Small Kid’s Rooms | Expert Advice from Wayfair Stylist
Small, but perfectly formed, kid’s room
Wayfair’s resident style advisor Nadia McCowan-Hill
tells is how to style baby sized rooms
“In a small space, you can’t afford to have excess stuff, so I’m a big fan of regularly editing my home. As a rule of thumb, I try to make sure that everything I have is either beautiful or useful (a nod to William Morris’s advice) and I try to curate and style each space as much as possible so it’s pleasing to the eye. I find it’s possible to give a room a new lease of life, simply by moving items around.”
As Otis is still a small baby, I wanted his room to feel tranquil and sleep-inducing! I started with a nature theme and stuck to a muted palette of sage green, white, dove grey and inky blue. For the furniture, I looked for blonde wood and touches of cane to maintain the natural feel.
The room itself is quite small, so I opted for a two-tone paint effect to enhance its character. A light-reflective warm white fills the upper wall and a soft Eau De Nil runs along the bottom.
The room is designed to take Otis from baby to toddler, so I chose a space-saving mini cot and a beautiful canopy for while he’s small. As he gets older, he will transition to the amazing house bed, which is such a unique piece where he can sleep and play.
Sticking with the nature theme, I gravitated towards accents and art with whimsical wildlife motifs.
In the Zone
Maximise square footage in a less-than-large abode, by zoning the space according to your needs. In our apartment, the kitchen and living room work as one, but each area is demarcated with a clear living area complete with a large rug which marks the space and a separate eating and cooking area. The master bedroom has been designed to be a relaxing and grown-up space that’s free from any paraphernalia, while the kids’ rooms are their spaces and are fully geared to their needs.
Choose furniture that works double duty. In the boys’ room, I opted for several trunk sets, which look super stylish, but are also a fabulous place to stash toys.
Light Up Your Life
I’m a huge fan of statement lighting in small spaces. As well as offering illumination which makes a room feel bigger, unique lighting gives character. Choose bold chandeliers and pendant lights to bring drama to your vertical space, without encroaching on square footage. Then add ambience with table lights aplenty.
In a small space, you can’t afford to have excess stuff, so I’m a big fan of regularly editing my home. As a rule of thumb, I try to make sure that everything I have is either beautiful or useful (a nod to William Morris’s advice) and I try to curate and style each space as much as possible so it’s pleasing to the eye. I find it’s possible to give a room a new lease of life, simply by moving items around.
Top 3 must-have kids’ room products
Statement art is a must-have for any kids’ room. It’s an easy and affordable way to reflect their interests and adds instant character to a space
Smart storage is another important pick. As well as opting for practical shelving units, I love using baskets and trunks which look stylish but are also perfect for organizing toys so they’re easy to find.
Soft furnishings help to make a room feel cosy. It’s so important for small peoples’ rooms to feel comfortable and inviting for both adults and kids.
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