Decorating for Kids

The uber stylish Natalie from the Perth based fashion and style blog Stylecrush has asked advice on how to make her daughters room a little more grown up. If you haven’t checked out her site before, you must!
(pic -Maria Barros design featured in October issue of Adore Home Magazine.)
To be able to help her out here are a few questions for her, and for you, to consider
 if you are thinking of doing up a kids room. 

Firstly starting with some pictures of the room helps so much.
  1. Who is the room for?  
  2. How old are they?
  3. What are their favourite colours?
  4. Function of the room?
  5. What are some special items that could be showcased?
  6. Any art?
  7. What are they into and Interests or hobbies?
  8. Things they want to see in the room.
  9. Their vision for the space, describe it in three words.
  10. Budget
  • What in the room go’s :
  • stays: 
  • get’s revamped:
  • or need’s to be added/purchased:
Here’s one I filled out as an example.
  1. Who is the room for?  Beth
  2. How old are they?   4
  3. What are their favourite colours? Green and Pink
  4. Function of the room?  Bedroom – somewhere to sleep, dress and tiny area for a couple of toys. 
  5. What are some special items that could be showcased?  A handmade blanket and a large lamp
  6. Any art?  A rainbow painting and a butterfly collage
  7. Interests or hobbies? Loves to dance and loves butterflies.
  8. Things they want to see in the room.  Dollhouse
  9. Their vision for the space, describe it in three words.  Pretty, soft, girly.
  10. Budget $500
  • What in the room go’s:  Paint colour and the curtains 
  • stays:  Her bed, side table and little chair.
  • get’s revamped:  lamp and chest of drawers(new knobs)
  • or need’s to be added/purchased: Dollhouse(will get as present so not inc in budget), new quilt cover, curtains, paint the walls.
 There are so many more questions and things I would ask and consider when I have a client but this is a very brief list and somewhere to start to help Natalie and you if you have a basic room to do yourself.
There would be measurements taken, mood boards made, colours and furnishings and fabrics sourced and chosen. And the list goes on. There is so much more to Interior Design and Interior Decorating than people might think. So much thought goes into everything and there is much careful consideration and lots of planning. Then it all comes together and looks effortless – the art of a great designer.

When it comes to kids, no matter their age, you really can add their own personality and create a space that is uniquely their own. Get them involved in the decisions. Even if you show them two or three samples of things you like and get them to choose one. They will appreciate the room so much more if they’ve had input and it feels like it is truly theirs. 

What special items do your kids treasure that make their space their own?

Lisa xox
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