As the school bells ring their final chimes and signal a world of adventure ahead, we bring you our annual round-up of our favourite kids’ interiors for summer 2023. The summer season calls for interior designs that reflect the bright and breezy spirit of sun-kissed, carefree days that seem to stretch on forever. From laidback beachy vibes and ice-cream-inspired palettes to virtual escapes to far-flung corners of the world, the possibilities are as endless as the summer sky!
Willa’s pastel-toned room was already pretty perfect in our eyes, but a £5 sample pot of paint was all it took to add a further ray of sunshine to this dreamy space. Taking a pencil tied with twine to draw an arch filled in with Little Greene’s Light Gold (53), Coral has created a rising sun that appears to emerge from the pink-panelled wall (coated in Lick’s Pink 02, in case you were wondering). An aptly chosen ‘You fill the world with sunshine’ framed print by @studio_yaya_ and, of course, a coordinating raindrop garland by @velveteen_babies completes this delicious ice-cream sundae composition. A gingham throw from Asda adds another summery dimension with its al fresco, picnic-in-the-park vibe.
Colour is such an important element in children’s interiors, but it doesn’t always have to be added to excess to have a dramatic effect. A pop here and there can make all the difference to a neutral room and accessories can be the swiftest vehicle for delivery. We love how the simple addition of this cherry cushion adds a vibrant burst of energy to the dainty floral bedlinen. The dorm-style bed frame also gets treated to a surprise splash of candy pink for a vintage-inspired girl’s room with modern overtones.
Adventure awaits, and the spirit of boyhood is celebrated in Jesse’s bedroom with a trio of positive affirmations in the form of banners, prints and decorative wooden letters. Wall art can be a relatively inexpensive and non-permanent way to transform a space with minimal interior skills.
The composition of this bright and airy room is relatively understated, yet the layers of detail are most definitely considered. Role-play features heavily with a retro market stall that also doubles up as a key design feature. A balance board is strategically placed on a world map rug offering a springboard for virtual voyages and imaginative play. Meanwhile, useful lengths of wooden pegging delineate the division between colour-blocked pistachio and white.
Peachy perfect laidback vibes abound in Hudson’s uber-stylish room. There’s a dominant checkerboard theme kickstarted by the traditional gingham wallpaper by @blond.noir in Sandy Beach and carried through to the Adairs bedsheets and a decorative chessboard in complementary tones. There’s most definitely a sense of travel and adventure in this space, though the calming palette of soft pastels keeps this boy’s bedroom grounded.
Two ever-present kids’ interior themes, woodland and boho, team up to create this vision of beauty in Madison’s bedroom. Woodland Pink wallpaper by @pastelowelove.pl defines the top half of the room, while dusky pink-panelled walls below lend vintage vibes. The forest friends theme is extended to a cute bunny bedding while a flock of wooden geese take flight over the comforting Miffy night light.
Sepia tones and simplicity create impact while retaining an air of blissful serenity in this pared-back space. Neutral and natural tones and a plethora of textures play harmoniously while an exposed wooden beam creates a feature in itself. The bear family on the framed print by @tedandtone seem to watch on and bid farewell to a fellow family member as they take flight in a hot air balloon by @coconehamerica.
There’s a touch of vintage in the floral bedding by @powdersandhazel and a refreshing square take on bunting by @plumandplay. What we love perhaps the most is that adorable deep pile OYOY Hopsi rabbit rug.
A cosy hideout makes for the bedroom of dreams, and Arlo’s mezzanine is no exception. It was originally intended to be an extra play space or reading nook in this shared sibling’s room, but Arlo loved it so much and slept so soundly that he claimed it as his own. There’s a subtle jungle theme delivered by faux foliage, a cheeky monkey suspended from the loft bed railings, and, naturally, a Born To Be Wild print by @prettyinprintart. This lively nature-inspired space is the natural habitat for Dunelm’s Zoe, the Zebra rug, and Holztiger’s Noah’s Ark. And when it all gets too much, HM Home’s rattan chaise longue offers a sophisticated spot for respite and relaxation.
Kid’s interiors don’t necessarily need to be overtly childish in composition, and digital creator and mum Sam demonstrates that perfectly here. Even with a subtle dino theme, this room feels effortlessly timeless and could just as easily be suited to an adult. Neutral tones, natural wood and a spot of panelling lend a modern, grown-up feel. This type of approach works well for pre-teens and teens and accommodates their ever-changing fads and tastes. A simple change of artwork on the shelf or bedlinen can reflect their current interests and introduce a whole new design direction at the same time.
This magical girl’s room is awash with untreated pine and neutral textiles that together create soothing, natural vibes. Colour is kept to a minimum, allowing all the depth to be created by the spectacular plywood modular buildings. It’s like a fairytale city in the middle of an enchanted forest. There’s a very delicate feminine air to the design, yet no trace of stereotypical pink. Only a Mrs Mighetto print would do for a fantastic, whimsical room like this!
Lovisa’s room feels like something straight out of a fairytale with a modern take on a grandfather clock that wouldn’t look out of place in Alice In Wonderland. The fact that the clock blends into the colour-blocked wall suggests a secret passage leading to magical adventures. Borastapeter’s Meadow wallpaper augments this mystical quality with a design alive with nature and flora. A palette of pistachio, milky latte, spiced cinnamon and earthy naturals creates a cosy corner perfect for quiet time and curling up with a good storybook.
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