Design and kid friendly… two terms that don’t always seem to go together but the thing is, if you try hard enough you can do it! What’s the point of a pristine and perfect space that you child doesn’t feel welcome in? Their room (or their playroom if that’s something you’re designing) should be the place that reflects their personality the best. It should be the one room in the whole house that they WANT to be in. Before we re-did Harper’s room she was pretty blah on hanging out in there, but after the redo she loves to be in there whether she’s relaxing or playing. You can check out the links to all the products that I used, see what we DIY’d and all the original pictures here. I’ve added a few touches here and there and a few items that have been game changers for us. So here are some ideas that are both pretty AND functional that I turned into reality while designing Harper’s big girl room:
- Go with their favorite colors. Kind of a no brainer but I’m all about the neutrals and using primary colors kind of freaked me out to begin with. But I decided to go all white with the paint and then just add splashes of color everywhere. It still feels like a room that belongs in our home and it’ll be easy to make changes to when she outgrows her dinosaur phase. Plus I’m pretty obsessed with how the bright colors pop against the shiplap and bright white!
- Baskets, baskets, and more baskets. And storage haha. The easier it is to reach stuff, the easier it seems to put away. It also makes picking up the room go so much faster because I’ve got Harper in the groove of putting the toys away at the end of each day. Sometimes we even make it a game with throwing the stuffed animals into the baskets from across the room. Target and Home Goods have some of the best baskets for a fairly decent price and I always seem to be bringing home another one.
- Rugs that are easy to clean and/or hide stains well. You know with a toddler that stuff is going to be spilled at one point or another so having easy to clean rugs is a must for me. I got the bright blue rug on Rugs USA and I love that it has a pattern on it so even if there’s a small spill or mark it won’t show up. Our most recent addition to her room is this natural dye, washable Lorena Canals rug that has the most gorgeous pattern ever! They make some of the prettiest, most versatile rugs that fit in both kids rooms and adult spaces too. And did I say washable?! It fits in a standard washer and dryer which pretty much makes it the coolest thing ever. In fact, I love it so much that I’m dying to get one in my bedroom asap. Which one should I get? You can check them all out here.
- Easy to reach items. I love books… like a lot. And I want my kids to love reading as much as I do so I purposely positioned bookshelves that are easily accessible for the girls. Ya, the books end up all over the place but the feeling I get when I see Harper grabbing a book and cuddling up with it in her room is priceless. I also got a cheap IKEA chalkboard/whiteboard combo so that she has her own easy access space to draw and color. I figure if I give her a space then hopefully she won’t ever get the idea to draw on the walls… yikes.
- Plants. My mom picked up the cutest dinosaur succulent ever at Nordstroms and I put it on Harper’s nightstand so that she can have the experience of taking care of something. Once a week or so she helps me water all the plants in the house and then she goes and waters her dino all on her own. It’s seriously the cutest thing to watch!
- Intials. I have the letter ‘H’ in about 5 different places in her room. It’s kind of a trendy thing right now but I love it. And the cool thing? She already knows that her name starts with the letter ‘H’… they learn by exposure so I don’t think it’s a bad thing to have around!
I love home design and my husband is a stickler for things in our home being functional. He does not get why a pretty thing should just be pretty. Sometimes it gets annoying but mostly it makes me get creative, so I’ll take it haha. Do you guys have any functional and pretty design ideas with your kids in mind? I’d love to hear your suggestions! Happy Friday friends.
// Rug c/o Lorena Canals //