Guest Picks: Creating a Child's Room to Last

Guest Picks: Creating a Child's Room to Last

I enjoy decorating woman’s rooms — all the pinks and florals have me at”hello.” Still, there’s no reason why a boy’s room can not be colorful, trendy and private also. Inspiration or a jumping-off point for your own layout and colour scheme could come from art, bedding or whatever your boys are interested in.

I made the mistake of purchasing my daughter a mattress after she was 3 that I ended up selling when she was 8 since it felt too juvenile. The things I have chosen here are mature and will suit a toddler, teenager or young adult. — Vanessa from Decor Joyful


Album Cover Frames – $39

I have not tired of this idea of framing album covers, and I believe that they are well suited to a young music lover’s room.

Geovin Furniture

G1300 Queen Bed by Geovin Furniture

Purchasing a good wood mattress in a double or queen size when your child is young will ensure it will become his mature years. The simple shaker design of this Canadian-made mattress is timeless.

Vanessa Francis

Green Point Blanket – CAD 375

Hudson’s Bay Company blankets have been around for over 200 years and are a part of Canadian history. This kelly green colour was one of the first ones introduced in the 1700s, and it was brought back in 2009.


Bicycle Art Print – Green Lightning by Michele Maule – $18

Adorning the walls with art that speaks to your child’s interests makes his chamber private. So whether he is right into skateboarding, biking or listening to audio, there’s sure to be art that reflects it.


Bryant Side Table – $299

If you’re searching for bedside tables, pick a stain or paint colour that’s different in the mattress. It’s about an eclectic appearance and not about”purchasing the set.” In addition, don’t be restricted to tables in the bedroom area of a merchant; those branded as living room tables will probably be nice too. The shelves on this table can bring lightness into both sides of the mattress.

West Elm

Stripe Sheet Set, White/Dusty Navy – $59

This striped bedding is jaunty and fun!

Matt LeBlanc Abstract Art

Destination by Matt LeBlanc Art – $450

Why not have an original work of art in your kid’s room? Art may be the jumping-off stage for a colour scheme. You can not go wrong using colors of green and blue — much fresher than, say, navy, tan and red. And that artwork just could inspire your child to become an artist!

Ralph Lauren Home

Kenya Rug, Night/Cream – $700

Area rugs that are not overly bright and patterned have more durability. You won’t tire of it quickly, and the carpet may be a continuous as you make other changes to the room. I really like the tribal motif on this one made from eco-friendly hemp and jute.

West Elm

Linen Cotton Grommet Window Panel – $54

I am not a huge fan of grommet curtains, but I think the appearance is nicely suited to a child’s room. This finishing detail also makes it easier for the curtains to maneuver across the rod.

Schoolhouse Electric

Otis 2.25″ Surface Mount – $79

This ceiling fixture in an antique black finish says boy’s room to me. If the area is quite large, I’d install two in the ceiling.

Schoolhouse Electric

Hoffman Bed – $1,570

I believe this upholstered mattress could work in either a girl’s or boy’s room. The bedding is what will lend a girly or masculine air to the room.

Collection Drummond Blue Wallpaper – $39.99

Wallpapering even one wall in this classic houndstooth can add a dash of preppiness and pattern into a room.

Schoolhouse Electric

Zinc Message Board – $30

Each child, whether age 7 or 17, needs a room to hang artwork, photographs and reminders. These metal message boards are somewhat distinctive and functional.

Jayson Home

The Kennedy Chair – $1,650

Space permitting, a comfortable chair affords a place for reading or additional seating when friends are over. I love the green velvet on this classic seat.


EIVOR CIRKEL Rug, Low Pile – $199

This cheap rug made from artificial fibers adds a graphic element to a room. I’d put it in the center of the bedroom as opposed to have the motif partially concealed beneath a bed.

West Elm

Stripe Edge Duvet – $79

This crisp white duvet could be monogrammed, and who doesn’t enjoy watching their ribbon in print?


Modular Dresser

I really like the long, lean lines of this minimalist dresser. The steel base adds an intriguing, modern detail. It comes in various endings, but I like the idea of this mild finish paired with other wood furniture in a room.

Restoration Hardware

Rowan Pharmacy Task Table Lamp, Bronze – $319

When there’s space for a desk in the room, then this flexible task lamp is what your scholar needs.


Great Lakes Pillow Cover in Tan by Nicole Tarasick

Nicole is a regional Canadian artisan who embraces these graphic pillows. If you are outside of Canada or the US, you might not realize that the print on this pillow is of the fantastic Lakes.


Steel Bookshelf

I really like that this metal bookshelf is created in Canada by local craftspeople. The industrial finish counters the timber finishes in a room. It is offered in various sizes and, therefore, can hold as much stuff as you need it to.

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