With the kids back at school, it’s the perfect time for a bedroom refresh to get them inspired for the year ahead. As their interests and colour preferences evolve from toddler to teen, it seems in the blink of an eye they go from Peppa Pig and puppy dogs to Silverchair and skulls. We need to keep up! We spoke to Early Settler buyer, Mamta Johal, about the latest trends in furniture and homewares for 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, who has her own prep starting school this year. 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,” she advises. “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. It also 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 Manor is one of our most popular picks as it’s sturdy and stylish. Bed bases are a very affordable option and they come in single, double, queen and king in a variety of timber and upholstered choices.
“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. It doesn’t inspire them to sit down and focus,” 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. “They can be easily replaced and updated over the years as their interests change.”
“Vibrant accessories are still all the rage, such as those with a tropical, jungle or boho theme. Also new for this year is our limited-edition House of Cards homewares, with Peter Rabbit, Alice In Wonderland, the Queen of Heart and so much more,” says Mamta. “Kids will love them!”