Putting together an awesome bedroom for your child is one of life’s great joys. And if today’s Instagram is any indication, there are millions of ways to do it. The trick is finding a balance between what your little one likes and what works with the rest of your home.
“A sense of cohesion can be achieved by borrowing just a few material elements, such as flooring or the style of built-in joinery,” says interior designer Brendan Wong. “This can then be layered with unique elements to create a room with distinct personality.”
Texture, style and substance are at the heart of all these wonderful kids’ rooms, with a little whimsy thrown in to capture the imagination. Last on the list are functional pieces and well-considered storage, the unsung heroes that ensure messes – like monsters – are always kept at bay.
In this room shared by young brothers, interior designer Brendan Wong installed a Lilly & Lolly bunk bed to maximise the space for play. At bedtime, attention turns to the graphic wallpaper. “This Ralph Lauren ‘expedition Novelty’ design from Radford features stylised maps to encourage imagination and education,” says Wong. “It can be the basis for storytelling, without a book.” brendanwong.com
The loft space in this Melbourne apartment, designed by architecture and design practice Musk Studio, is an ingenious way to provide a child of primary-school age with a space to claim as her own. Timber battens across the upper wall serve as a visual play on the classic cubby house, and also work to screen the ‘windows’. “Its simplicity allows for a child to take ownership,” says project architect Hannes McNamara. “The intention is that the space becomes the backdrop to their imagination. Use of the ladder and mezzanine will change as the child grows and adapts the space.” musk.net.au
Designed for the three-year-old son of Melissa Bonney, director of The Designory design studio, the bedroom at left was built to wow, now and into the future. The home’s coastal location in Sydney informed the nautical aesthetic. “Our family is very ocean-focused and my youngest child has a great love of the sea,” explains Bonney. The team hit the jackpot with these ‘Ocean Meets Sky’ wallpaper panels from Milton & King. Sisal brings in another aspect of nature and makes a robust choice for flooring. thedesignory.com.au
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Three-year-old Harper’s bed, from this little love, is cubby-like yet open. Her Melbourne home has a separate play space so this room is a place to wind down and sleep, with sweet accessories. “Bedrooms are places where kids can go to feel safe and secure,” says architect Martin Friedrich. “A place to replenish and contemplate the big world out there.” mf-arch.com.au
In the bedroom of three-year-old Chet, son of Perth stylist Tarina Lyell, texture reigns supreme. A sophisticated colour palette is paired with enduring furnishings that will see Chet through to his teenage years with just minor tweaks. Herringbone-patterned ‘Tile Progress’ wallpaper from Milton & King provides a crisp foundation for the scheme. oheightohnine.com.au
Orla Keily ‘Rhododendron’ wallpaper is the ultimate nod to the retro aesthetic that runs through this family home in Melbourne. It works beautifully with the original 1970s cabinetry, a feature that’s both eye-catching and immensely practical for 11-year-old Billee. Bespoke elements have been paired with off-the-rack pieces, such as an Ikea desk chair, to keep the budget in check. Gorgeous cinnamon-hued linen and a quilt made from embroidered Indian textiles add a softer, tactile edge. “The room’s totally unique and has a vibrant, happy vibe going on,” says Katie Graham, Billee’s mother and founder of The Family Love Tree homewares retail store. thefamilylovetree.com.au