I love designing for kids. They know what they like and are not afraid to voice their opinions. Why not listen to what they want? I find a lot of people get stuck when designing for children and don’t know how to interpret their children’s interests into interesting design.
A bold graphic print can add interest and be playful without being too juvenile. Try some striped or bold patterned sheets, a perfect backdrop for a family of stuffed animals. Look for interesting prints that your kids can grown into (pillows made from Sister Parish Fabrics below).
Encourage creativity. A large framed magnetic chalkboard is as practical as it is stylish. If you are not a D.I.Y. person, check out CDM Design on Etsy. They will customize any size and frame for you for a reasonable price. http://www.etsy.com/shop/cdmdesign?ref=shop_sugg
Add some playful furniture elements. An Owl light to briten the space. A pair of swan side tables, perfect for perching a stack of books.
Art in your children’s spaces doesn’t have to have the ABC’s on it for your kids to enjoy. Look to vintage inspired photography.
We can all take a cue from the most discerning clients; you don’t even have to be designing for kids to enjoy the freedom of letting go and trying something new. Paint a fireplace mantle pink (I just did), hang a dozen paper lanterns from the ceiling, do something that makes you smile.