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5 Children’s Room Essentials

This week we got together with Shuayb Patel from OWO Living to compile a short list of 5 essential things that all children’s rooms should have. From their earliest days through to being a toddler and eventually a young teen, a child’s bedroom can be a place that actively encourages fun whilst still being effortlessly practical at all times - but how do you strike that perfect balance?

Here's our 5 essentials for any kids’ bedroom from fun-inspiring wallpaper to smart storage solutions. 

Wonderful walls.

 Warm grey dinosaur wallpaper

As it’s the room where your little darlings will spend much of their days & nights, the bedroom should be a space where they love to spend their time. Using gorgeous colour and patterns children’s wallpaper is a great place to start in your quest to inspire creativity. 

Whether your little ones are dinosaur mad or simply can’t get enough of farm animals, channel their love by bringing it to life on their bedroom walls. If you’re worried that their obsession with planets might just be a passing phase, why not opt for a fun wallpaper option that will never go out of fashion? This way, you can keep your wallpaper for longer than a few weeks and add different accessories to the room as your children’s passions change.

A multi-functional bed.

Fun Kid's Hot air Balloon Bed

While it might be tempting to splash out on a themed bed for your princess-obsessed 5 year old, come her next birthday, you might find that she’s unwilling to sleep in a bright pink castle shaped bed. We’d recommend opting for something a little simpler like an ottoman storage bed, which could be a better long-term solution to your problems by doubling-up as a functional storage space for all those toys. From there, simply switch up the bedding, curtains and rugs to match your little ones’ latest fixation.

 A splash of personality.

 Kids Own Art Work On Display

As they grow, your children will be keen to express themselves in their own ways, and their bedroom is the perfect canvas. From the name sign on the door to the colour of the furniture, nothing puts a stamp on a child’s bedroom quite like adding in some personality. Here’s your chance to get them involved in making this space their own. 

Depending on their age, you can also begin introducing chores and responsibilities. This could be anything from putting their laundry in a basket and watering a plant to feeding and cleaning out a pet’s tank. Whatever works for your family, these small jobs will serve as a useful tool in putting them on the path to independence from a young age.

Smart storage.

 Smart Kids Storage Ideas

As any parent knows, there’s simply never enough storage. And if you have more than one child you’re bound to need more space. With this in mind, when it comes to storage space, you’ll need to get creative. 

Floor space is precious so, from hanging shoe racks for stuffed animals to shelf-mounted jars for pencils and crayons, it’s time to think outside the box. Baskets, drawers and trays can all provide handy storage solutions, so head over to Pinterest to find your next dose of inspiration.

Creative added extras.

If you’re a minimalist kinda’ person the idea of toys strewn around the bedroom on a daily basis is probably enough to make you break out into a sweat. But kids are at their happiest when surrounded by their favourite playthings. 

If your child is proving to be a budding artist or keen astronomer, why not encourage this within their own bedroom? Whether it’s books they’re particularly fond of reading, or paintings they’re especially proud of, get these little added extras out on display for all to see.

Kids Book shelf display

So, whether you’re combining education & design with animal wallpaper or putting your little ones’ artistic skills to use by having them create their own pencil pots, toy boxes and more, by following these 5 tips you can inject a little creativity and personality into your children’s bedrooms.

Victoria & Shuayb x

Oh brother! (and sister).

I’ve just realised that my two signature wallpaper designs feature sibling relationships.

I shouldn’t be surprised because I made the first wallpaper for my twin sons and I was brought up with one sister but there you are. 

Hadn’t properly noticed until I was looking for a present for my sister’s birthday this week and vaguely wondering if I could get away with a couple of rolls of General Miss Chief (I really can’t).

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Another rather smashing children's wallpaper.

I’ve always said I love Roald Dahl, and I do.  But I think I might love his illustrator Quentin Blake even more. 

His wonderful wallpaper collection from Osbourne and Little is called Zagazoo and I love his quirky Cockatoos, particularly.  

Blake’s famous for drawing with quill pens and scratchy nibs so his drawings are as full of ‘mistakes’ and surprise as the messy situations his characters find themselves in. 

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Velvet

I love velvet. 

I always wanted a Weimaraner dog mainly because they look and feel like the most luxurious silver-grey hammered velvet.

I only gave up on my dream of having one when I realized they need 6 hours of running about a day, and chase deer and – long story short - I settled for a pup that looks more like the slut-wool that gathers under the kitchen cabinets but is happy just to trot round the block now and again.

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