Are you dreaming of creating a kid’s room that looks just as amazing as in a magazine? And at the same time practical so your child’s carefree spirit can ramble around comfortably? It’s not “mission impossible” says Mel, owner of interior design studio Leo and Grace, based in Surrey, England.  Let’s take a sneak peek  at her son Thomas’ room that was redesigned when he turned two years old. It’s a perfect fit for a big boy with a bustling character and at the same time unquestionably stylish.

practical boys room

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE LOOK AND FEEL OF THIS ROOM?

I wanted to design a modern and stylish space to fit in with the rest of our home but also keep it fun and young as it was designed as a first big boy room for my two year old. I chose a limited colour palette of grey, silver and monochrome which ensures the room will always look stylish even when filled with all his colourful toys and treasures. As he gets older we can switch out some of the prints and bedding to reflect his changing tastes without having to redecorate the entire room.

dinosaur garland

boy reading in his room

DID YOU HAVE ANY MUST-HAVES FOR IT?

The room was designed specifically with the Paperboy ‘D’ya-Think-E-Saurus’ wallpaper in mind. As soon as I saw it I knew I had to use it in Thomas’ room as it features a fearless little boy playing with his dinosaur friends. I knew he would love it but also the classic white and silver colour way appealed to me and Dad too.  The wallpaper inspired the rest of the room with a very ‘loose’ dinosaur theme.

contemporary boys room

toddler boys room

WERE THERE ANY PRACTICAL ASPECTS TO CONSIDER WHEN PLANNING THE ROOM?

The room has a loft hatch with access to the boiler which limited where we could put furniture so the room layout was definitely a challenge as we couldn’t obstruct access to the loft.  It’s also quite a noisy room being at the front of the house so we added new carpet and soft furnishings to help minimise noise. I also had to take into account that my son was still in his cot bed when we moved him into the room, but designed the room so that we could switch out his cot bed for a single bed once he’s ready.

dinosaur kids bedding

WHAT ARE YOUR TOP TIPS FOR DECORATING A BOY’S ROOM?

When it comes to decorating, I don’t think there’s a great deal of difference between girls’ and boys’ rooms. I’d definitely encourage parents to think beyond the go-to blue for boys and take inspiration from all the gender-neutral designs out there.

My top tip for any child’s room is to maximise storage, and ensure it’s accessible and easy to use. Look for unused space e.g. under the bed, and add storage drawers. Toy boxes on wheels are another great way to encourage your child to tidy and put toys away. Practically, in boys rooms I tend to add more drawer space for folded clothes and less hanging space than I would use in a girl’s room.

green toddler dinosaur bedding

WHICH KIDS DECOR BRAND ARE YOU PARTICULARLY FOND OF RIGHT NOW – AND WHY?

So hard to choose just one, but I recently discovered Camomile London, who design stylish nursery and children’s bedding in a stunning range of muted colours and patterns inspired by Scandinavia and Japan. I love how the individual pieces can be mixed and matched to create a really unique, contemporary look.

monochrome kids prints

crochet cactus decor

roar poster

SOURCE LIST

Wallpaper : Paperboy Wallpaper I Paint : Dimpse by Farrow and Ball I Bed : Mothercare I Sidetable/Stool : Plyconic I Light shade : Love Frankie I Rug : Kids Boetiek I Lamp : Sunnylife I Artwork : OSoTwee/Mini Learners/Freddy Alphabet/Lala loves decor I Letter garland : A Little Lovely Company I Pom Pom garland : Wall circus I Cactus : Sass and Belle I Dinosaur bedding : Lulu and Nat I Monochome bedding : Fine Little Day I Mono Rainbow toy : Grimms I

Photography : Siobhan H

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