Who said grown-ups have all the fun when it comes to design? Meet the stylish homeware and accessories exclusively for youngsters
Feed your little one’s imagination with gorgeous textures, colours and patterns with our pick of trends in the latest child-friendly interiors collections…
1. KIDS, ASSEMBLE!
Today’s kids need more than a makeshift bed sheet-come-cape to feel like the superheroes they see on the big screen. The LittleBits Avengers Hero Inventor Kit lets tots and teens build their very own hi-tech hero gear, all thanks to electronic building blocks and a superhero training app, teaching them to create circuits and block codes along the way.
2. HIDDEN STORIES
Kubel Kids is a mini collection of wallpapers by Sandberg in collaboration with photographer and stylist Anna Kubel.
Inspired by her young daughters, the designs include Morängen (above) and Hollie (below).
Prices start at £65 a roll, sandbergwallpaper.com
See Also: 35 Of The Best Kids Wallpapers Out There
3. FEEL THE FORCE
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, kids had just a stick of chalk and a pavement to play with. Not any more. Sure to get Star Wars super-fans going, the Droid Inventor Kit by LittleBits lets teens and tots build a custom R2-D2 from scratch using electronic blocks and a useful app. It can even be moved with just the wave of a hand. Shame it can’t be programmed to clean the whole house…
4. THE RIGHT NOTE
BleepBleeps’ Benjamin Brushes are designed to get kids a little more excited about caring for their teeth. Stay with us. Thanks to an inbuilt, waterproof speaker at the base, tots can clean away to their favourite song (just download from the BleepBleeps app). Ta-da – that once torturous two minutes is now over in a flash.
5. CUSHIONED CORNER
Cocoon your child in the deep, buttoned Henley headboard, H100xW175xD200cm, that wraps the single bed base, £2,380, on two sides. Choose from a range of fabrics and storage or trundle options.
Available from Jack & Tara, jackandtara.co.uk.
6. PICTURE THIS
Immersive experiences are all the rage and now kids can enjoy their favourite bedtime stories in a room covered floor-to-ceiling in the whimsical illustrations inspired by their pages. Picturebook, a child-focused collection of fabrics, wallpapers, murals, rugs and trimmings by Villa Nova, features three ‘chapters’ designed in collaboration with leading children’s illustrators. Check out Christopher Corr’s portrayals of bustling cityscapes; Frann Preston-Gannon’s digital collages of nature and its four-legged friends; and intricate drawings of bugs and bees by Yuval Zommer. The stylish way to bring fairy tales to life.
7. ANIMAL FARM
Call us nostalgic, but in today’s world of whirring gadgets and whizzing gizmos, there’s something endlessly charming about good old-fashioned wooden toys. Sit this adorable Rocking Elephant next to your tot’s rocking horse and start your very own toy zoo.
8. SOFT PLAY
Introducing Noah’s Friends mini panda, H12cm, €17, by the charming Danish toy brand Maileg. With nine different toys to collect, one is sure to make a great gift for the little animal lover in your life.
9. MINI TRAVELLER
The See-ya wheeled suitcase in Mint, Mustard (shown below), Pink and Rust, H40xW29xD16cm, £59, Olli Ella, is perfect for a weekend away – it even has two elastic bands around the front so your child’s favourite soft toy can come along, too.
Wheeled suitcase, £59, olliella.com
10. CAMPING OUT
Just when you’re worried about how to keep the kids amused during the holidays, lifestyle outlet Freyr and Fell launches its own children’s line. Head over to Little Fell to get mini-mitts on designs from Wildfire Teepees, like this monochrome number, which brings a more sophisticated touch to den-making.
See Also: 25 Gorgeous Kids’ Bedroom Ideas
11. ROCK ON
An ordinary rocking horse just doesn’t cut it for some thrill-seeking tots, making the Rocking Scooter with Italian racing stripes a must for va-va-vroom playrooms. But it’s not all life in the fast lane – sturdy handles and long runners bring stability and safety too.
See Also: Boys’ Bedroom Ideas
12. ABOVE BOARD
Bet you didn’t know you needed one of these in your life. Designer Nikki Kreis is bringing the humble pegboard back with her cool plywood designs. Stamped with chevron, circle and cross patterns, they provide stylish storage and can double as wall art. Nice.
See Also: Girls’ Bedroom Ideas
13. MERI OLD TIME
The sky’s the limit when it comes to kids’ imaginations, calling for play date-worthy bedrooms that’ll transport tots to other worlds.
Meri Meri’s collection is grouped into Cosmos and Confetti, featuring spaceship mobiles, rocket-print bedding, knitted wall decor and tasselled garlands. There are even embroidered dolls with matching outfits for little ones.
We’ll be enquiring if they come in adult size…
14. FIN TASTIC
Disney films don’t have to be the stuff of pure fantasy for little’uns. Promising hours of fun in the pool, these recycled rubber Merfins are hooked on to feet to turn tots into agile mermaids and mermen.
Not wanting to miss out, we deem them acceptable for adult use too.
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