Photo Gallery: Editors' Favourite Kids' Rooms

House & Home editors who are also moms have experienced firsthand the challenges of balancing beautiful design with Spiderman bedding. Learn tips from editors Katie Hayden, Sally Armstrong, Sarah Hartill, Morgan Michener, Stacey Smithers and Kai Ethier about decorating kids' rooms, choosing products for timeless design, and keeping things fun!

  • Wallpapered Girls' Bedroom

    Choose timeless prints and colours.

    "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."

    Source: Vogue January 2013 issue
    Photographer: François Halard
  • Uncluttered Boy's Bedroom

    Give kids room to play.

    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!'"

    Tour Sarah Hartill's home on Online TV.

    Source: House & Home February 2014 issue
    Stylist: Sarah Hartill
    Photographer: Michael Graydon
  • Fun Kid's Dresser

    Offer display opportunities.

    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."

    Source: House & Home February 2014 issue
    Stylist: Sarah Hartill
    Photographer: Michael Graydon
  • Neutral Boy's Bedroom

    Choose an oversized rug.

    "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.

    Source: House & Home January 2014 issue
    Photographer: Donna Griffith
    Designer: Mazen El-Abdallah

  • Girly Bunk Beds

    Combine styles for a fun, casual look.

    "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."

    Source: House & Home May 2013 issue
    Photographer: Kim Jeffery
    Designer: Lynn Appleby

  • Fun Reading Nook

    Nuture a love of books with a special spot.

    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.

    Source: House & Home November 2012 issue
    Photographer: Virginia Macdonald
  • Soft & Feminine Bedding

    Let kids choose their own linens.

    This is one battle parents may be willing to lose. Even though the bedding in the home of Katherine Yaphe's daughter, Sophie, is lovely, sometimes kids push for a more unconventional option. "Everything changes so quickly," notes Sarah. "If my kids want Spiderman pillowcases, I let them have them rather than indulging in a whole theme room. Bedding will still match with my stuff, and sooner or later they will be onto something else."

    Tour this home on Online TV.

    Source: House & Home April 2012 issue
    Photographer: Angus Fergusson
  • Timeless Kid's Bed

    Don't skimp on this staple.

    "You want a bed to last as long as possible," says Sally. She recommends selecting a modern, neutral version with built-in drawers or a trundle.

    Morgan likes a bed with "history," using hospital beds that have stood the test of time in both of her kids' rooms.

    Tour this bedroom on Online TV.

    Source: H&H Online TV
    Stylist: Sarah Hartill
  • Craft Area

    Create a designated work space.

    Even young children need a spot to draw and craft. Sarah made sure the bedroom of three-year-old Joaquin, son of La Merceria owner Sandra Rojas-Chinni, had a small table and vintage-style chairs.

     

    "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."

    Read more about Sandra Rojas-Chinni.

    Stylist: Sarah Hartill
  • Crates As Bookshelves

    Keep shelves low and accessible.

    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.

    Tour this bedroom on Online TV.

    Stylist: Sarah Hartill
  • A Map That Grows With Kids

    Opt for educational wall coverings.

    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.

    Tour this bedroom on Online TV.

    Stylist: Stacey Smithers
  • In Summary

    From blackboard paint to bunting, Morgan lists 9 classic products that never go out of style in children's rooms.

    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.)

    Source: House & Home February 2010 issue
    Stylist: Tanya Linton
    Photographer: Donna Griffith