As Published In OCL - Selecting A Hero Piece For Your Children's Room

When designing a nursery or children’s bedroom from scratch, there are an endless number of options and choices to be made, which of course can be a little overwhelming.

Where do you start? Well, when I’m designing a room for a client the first step is to determine what their needs are. What are the storage requirements? Is the room for a teenager or younger child? What is the long-term plan for the house, will you be staying for a while or is it an in-between house? And, if it’s a forever home you may want to consider investing a bit more to make it perfect.

Next, you want to think about your theme and Pinterest can be an invaluable tool in developing a design concept. As we saw on The Block recently, the themes seen were a sophisticated room fit for a princess, a jungle escape, an adventurous aussie room, a teenage retreat, and a whimsical girls room.

Once you’ve set your theme, you can start planning and starting with a hero piece can further cement your direction as you build around it.

To explain, a hero piece is a high impact, statement item that you love and are happy to base the entire room around, such as the Incy Bed seen on The Block. It might inspire colours and shapes in your room. Your hero piece will generally be large in size, though this need not always be the case.

Ideas for hero pieces include the most important piece in the room, the bed, but could also be a large floor rug, a beautiful piece of art and, particularly for children’s rooms, an installation of wall stickers. The wonderful thing about these ideas is they’re equally suited to renters as well as homeowners, as nothing permanent is done to the room and you can take them with you.

If you are going to place a rug in your kid's room, a great option is a large low pile rug, as unlike high pile rugs, low pile will not be squashed from the constant walking/jumping/playing of little people. One supplier to keep in mind is Armadillo and Co. They have a wonderful range of kids rugs that give great impact within a room and are so soft for children to play on, plus you can choose from a range of colours and sizes to suit your taste and space. They also work equally well in a boy’s room or girl’s room.

Once you’ve picked your hero piece, you can draw inspiration from it. Pick two or three colours and replicate them in cushions, bedding and other items. Include a variety of textures, including wood and inviting, soft fabrics as layers add warmth. Above all, have fun! Children’s rooms are a great opportunity to get creative. But, if you need any help along the way, visit our contact page.