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Kids Bedrooms: 7 Tips to Keep Them Happy

Children grow up so quickly, it’s hard to keep up with them, particularly style-wise! There are so many things to consider – wallpaper, rugs, storage options, cushions and bedding. Caroline Chin-Geyler of Arete Culture passes on some useful tips on how to create a stylish kids bedroom that your child will grow into, not out of!

Boys bedroom
Keep the colour palette clean and add few crisp pops of colour

Tip 1:

It has become increasingly common for parents to create bedrooms for their children that are timeless and sophisticated, and that they won’t grow out of. This can be done by keeping the colour palette clean, and adding a few crisp pops of colour. To start, give the room a fresh coat of paint. I love the look of feature walls in kids’ rooms; and for something with a little more drama, complement a painted feature wall with wallpaper.

Tip 2:

Design your colour palette with longevity in mind, but remember: longevity doesn’t have to mean boring neutrals! I like to use a base of grey or soft grey blue as a foundational neutral, which works in both girls’ and boys’ rooms. Inject colour with splashes of fresh yellow or tangerine for a modern twist.

Tip 3:

Children’s bedrooms can get messy fast, so storage is essential. Functional storage options like baskets to hold all their bits and bobs will keep the bedroom clear and free up floor space, thus reducing the visual clutter. Baskets also give younger children easy access to their toys, while making tidying up less of a hassle.

Girls bedroom
“Choose your colour palette with longevity in mind, but remember: longevity doesn’t have to mean boring neutrals!”

Tip 4:

For older children, add vertical storage options like floating shelves to provide extra surface space to display keepsakes and organise school projects.

Tip 5:

The key to creating a cosy bedroom is to layer your textiles. You need to consider three main elements: rugs, cushions and coordinated bedding. Keep these elements within your colour palette to pull the room together.

Kids desk and shelves
Use a neutral palette as your base and inject energy with prints and layered textiles, making sure you have plenty of storage to keep clutter at bay.

Tip 6:

Introduce poufs or ottomans in statement designs and prints to inject energy into the room and give it a fun yet inviting feel. This provides additional functional seating for visiting friends and gives children a soft surface to jump or lounge around on. It also provides a lower point of focus in the room which, by keeping the eye moving, adds visual interest.

Tip 7:

Add artwork! Artwork is a great feature in children’s bedrooms, allowing them to express their individuality while also giving the room a focal point. Again, choose a piece in complementary tones to keep the look cohesive.

Kids bedroom
Artwork helps children express their individuality


Deer Industries (“for a wide range of accessories and furniture, as well as storage solutions”)
9485 4430 | deerindustries.com

IKEA (“probably our most frequented store when decorating kids’ bedrooms!”)

Ni-Night (“has a great selection of durable rugs, bedding, and accessories”)
7 Joo Chiat Place
6440 7567 | ni-night.com

Arete Culture
#06-01 Tan Boon Liat Building
315 Outram Road
9640 3829 | areteculture.com

This article first appeared in the February 2017 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase a copy or subscribe so you never miss an issue!

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