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Decorate, Kids Bedroom, Tips & tricks
The bedroom makeover that won’t break the bank - with style advice from The Styling Mama.
Think of it as a refresh, an update, a ‘mini-makeover’ for your Little Snoozer. Not all makeovers need to be break the bank, or your back for that matter. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with making a few minor but key changes to completely refresh, and add longevity to a room. For our latest ‘how to’ on kids bedroom style we turned to Kelly McDonough AKA The Styling Mama - mum, social media influencer, late night blogger and also known for creating beautiful, real and ACHIEVABLE spaces. Oh and did we mention she does all this with FIVE kids. Impressive. Gotta love #mumswhostyle!
When it comes to kids bedrooms and mini makeovers, there’s nothing like a theme. A theme can totally transform a room and can be done without changing up the major pieces of furniture (as long as you’re not wanting to go all rainbows and unicorns when dealing with a race car bed). We’re talking broad, fun and cute themes that won’t grow old after 3 months (read: Frozen). Think animals of the jungle, underwater adventures, the little explorer or outer space.
When it comes to Kelly’s own personal taste and style, let’s just say she’s not known for going ‘monochrome’. She embraces the COLOUR in the term ‘colour scheme’ and is in fact passionate about it. So it’s hardly surprising when she chose a circus theme for her little boys room makeover. Needless to say she does so in a way that doesn’t make you dizzy with the chaos of a million different clashing colours.
Kelly’s tips on the best way to do a “theme” for a child’s room:
So where to start?
A splash of paint - painting the room is one way of completely transforming the look and feel. It’ll possibly be the biggest change you make as part of your mini makeover but is so worth it, because it has the potential to create the most impact! Of course, it’s also essential to pick the right colour to complement the bedroom furniture and other key items you want to stand out. For Kelly, it was important to make the circus colours & our Bondi bunk bed really pop, so she (along with the help of a handy chippy) added a chair rail around the middle of the room and painted the top half a deep blue: Taubmans Endure Admirality. Striking!
Fresh sheets - one of the easiest ways to refresh is with...yep you guessed it, a change of bedding. We love Hiccups Exclusive to Snooze range of kids bedding - the Aster, Iso or Elson all scream fun and colour and are surefire ways to brighten up any kids bedroom. Kelly was conscious of going too circus crazy with her theme (there’s no need to be too literal kids) so she stayed away from obvious motifs and instead stuck with the fun, colourful yet super stylish bedding by Kat and Fox. The perfect fit.
A touch of creativity - when it comes to decorating the walls of a kids bedroom, there is so much fun to be had and so many creative yet inexpensive ways of adding colour and interest. Kelly used these cool circus-inspired prints from Paper and Pickles, which formed the colour palette for the rest of the decor and bedding. And she also included the giant letter C (for circus. Or chocolate – whichever comes to mind first) from Bear and Sparrow.
Another Snooze favourite is to create a feature wall out of book shelves - their favourite books then become the artwork; just open them up to showcase illustrations - instant artwork. Alternatively, add some colour with wall decal stickers, or even better, if you (or anyone you know), is handy with a paint brush….a hand painted wall mural would create the ultimate wonderland.
The practical stuff - at the root of the ‘kids bedroom makeover’ is the practical element behind nearly every decision made - it’s not all fun, sunshine and fairy floss . Whether it’s deciding on the most cost-effective way to get something done, or researching the best quality (for longevity sake) item, or even asking flat out ‘what’s going to be the easiest to clean?’ Practicality, quality and cost effectiveness are all key to the decision making process. For Kelly’s circus room she replaced a black roller blind with new gorgeous white PVC venetian blinds. The PVC was chosen over timber purely because of it’s ease of maintenance. Her 10 year old carpet wasn’t replaced, rather covered with an additional rug. She chose Bayliss Pindot (Chrome) because ‘it is ridiculously soft and lovely to walk on, play lego and throw tanties on.’
And finally, when looking for a bedside table (to store bits and bobs, books and toys), she made a choice around quality and sturdiness. Naturally she opted for our hip little Hipster bedside table in white. Says Kelly ‘I know how much of a beating side tables can get from kids, but this little guy can definitely handle it. It’s so solid and sturdy, so I know it won’t tip over when one of the boys is hunting for a teeny tiny leaf at the back of the drawers. Plus, the drawers are really deep so they’d be great for clothes too. Or more leaves’.
Remember, the bedroom makeover isn’t supposed to make life more difficult - quite the opposite. Decisions on storage or lighting should always be made with the intention of lightening the load and making life more user friendly. Therefore, embrace this exercise and go into it with a sense of fun. Nothing should prepare you more for this than watching the behind the scenes shenanigans of Kelly and her good friend from ‘Bear and Sparrow’ as they create 3 different bedroom looks, all featuring the Bondi Bunk bed! Enjoy!
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Swapping the busy city lifestyle for fresh air and space Melissa Tonkin and her husband Ryan moved to the country to build their dream home. We caught up with Melissa to ask about the move and to give us some tips on styling her very sweet and ‘personality filled’ kids bedroom.
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