These Kids’ Bedrooms are Full of Clever Design Ideas

October 26, 2022

Text by Maria LaPiana

Style and whimsy play well together in these timeless kids’ rooms.

On Safari
The stars on the ceiling shimmer even more after nightfall in this dreamy room, says Erin Coren, who, along with Lina Galvão, designed the space for a young son of Greenwich clients. The room’s classic details and an existing safari-style bed inspired the theme, say the designers (whose firm, Curated Nest Interiors, is based in Cos Cob). The idea was to create a space with a spirit of adventure that didn’t feel too childish. The bed is low to the ground for practical purposes. Starry night wallpaper from Cole & Son makes it feel like you’re sleeping in the great outdoors. “Instead of drawing your eye away from the low ceiling, we wanted to emphasize it,” says Coren. To reinforce the theme, they chose an animal-print carpet and a dresser that calls to mind a vintage campaign chest. “We wanted to evoke the feeling of a luxury safari,” says Coren.

Project Team
Interior design: Curated Nest Interiors
Photography: Jacob Snavely


Classic Colors
It was a tall order. The Farmington client asked Georgia Zikas to design two discrete children’s rooms—a space-themed bunk room for two brothers (ages ten and eight) and a polar-opposite, pink-on-pink haven for their seven-year-old sister. “The client wanted ‘sophisticatedly fun’ rooms that could be decidedly childlike now and age gracefully as the kids got older,” says Zikas. The designer delivered. A deep blue galaxy-like wallpaper from Romo informed the boys’ room theme and palette, while the girl’s passion for pink and love of the canopy-like mosquito netting over her bed launched her room’s style. If the boys’ room was driven by a combination of curiosity and playfulness, Zikas took a more traditional and classic approach to the little girl’s room. The children were all in on the design meetings. “The key,” says Zikas, “is to invest in pieces that will stand the test of time—and have fun with in-the-moment pieces that bring the kids joy.”

Project Team
Interior design: Georgia Zikas Design
Photography: Jane Beiles

Seeing Double
Tailored to the perfect sleepover, this bedroom was inspired by the client’s two Jenny Lind-style beds—and her wish for a room that could grow with her little girl. “The daughter was five or six at the time,” remembers designer Tharon Anderson. “When sourcing the wallpaper, carpet, dresser, bedding, etcetera, we wanted to
be sure she wouldn’t outgrow our selections in a couple of years.” Large windows dictated the furniture arrangement and helped inform the light and airy palette. Anderson loved the client’s existing swimsuit art by Dorothy Shain, so she commissioned a companion piece to coordinate nicely.

Project Team
Interior design: Tharon Anderson Design
Photography: Read McKendree



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