Photo Gallery: Editors’ Favourite Kids’ Rooms
See why these bedrooms work so well.
“I love everything about this room, but I especially love the wallpaper,” says assistant design editor Kai Ethier. “I like that it isn’t a ‘kiddie’ paper. A child could easily grow with this pattern. I just wallpapered my daughter’s room and it really makes the room special.”
Senior design editor Sarah Hartill squeezed two twin beds with storage drawers into son Tate’s bedroom. They don’t take up much floor space, so he can play freely on the floor with cars and Lego.
“I bought a beautiful rug for my daughter Phoebe’s room,” says Morgan. “When she saw it, she said: ‘I can’t dance on that!'”
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Sarah designated a dresser to display DIY art and mementos by her son Grayson. “He makes his own Lego creations and likes to show them off,” she explains.
Senior style editor Morgan Michener says her kids each have a big wall where they can hang posters and play with washi tape. “I don’t fret over it, I make it their place to be creative.”
“I had smaller area rugs and they were a bad investment,” says senior design editor Sally Armstrong. “They were constantly bunching up, it drove me nuts. It’s better to do wall-to-wall carpet or a pick a really generous sized rug.” The bedroom (shown) of Ali Yaphe’s son Charlie has a sophisticated neutral palette that will grow with him, and a rug is more comfortable to play on than a bare floor.
“This room mixes styles: it’s a bit modern, a bit eco-chic and a bit boho,” says managing editor Katie Hayden. “The bunk bed by Oeuf is lovely — it’s an understated blank slate, but the natural wood finish gives it a hint of warm that’s echoed by the floor. And then the huge, cushy white pillows with the mismatched floral and Pucci-style bedding pieces adds carefree feminine flair. It’s the perfect refuge for a young girl.”
Homeowner Susan Dyer has two areas in daughter Penelope’s bedroom where she can lose herself in stacks of books: the cosy teepee or Eames rocker.
“I struggle with tech,” admits Morgan, whose children are older. “Make rules: the computer and phone have to stay on the desk or they end up falling off the bed.”
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Keep shelves low so children can access them and keep their rooms tidy. In this bedroom designed by Sarah, crates are an easy and inexpensive alternative to shelves.
“Rooms are more successful when there is less ‘stuff’ in them — you need storage to hide things,” explains Morgan.
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Style editor Stacey Smithers put a map up in her son’s room because it adapts as the child grows. “In the beginning, it’s all about the colour, but as kids mature and start reading, they can really learn a lot about the world through maps,” she explains. For a pop of pattern, large-scale maps can be an affordable alternative to wallpaper.
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1. A map, like this one from Schoolhouse Electric, is visually stimulating and captivating, and serves as instant wallpaper that’s easy to change.
2. For a chalkboard wall, think outside the box! See Annie Sloan’s line of colourful chalkboard paints that you could use instead of black.
3. Add a personal touch with an inexpensive paper party banner with your child’s name.
4. A task lamp is key for reading nooks — try this touch-to-turn-on version by The Home Depot. (Even toddler’s can turn it on and off!)
5. A Hudson’s Bay point blanket is a classic bedding investment — colourful without being too childish.
6. Provide easy storage for fast tidying, like these baskets from West Elm.
7. Create a workstation with a desk surface that easily folds away to hide clutter, like this one from Ikea.
8. Unleash imaginations with a play tent, like this one from Ella + Elliot.
9. Get items off the floor and onto a good looking bookcase, like this one from EQ3. (Make sure tall items are always secured to the wall for safety.)