DIY Kids’ Rooms

by Carlisle Homes


Portland Bedroom as displayed at Minta Estate, Berwick

Decorating a kids’ room is no longer child’s play, as DIY options have opened up a labyrinth of forums, tips and ‘how-to’ ideas that will help you create a unique look in your child’s bedroom.

It’s important to keep your project in line with your creative capability and sanity! It’s no use recreating an elaborate setting like the “Orient Express racing through the Matterhorn” in the middle of your child’s playing space if they hate trains! Remember it’s about the kids not your lost childhood! Perhaps a discussion before you decide to DIY is important to get the kids involved in your inspiration, while remaining true to your homes’s contemporary and elegant style. Start small with a piece that will give your child’s room the original wow factor you envisage, and style around it. Ikea and Target are fantastic innovators for inexpensive and functional DIY options. We have found 4 easy ideas that will get your creative juices flowing.

Adventure Time

Neutral timber tones, animal themed pillows, cork boards and practical desk top pieces, will inspire you to DIY adventurously. A rustic pencil holder (with drilled holes) to keep pencils in place, or a quirky ceramic rabbit adorning a chunky (pastel hued) slab of wood, may be a great starting point for your adventure-time DIY bedroom. Idiosyncratic but simple ideas with colour pop, are a fabulous way to add real eye-candy to your child’s room.


Piermont Bedroom as displayed at Attwell Estate, Deanside

Motif Motivators - easy as ABC

Feature walls are a great way of creating a unique space within the bedroom. It adds eccentric character and can even be personalised with a name or a word. Check out our blog on feature wallpaper for some great ideas for impact walls. Or, if the permanency of wallpaper is a little scary, check out the great removable wall stickers available from The Wall Sticker Company, you can even create a custom design.


Cottesloe Bedroom as displayed at Minta Estate, Berwick

Tween Magic

Re-invent the tone of your tween’s room, especially when the décor has out-grown the not-so-big (but believes they are) kid! Working with a neutral palette is always best, and helps build depth and composition when pops of bold colour are injected into the mix. Additional eclectic pieces can be added to the room over time to give it an edgy, yet sophisticated look.


Piermont Bedroom as displayed at Highlands Estate, Craigieburn

Bold and Beautiful

2016 is all about the palette with strong colour blocks like purple, green and orange on trend right now (read more about colour in our blog 2016 Colour Outlook). But be mindful of how quickly these trends disappear, so go lightly and perhaps begin with bright bed covers and pillows, a piece of funky furniture that won’t date too quickly, and then tackle the feature wall.


Rutherford Bedroom as displayed at Elements Estate, Truganina

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