Kids Bedroom Design 101

Be aware that once the excitement of your beautiful new space starts to simmer, you are left with the day to day use of the space that will more than likely affect the pretty, if not designed in a practical and livable way.
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When we bought our first house I really went to town on the design of my girls' room (see above). It was so exciting, it was the first real bedroom that I was going to splurge on for them, and well long story short, I lost sight of practicality a teensy bit. And its really not like me - I place a ton of value on livability and practicality when it comes to my design projects. I even tell my clients to be aware that once the excitement of your beautiful new space starts to simmer, you are left with the day to day use of the space and that can affect the pretty if its not designed in a practical and livable way.

So, to illustrate my point, I give you…. my girls’ bedroom 2 years later….

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Still super cute, especially with this little cutie in the photo, but its definitely disheveled like this on the regular (and even more so…. lets be real….beds are never made like this!). And so to be totally honest here, I wish I did some things differently, and I guess, just simply followed my own advice, right? I mean c’mon, what’s wrong with me!

So in an effort to pay it forward, here are some of my lessons learned when it comes to designing kids’ rooms:

1. Ditch all the pillows. Trust me. They will be on the floor 99% of the time. Instead go for a colorful and/or patterned quilt or duvet so the bed has some interest all on its own.

2. Skip curtains. They will open and close them constantly so they will never look right. Instead choose a roman shade that only you can raise and lower.

3. Go for carpet or a big, high pile rug. There will be lots of playing and reading in there and YOU will be down there too. Make it cozy and welcoming.

4. Get closed storage. Any open shelves or open baskets/bins will acquire all kinds of visible crap, and it will eat at you. Choose nightstands with no open shelves, storage bins with lids, and get storage under the beds.

Those are the big ones. But I’d love to hear from you - do you have any big lessons learned?

xx

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