Our latest Inspirational Collections edit is one for the wee bairns of your clan. We’ve pulled together toys, nightlights, pyjamas and more to kit out your kid’s room from daytime play to evening lullabies. We caught up with QVC Ambassador and homeware designer extraordinaire Amanda Holden for some handy advice on nailing The Kid’s Room.
“Kid’s rooms are brilliant because you can go over the top.” Amanda says, “I loved decorating my girls rooms. Lexi and Holly are both absolute princesses. They love pink and everything to do with dolls, so we just followed their lead and ran with it.”
With a keen eye for creative interiors and the BundleBerry range packed with accessories and furniture perfect for your chid’s room, the stage and screen star has a fair few nuggets of nifty advice to share.
Think of their room as you would a school uniform. They are going to grow in the blink of an eye, and their tastes will evolve with them. We decorated Lexi’s room when she was about 10 and had to think about the future. We couldn’t go too pink, because we knew by the time she turns 13 she would want to redecorate… and we wouldn’t.
Once you’ve decided on your colour scheme, here are a few of my top accessories and storage. The BundleBerry trunk set is perfect for sitting at the end of their bed or by a window. We have them in both of the girls’ bedrooms and they’re fantastic for storing dolls and other knick-knacks. I throw absolutely everything in there when I need to tidy the whole room up quickly. They’re the perfect disguise for your kid’s clutter.
My Ethel chair is perfect for everything from breastfeeding to story time. The shape is really supportive and comfortable, plus it looks stylish whether left bare or with a large pillow popped on top. It’s also a really meaningful piece for me, as it’s inspired by chairs my grandparents had in their house during my childhood. I used to sit on them when I was younger and just watch my parents, whether they were getting ready to go out or pottering about. This kind of chair is perfect for children to sit on whenever they want to have time out for themselves.
A large lamp is perfect for creating a softer setting. The concrete- look lamp with a bright cord from my new collection is a great size and adds a pop of colour too. I love to add touches of colour whenever I can, like with my modern industrial-look side table featuring a true blue drawer. This is the perfect height for them to keep all of their most treasured possessions safe.
Give them full reign (well, almost)
With Lexi’s room, we created a feature wall using floral wallpaper. I shortlisted our original selection to what I loved, and she picked something from my list. That way, I was guaranteed to love it too.
I think it’s important to involve your child as they get older, where possible. But whittle down their options first, because otherwise it could go terribly wrong.
The room looks wonderful and she loves the final look too. She has the floral design on the back and fairy lights around her headboard.
Let there be light
Talking of fairy lights, this dainty accessory is a kid’s room essential. Lexi’s are battery-operated, so she can control them herself and safely turn them on or off. They have a timer setting too, so they can stay on at night if your little one is scared of the dark and feels comforted by a little bit of light.
I love these cool geometric lights from Home Reflections, I know the girls would love them too. They look just as stylish when they’re switched off.Hooks, not holes
I’m not a fan of banging holes into a brand new bedroom, so Lexi’s got a hook on the back of her door instead. We’ve hung a notice board on there which she can put photos on. She’s not really into pop stars or anything, but she’s got pictures of her with her friends and her school timetable. We’ve also got things tacked to the inside of her wardrobe doors, keeping everything neat and tidy from view, while making sure Lexi has her favourite pictures and memories on display.
Using different surfaces around the room to stick things onto is the ultimate way to save your walls. These floral hooks from Cook’s Essentials put a fun spin on a usually very functional-looking buy. They’re perfect for hanging coats, dressing gowns or towels.
I’ve got an easel elsewhere at home, which I hang huge artworks on. I can easily swap pictures all the time, without feeling bad about being too indecisive. Easels are great for a kid’s room too, I love the idea of them with a blackboard on one side for their doodles.
Now onto bedroom number two. I tracked down this great magnetic wallpaper for little Holly’s bedroom. You can line your wall with black magnetic sheets before you put your final wallpaper on. Any wallpaper will work, and then you can use it to hold anything magnetic.
We bought the most beautiful wallpaper with a lovely design of little houses, then we found sweet magnetic flying pigs, rabbits and foxes, for Holly to play with.
At night time (when she should be asleep) she plays with it. But she’s still in bed, so she’s not up and about – I’d say it still counts!
Try their ideas too
I love it when the girls come up with things for their room too. We have a mirror with gorgeous butterflies on it, and Lexi’s hung all of her necklaces from their wings. It looks really beautiful as they’re all sort of draped and hanging from the mirror. Little ideas like that are a really fun way to store different things.
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