With the kids home over school holidays, it’s the perfect time to get them on-board for a room declutter and stylish refresh. As every parent knows, as children sprout up from toddler to teen, their interests and colour preferences are constantly evolving. Seemingly in the blink of an eye they go from Play School and puppies to Silverchair and skulls… and we need to keep up! We spoke to Early Settler buyer Mamta Johal about this year’s trends in furniture and homewares for some ideas on creating snazzy spaces for cool kids of all ages.
“Whether your little one is toddling off to their first day of prep, hitting high school or tackling Year 12, having a functional space to sleep, study, relax and escape is essential at every age,” explains Mamta. Most families will update their children’s bedrooms at least three times over the years: nursery; early childhood; and teen. “To keep the space adaptable for the years to come, a good rule of thumb is to anchor the room with some key essentials that won’t date in a hurry. Select pieces that will be functional yet also echo the theme of the main house in order to keep your interiors cohesive.”
If your child is heading into the teenage years, definitely consider upsizing their bed. When the growth spurt hits, their size 10 feet will be hanging off the bed frame faster than you can say “Foot Locker”. Timber is timeless, sturdy and adaptable to every stage with accessories, such a doona covers and cushions, and complements every interior style. The Dawson and Brooklyn beds have a chic urban aesthetic, while the Clover and Brittany are classic and fit beachy, boho and country homes.
Metal frames, too, are also built to last. The Dylan is one of our most popular picks as it’s sturdy and stylish and we have a new shipment arriving at the end of January 2020.
“Homework time can be stressful for kids and parents alike as there’s a nightly scramble for notepads, staplers and rogue USB sticks. Organisation is essential. Yet the biggest style mistake made with study areas is that parents often go out and buy traditional office furniture that kids don’t like,” says Mamta.
The Holly desk is new to Early Settler this year and set to be a winner. It has a stylish A-frame design, 1.2-metre tabletop and deep drawers to stash the glue sticks and pencils. It’s made from solid timber with a light finish and fits into almost every interior design theme.
“Pair your big furniture with a patterned rug, ottoman, throws and cushions to soften the space,” says Mamta.
“Vibrant accessories are still all the rage, such as those with a tropical, jungle or boho theme. Also new for this year is our storybook-style décor arriving in February, which features Peter Rabbit and Alice In Wonderland furnishings and so much more,” says Mamta. “Kids will love it!”