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4 Home Style Ideas to Steal from Kids’ Bedrooms

My nieces came over to my apartment for the first time last week and the eldest, Olivia, who is 6, turned to me and said “You have a beautiful apartment. And I really mean it”. Clearly she is now my favourite, but her comments made me think about how kids view design, what they love and why their bedrooms rock so much.

In this post, I’m sharing 4 style ideas you can get from kids bedrooms. Spread these concepts across your whole home and benefit from the fun they can bring to your space!

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1. You need to get yourself a nook

Kids rooms are places of imagination, full of fun and with little pockets to unwind, play and read in. This is a concept that adults fail to implement so often. You need to get yourself a nook in your home and make it yours ASAP. Whether it’s a desk to pop your laptop on (flowers and a candle would be mandatory here!) or an armchair you can unwind and read a book in, a space like this is imperative for your mental health. Everyone needs a zone they can feel belongs exclusively to them – where ideas can come alive and where you can feel your sense of individuality is truly reflected.

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2. Display your cute, everyday items

You don’t live in a show home, nor is your space about to have Neale, Shaynna and Darren walk into it at any moment to give it a style critique. With this in mind, it’s important you display your everyday knick-knacks and mementos, the way kids rooms have their cherished possessions out for the world to see. The interiors universe is hung up on storage and minimalism at the moment, and while I’m all for things having their place and keeping your home tidy, it shouldn’t come at the cost of your space feeling soulless and clinical. There are abundant ways you can display your everyday items in stylish, unique ways, so explore getting your memories out on walls and tables!

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3. Inject a little whimsy and you’ll smile more often!

I’ve never been drawn to high end or luxurious homes, so mine is full of whimsy and odd items that would probably be considered tacky by top designers. It’s important, no matter what interior aesthetic you’re into, that your space have a little bit of whimsy in it. Kids rooms do this wonderfully, but you don’t have to be uber-colourful or juvenile in execution to make your space fun.

Introduce a cute cushion, a colourful ornament or unique lighting to bring whimsy into your space without going too over the top. Room design that contains a cheeky grin or little wink is so wonderful to experience. Try it and I reckon you’ll smile more often – no doubt!

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4. Go bold or go home

I’m not getting down on anyone who enjoys a subdued colour palette (I’ve seen some amazing beige spaces in my time), but if you’ve ever considered adding colour to your space, take this as your invite to do it with gusto! Kids rooms are unapologetically bold and colourful, often playing with pattern and mixing colours together you might not normally combine. I don’t suggest you make your entire home an homage to the rainbow, but consider colourful pockets, bold vignettes and cushions or bedding that clash pattern for a vibrant visual story. You’re in your home an awful lot (especially if you’re a homebody like me), so you should look at it and feel inspired.

What are your thoughts on injecting childlike design into your space? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below. What are some ideas you’ve gotten from your kids’ room?

Image one and four via Cotton On Kids, two via Pinterest and three via Country Road.


Chris Carroll

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He’s also spent time on TV, on Channel 10’s Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7’s Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you’d like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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I’m interior designer Chris Carroll, and at TLC Interiors we’re all about helping you create an amazing home without breaking the bank. It’s affordable designer style at its best, and we make the whole process easy and fun for clients & readers alike!

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