind after a ‘hard’ day at school.

children's room ideas

Image credit: Davide Lovatti

These homes were part of our House Tours Event 10 & 11 October 2019, sponsored by Heals, Roger Oates, Thomas Sanderson and Yves Delorme.

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