A headboard is upholstered in a sophisticated ikat print in vibrant colors.
A room for two brothers, featured in Country Living, includes framed anchor prints and throw pillows to enhance the seafaring vibe.
A girl’s bedroom includes baskets tucked under a bench to conquer clutter.
AP photos/Country Living, Max Kim-Bee,
Bedroom decor for modern kids
- Article by: KIM COOK
- Associated Press
- November 1, 2013 - 5:18 PM
Like a lot of modern decor, children’s rooms are enjoying a rethinking.
No longer restrained by old-school ideals for juvenile decor, these spaces now feature elements that transcend genres and traditional gender themes. Decorators and retailers offer options that fling the design doors wide open — and how much fun is that for a child?
So let’s check out what’s cool, cozy and clever for kid’s rooms.
New York designer Amanda Nisbet uses elements like pop art, ’70s modern furniture, and crisp, energetic hues such as bright yellow, soda orange and magenta to make bedrooms lively, friendly and fun.
Nancy Twomey of Alexandria, Va., blends neutrals with dashes of gentle color — soft coral, sea blue, fresh pea green — and adds such whimsical notes as mirrored rabbit decals, papier-mâché safari animal wall art and ceramic tree-stump tables to create charming, sophisticated rooms that children could enjoy from crib to college.
In modern families, some kids divide their sleeping time between a couple of households, often in rooms that serve another function when the child isn’t there. Providing such spaces requires a little extra thought and ingenuity, said Josee Berlin, U.S. design leader for Ikea North America. The aim is to help children feel at ease in their sleeping area.
“A child’s own space can be as simple as a soft, comfortable, cozy bed. Smart options like the old-fashioned, tried-and-true bunk bed can really transform a space for many children,” Berlin said. Ikea’s Kritter, Gulliver and Hemnes models would serve well as daybeds.
A curtained rod can divide a room such as an office or large bedroom into smaller spaces for young visitors. Get something comfy underfoot — a fluffy, fun shag or a warm, flat-weave rug. If carpet isn’t an option, heat the bedroom floors from below.
It’s best not to make the theme of a child’s room too narrow, advised Jami Supsic, an editor at Country Living magazine.
“A stumbling block for many when they design their child’s rooms is that they make it all about the time period the child’s in at that moment. This leaves no room for growth or change,” she said. “Use accessories and toys to identify the age of your child, but leave walls, window treatments and furnishings mature.”
If your daughter loves princesses, don’t buy princess-themed everything from bedding to wallpaper. Instead, go with an overall look that suggests the theme; ruffles, damask and crystals do the job, Supsic said. “They say girly girl, without saying baby girl.”
French chateau-inspired furnishings — chandeliers, mirrors, rugs and furniture — set the stage. You can add tiara-emblazoned pillows, regal dollhouses, and other toys and accessories. Editing over time will honor an early obsession, yet reflect her developing maturity.
Kids who love magical-themed stories might like animal- or star-shaped table lamps, moody hues like deep violet or charcoal gray, and inventive and modular furniture that suggests a place of enchantment. Imagine Living has a bear-shaped side table, and another that looks like a mushroom.
For boys who love dinosaurs or ships, consider framing the bedroom in colors that evoke that interest — a palette of greens and grays, perhaps, or oceanic blues and whites. Layer in creative elements that spark imagination. Reptile fans might love some of the photographic nature posters at www.zazzle.com.
Graphic imagery and patterns with a modern vibe can be found in nautical elements like wall-mounted anchors and sail flags, as well as shell shadow boxes and seashore-inspired decals.
“An upholstered headboard in a boy’s room can be masculine and tailored, yet soft and comforting,” said Supsic.
Check out Land of Nod for eye-catching collections that reference themes that kids relate to: Woodland Fairytale, Vintage Explorer and Black & White tap into storybook, adventure and artistic imagery (www.landofnod.com).
Inspire an interest in the big wide world with tribal patterned bedding, pieces of African or Asian art, and accessories that open children’s minds to the globe. A collection of elephants on a bookcase; a recycled toy basket made halfway across the world; an origami mobile. Exposing children to other cultures just may be the most modern design move we can make.
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