Written by Laura - one of Love Kiddo's lovely brand reps
I’m Laura (@pippaandhenry.home) and I’m an interiors addict! Ha!
I’ve always loved all things interiors, well all things creative really! I took GCSE Graphic Design at school and absolutely loved it, I would have taken Art too if there weren’t rules about taking one subject in each category. Looking back now I should have done a creative subject at university, but who knows what they want to do for the rest of their lives at 18?!
When Sam and I bought our first house I absolutely loved putting moodboards together for all of the rooms in our house and I love nothing more than a shopping spree in Homesense, IKEA or H&M Home - it’s like therapy! Much to the detriment of my bank account!
As soon as I found out I was pregnant with both Pippa and Henry, I knew I wanted to find out their gender, so I could start planning what I wanted their bedrooms to look like. I knew I wanted to embrace colour in both of their rooms. I believe that when decorating a kids room it should feel fun and I think kids spaces are where you can be a bit bolder with your colour choices.
When we moved to this house, Pippa was 2. I knew I didn’t want to go for any sort of pink, at the time it just felt like it had been done and I wanted a colour that would grow with her. As she got older we wouldn’t have to re-paint then, we could just change up the accessories. I thought green would be a good option, and after looking at lots of different shades, I eventually decided on Valspar’s ‘Ship Shape’ - it’s such a gorgeous colour, and I decided I wanted to paint 3/4 of the wall and leave the rest white.
Pippa’s bed and reading nook
When it came to other colours that I wanted to incorporate, I took Pippa’s lead. It’s her room and I wanted it to feel like her space. She loves unicorns and rainbows so that’s where I took my inspiration from - every colour of the rainbow features in her room somewhere, there are no rules really. It’s just a room full of her favourite things, with functional spaces for her to use like her reading nook and her desk and pegboard. She’s 6 now and often takes herself off to do some colouring, homework or read a book in her room - which is the whole point, it’s a space she wants to spend time in.
Pippa’s desk area
As soon as I found out Henry was a boy I knew I wanted his room to be mainly blue and mustard yellow, I love how those colours look together. I also knew I wanted it to be loosely safari based. I came across the blue for Henry’s room on Hayley’s account (@homewith_hayley) in her little boys room. I get loads of messages asking me what that blue is called (Dulux - Denim Drift) but I wouldn’t have found it without Hayley! After getting the paint I decided I wanted to do some scallops in Henry’s room - so me and my wonderful mum and sister drew them all on the wall and hand painted them. It took ages to do, but I think it’s so worth it. It really adds something to Henry’s room.
Henry’s bed and gallery wall
All of the accessories in Henry’s room have been added to over time, there are obviously some IKEA, H&M Home and VertbaudetUK bits, but I’m a big believer in supporting small businesses, and I have bought a lot of gorgeous small business goodies for both Pippa’s and Henry’s rooms. I just think the work that’s gone into those individual pieces, rather than something that is mass produced, really shows, and I like the idea that someone does a little happy dance when I put in an order. There are some amazing small businesses on Instagram too, so make sure you check them out!
Henry’s reading corner
I am a total amateur really when it comes to kids interiors (and blog posts!), but I absolutely love it. I feel like I’ve developed a good eye for what will look good, and I just trust my gut.
My top tips would be:
Don’t be scared of colour! Pick 2 or 3 colours that you think will work well together, and go for it. You can’t be too bold in a kids room!
Pick colours that will grow with your child - in both Pippa’s and Henry’s rooms I don’t plan on painting the walls for a LONG time! Changing up the bedding and decor on the walls can make the space look totally different - you don’t have to completely re-decorate, it’ll save you lots of time and money.
If your kids are terrible sleepers and their rooms are big enough, get them a double bed, you will not regret it! It will save you having to sleep on the floor, and will be great for sleepovers when they’re older
When buying something from a big retailer, check Vinted and Facebook Marketplace - all of our H&M Home animal heads are from Vinted and were such bargains!
Involve your child and get some ideas from them, it’ll make them feel like it’s their space
Have fun with it!
Thanks so much for reading!