My tips for decorating kids rooms

In the lates issue of the swedish magazine Hus & Hem I explain how I think when I decorate childrens rooms. Read the full article here.

My 5 steps

1st Let the children join the process
Often parents decorate according to what they think is neat, but it’s still children who should be in the children’s room the most. Sure, kids are fickle, but has little Olle a pink period: Paint a wall in that color. Foundation walls are easy to do when the taste is changing. Or let the kids get to have any furniture that they may paste and paint as they want. Children love to be creative!

2nd Bet on the second hand
To buy the craziest kids furniture is usually only expensive and unnecessary. It is smarter to buy a proper piece of furniture that can hang around for a while instead. For example, a huge coffee table that you paint  the color you want, whenever you want. Furnish smart too. Often one feels that there should be a desk in school children’s rooms but if they would rather sit and do homework at the kitchen table, you can use the surface for other things.

3rd Effective storage
The storage in children’s rooms is something you’re never quite fathom. But I usually try to find a place in the room that I can concentrate for storage. Perhaps more branches at low line or closets that covers most of one wall. But much is about to clean out. Have a few buckets of toys in the attic, which may rotate – it feels toys are always new.

4th Rooms for the joy of movement
It is often said that the interior can easily become boring if you furnish along the walls. But the children’s room, I actually think it’s a good idea, so that children get space to move around. We have rings in the ceiling that Della has hung in since she was two years and they are always a hit when friends visit. Climbing walls are also fun and encourages physical activity.

5th Smart decoration
I like the permanent solutions which are nevertheless easy to modify. As clothespins on strings attached on the walls where you attach photos, posters, small stuffed animals and stuffe. Or a picture wall as to change the motives of when one feels like. Chalk board paint is also super popular. Paint on such boards, pieces of furniture or walls, it’s free for kids to decorate new every day.

Interview by Liselotte Lundström for Hus&Hem(google translated)
All photo’s by Peter Phillips.
(Shot in my kid’s room – but it has changed since… the forever ongoing project)


Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

May 4, 2011 at 21:52

Wow! I think I want a full sequin outfit! Where is that jacket from?!
It’s from swedish store Åhléns – right now on sales!

Siw Eriksen
May 4, 2011 at 22:30

Kjempespennende! Skal lese intervjuet nå!

Ang hva dere skal skrive mer om…glemte å kommentere dette under den posten….jeg leter etter gode ideer for å utnytte plassen på små barnerom og når 2 deler et lite rom sammen…Vi har bygd en ekstra lang hems, slik at barna sover i hver sin ende, og jeg har sydd gardiner slik at de har hver sin lille hule. Vi har også hengt opp hyller høyt på veggen, samtidig som vi har flere hyller nede tilgjengelig for barna. Utfordringen min, er at jeg synes det blir så fullt inne på rommet. Jeg vil gjøre det attraktivt for bara å være der…altså konklusjon, vil gjerne få tips om utnyttelse av plassen på trange rom og når to deler ;) Tusen takk!

Siw – send me a photo maybe I can help.

May 5, 2011 at 07:48

Det här rummet kan jag inte sluta titta på. Det är himmelskt fint!

Lacy B
May 7, 2011 at 16:54

Did you make the big bow above the bed yourself? I would love to learn how to make one!

May 8, 2011 at 17:04
– In reply to: Lacy B

Heey Lacy, well I took one long piece of fabric. and just made two loops. In the middle I made a little piece of fabric around the loops – to tie them together. Then I put a screw through the fabric and straight into the wall, and hid it under the fabric that ties the loops. do you understand- otherwise just ask again.

May 8, 2011 at 23:44

Hi, that s good tips!! I Love this colourfull wall you made, is this painting or wallpaper?

Emily@The Beetle Shack
May 9, 2011 at 06:27

I have just come over from AT- now it’s your turn, come over and decorate my sloppy house… please? ;) Amazing work, im inspired!

xo em

May 16, 2011 at 22:34

Hey Isabelle,
I’m having a baby girl and was wondering if you would be able to put a DYI of how you made that beautiful bow! I would really love to know so I can add it to my nursery.
Love your website,
Love from all the way in Australia!
xx Chloe.

May 24, 2011 at 08:55


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Hi Isabelle,
Could you send me the references of that beautiful wallpaper? Thanks a lot.

November 30, 2011 at 23:49

I Isabelle,
Can i borrow somes photos for an article on my blog about kidrooms?
Have a good day !

Isabelle: sure if you link back to us- no problem!

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February 8, 2014 at 00:22

Hello Isabelle. I am french. I like very much the big bow, would it be possible to make one for my daughter and to sell it to me ? I Will pay you !!!

Tiphany – I’m sorry but I can’t do that. I can however make a post on how to make it! Will try to do it soon! thank you

February 8, 2014 at 22:01

Ok thanks ! I saw the post for Lacy but i think it’s a little complicated, but i’m gonna try :-)

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