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Inspiring ideas for creative kids’ rooms

Pleasing the kids without compromising your own style can be tough, but these rooms will delight design fans big and small

childrens bedrooms mardi ola
Lisa Cohen

Havens to dream, play and learn in, children’s bedrooms should spark their imaginations. These innovative schemes prove it’s possible to create a stylish kid-friendly space, with smart design solutions that can help the space adapt and change as they grow.

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1 Happy camper
giancarlo valle childrens bedroom
Stephen Kent Johnson

Studio Giancarlo Valle designed this room in a Brooklyn loft for a young boy, choosing a colour palette of strong red and blue. They used the canopy to soften the bed and create a tent-like feel, but also to cover a beam that sat overhead. ‘According to Feng Sui, sleeping under a beam creates “bad energy” as it puts pressure on one’s body’ says Valle. giancarlovalle.com

2 Bolt from the blue
childrens bedrooms mardi ola
Lisa Cohen

This bedroom belongs to Olivia, the daughter of the Melbourne-based Doherty Design Studio director Mardi Ola. Now 15, Olivia was 10 when they moved into their South Yarra apartment, but Mardi’s romantic, rock ’n’ roll scheme meant that the room grew with her. The bed is an antique, the ‘Eden’ rug was made by Behruz Studio and the lightning bolts on the wall were bought at a David Bowie exhibition. dohertydesignstudio.com.au

3 Centre stage
sarah sherman samuel childrens bedrooms
Matthew Williams

LA-based interior designer Sarah Sherman Samuel’s son Archie was promised bunk beds in their new family home, so that’s exactly what she made him. Their cocooning feel is emphasised by being placed inside a curved alcove, which is theatrically framed by velvet curtains. Spotted H&M Home bedding and a rug by Justina Blakeney for Loloi lend the space a mischievious feel. sarahshermansamuel.com

4 Big top
childrens bedrooms farrow and ball
Farrow & Ball

The Farrow & Ball team used the ‘fifth wall’ of this room to make a statement, painting it in the style of a circus tent. They opted for diminishing bands of ‘Blazer’ and ‘Wevet’ to recreate the traditional red and white stripes. The ceiling has been counterbalanced with breezy, blue walls in ‘Lulworth Blue’. farrow-ball.com

5 Sunshine state
jo berryman children room
Benedicte Drummond

Soft grey walls (Earthborn Paint’s ‘Cat’s Cradle’) provide a muted backdrop for Farrow & Ball’s joyful ‘Yellow Ground’, which bathes the shutters and floor of this upbeat room in year-round sunshine. The space was created by interior designer Jo Berryman for her daughter and features a Made.com sofa, Designers Guild rug and custom-made coffee table. joberryman.com

6 The right lines
milan house of francesco meda and alessandra orsi
Helenio Barbetta / Living Inside

For their daughter’s bedroom in their Milan home, furniture designer Francesco Meda and Alessandra Orsi, a creative director and illustrator, devised a light, airy scheme with striped walls – created by Alessandra – and fabrics evoking the deckchairs found at the Venice Lido. dalwindesigns.com

7 Wild woods
children bedroom by monica damonte and victoria lacarrieu
Valentina Sommariva/Living Inside

Mother-and-daughter design duo Monica Damonte and Victoria Lacarrieu created this fairy tale-like room for the 18-month-old child of a family living in Piedmont’s Langhe region. They installed two trees that were sourced from a forest in Denmark, then cut and polished by a local lumberjack. damonteelacarrieu.com

8 Cloud gazing
children bedroom kld design
Barbara Corsico/Living Inside

Róisín Lafferty of KLD led on this project in Bushfield, Ireland, which included a nursery for the client’s new daughter. ‘We wanted to create a dreamlike sanctuary for her; “head in the clouds” was what we were thinking,’ she says. The room needed to adapt as the baby grew, so the wardrobe was designed to frame both cot and bed. kingstonlaffertydesign.com

9 Flight of fancy
childrens bedroom natalie tredgett
Georgina Viney

Natalie Tredgett designed this bedroom for her daughter in their west-London home. The carpet’s strict geometry creates an intriguing visual tension with the organic shapes in Cole & Son’s ‘Hummingbirds’ wallpaper. A neon-pink Ikea desk is tough enough to take anything that’s thrown at (or drawn on) it. natalietredgett.com

10 Loft living
studio barde and van voltt childrens bedroom
James Stokes

Japanese aesthetics are balanced by a relaxed Californian rawness in the Amsterdam home of Valérie Boerma and Bart van Seggelen, the couple behind Studio Barde + vanVoltt. A custom-made bunk turns bedtime into an adventure, while a Ferm Living rug and Zara Home chair add cosiness and texture. barde-vanvoltt.com

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