Decorating a Toddler’s Room

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This is a big boy room for a 3-year old boy, Dylan. The room is accessorized for a 3-year-old but as the child grows, the main pieces will remain age appropriate, and grow with him. When designing a kid’s room, I always try to avoid ‘cutesy’ elements to the room. Everything in this room is edgy, cool and hopefully will be stylish for a long time to come, yet it is still appealing to a 3-year-old.
This room started with the amazing fabric sourced from Tonic Living. From this jumping off point, we selected the Monte Design Toddler Dorma bed colours of charcoal with a navy pipe. When chooseing the furniture in the space, it’s important to think about how well it will be used and functionally what you want to accomplish with each piece. This upholstered bed was chosen as it is sophisticated and will grow with the child, but also comes with the matching upholstered rails so the room isn’t taken down a notch with cheap removable rails. The beauty of this bed is that it can sustain the beating of a small boy and as a bonus, it has a trundle bed for future sleepovers!
The framed navy chalkboard wall is a great focal point to the room and anchors the bed. Adding the distressed wood and metal letters adds a personal touch without feeling too juvenile. The acacia wood night table took six months to find (Restoration Hardware options were sent back twice) and I’m glad I waited; it works perfectly with the wood letter above and then tied in the lamp with the metals all coordinating.
On the opposite wall, narrow custom shelving provides a great spot to house some of Dylan’s toy trucks and cars. The metal bolts were a last minute add on (they cover up the drill holes where shelves were fastened to the studs!).
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