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Room of the week – Grown up children’s bedroom

April 14, 2011

This children’s bedroom, featured in the Living etc gallery has a grown up feel and provides a stylish room for children.

As children grow older they often want to move away from a room decorated with Thomas the Tank Engine or Princesses and Fairies and have a more ‘grown up’ room.  The trick for a children’s room is to decorate it in a style that can be adapted as they grow older and become teenagers – therefore negating any demands to constantly redecorate.  This room has a pale neutral palate with simple furniture that will not easily date, but it can be updated by refreshing the bed linen, the rug or other cheaper fittings.

Aspace have great children’s furniture that is well made and stylish.  The Charterhouse bed shown below provides a full size adult single bed with a truckle bed underneath that is ideal for sleep overs.  As the bed is a regular size it would be suitable throughout childhood and beyond.  Similar styles are also available with a painted white finish.

The simple decorating of the room allows you to include pattern and colour in the bed linen.  As this is usually one of the cheaper items to buy it also means it can easily be replaced if the child becomes tired of it as they grow up.  Apple Linen below from Feather & Black would make a great choice for a girls bedroom, they also have a wide selection of boys bed linen.

Do remember when decorating though this is a children’s room so don’t make it too grown up.  Adding little touches like the bookcase below from Childrens Funky Furniture adds fun into a room but can easily be replaced as they mature.

Decorating a children’s room should be fun.  Try to include your children in the selection of colour for the room – though if you have concerns on their choice of colours just show them the colours you like, but remember you probably can’t do this for teenagers!

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Andy Jameson permalink
    April 14, 2011 7:47 pm

    A notoriously difficult room for many parents to deal with, so it is really good to see a reasoned approach and so many excellent suggestions to please youngsters of all ages

  2. April 15, 2011 8:18 am

    Great post Andrew. I think the transition phase from themed children’s rooms to more “grown up” space has got younger as well. Some great products highlighted here particularly like the Charterhouse bed… so practical yet good looking

  3. April 16, 2011 11:19 am

    Agreed – we’re finding more kids wanting the teenage “den” look from an earlier age and what delights at 8 will not appeal at 10! Great sources for furniture Andrew – thank you!

    • April 16, 2011 11:27 am

      Aspace is a great supplier of furniture. It isn’t the cheapest but I think the simple styling of it will ensure it can be used throughout childhood.

  4. April 12, 2012 7:13 pm

    Great post, I’ve never heard on some of these companies before, when I bought my kid there bed I went to Childrens Beds 4 all. They had a decent range and the pricing was pretty good. Hope this helps.

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