It seems like an age ago since we decorated Taylor’s bedroom in anticipation of her arrival. As part of our home renovation we created a fourth bedroom by converting wasted space in the hallway. I loved having a blank space to work on and threw myself into creating a nursery fit for a newborn, choosing a colour scheme of yellow walls with pink and grey accessories.
Now that she’s a toddler I’m thinking of updating the room to make it more of a fun kids bedroom, where she can play as well as sleep. As we live in a bungalow Taylor tends to toddle from room to room
creating carnage finding something to entertain her wherever she goes. We tend to have the majority of her toys in the living room, but since she isn’t really into watching television I figure it makes sense for her to have her main play area in her own bedroom which is just across the hallway from the kitchen/diner – where the hubby and I seem to spend most of our time.
I’ve been searching for inspiration and have found some really great ideas online for creating a fun kids bedroom – here are some of my favourites.
1. Cool toy storage
Every parent knows that no matter how hard you try to restrain yourself from another trip to Toys R Us, before you know it you’re living in the actual Fun House – and can’t see your furniture for neon plastic. I would love to say that we have more of the oh so classic wooden toys in our house but the truth is, the loud, bright Vtechs seem to be far more appealing to Taylor so far! So I’ve come up with the perfect solution – hide it within an oh so classic wooden toy storage box. Genius. I love these personalised toy crates by Plantabox
2. Tipi tent
At 15 months old, Taylor loves to hide in any little nook and cranny she can find at the moment – hide and seek is most definitely her favourite game so I’m sure she would love one of these cute kids tipi tents. I also think it would be a great place for her bedtime stories, especially as she gets a little older (and stops grabbing books from my hand and throwing them across the room in disgust…) Plus one will come in handy to store all of those toys that don’t actually fit into the toy storage box.
3. Creative wall art
When we first decorated the nursery I really wanted to find some unique wall art, but couldn’t seem to find what I was looking for after trawling the wall art stickers on Etsy and NOTHS. In the end I decided get creative myself and painted a cute tree illustration on the back wall which I have to say, I was (and still am) pretty proud of!
I was recently contacted by a company called Instamural who produce beautiful hand painted wall stickers. Each design is painted by hand by the Instamural team using water colours and pen, so nobody will ever know that they are actual stickers once transferred onto a wall (no white lines or shiny surfaces!) They have some stunning designs perfect for creating a fun kids bedroom – check out the competition below for the chance to win this beautiful countryside set.
4. Activity rug
I’m pretty sure we had one of those activity rugs with the roads when we were little. Or perhaps they had them at nursery? Either way I remember it, which is pretty impressive since it’s probably getting on for 30 years since I last played with one. My sister recently bought one for my nephew when he moved into his ‘big boys bedroom’ after turning three – and the fun memories of whizzing toy cars around one came flooding back. They also do more girly versions these days like this Girls World design complete with a theatre, a bakers and a beach with sun loungers. What more could girl want??
5. Fun Reading nook
Okay, so Taylor doesn’t always throw the book across the room and on at least four evenings out of seven now, we have a pleasant little read together. She does have the one shelf of books, but in hindsight I realise now that children’s books are far better displayed front on, allowing the child to interact better whilst also creating a fun feature for the room. I’ve since tried to do this but our floating shelf isn’t really fit for purpose so I’m thinking of changing it for this brilliant IKEA hack – spice racks costing just £3!
Instamural have kindly offered one reader of Mum in Brum the chance to win the beautiful hand-painted countryside wall sticker set (featured above) worth £89. For your chance to win just enter via the rafflecopter below. Open to UK residents only.
Alternatively, for 20% off enter the code muminbrum16 at the checkout – valid until 31st March 2016.
Have you created a fun kids bedroom? Do you have any great ideas to add?