Whether you’re the kind of mum who wants your kids room to look super stylish and flow with the rest of your home (no judgment here!) or you let them have carte blanche (however jarring it is to the grown up eye), we have asked Jen Bishop from The Interiors Addict to share a few key principals you can follow to get it functioning and looking better!

Our playroom. Shot by Jacqui Turk


Keep it simple but not boring

Kids rooms can get hectic really quickly. There’s a lot of toys, a lot of colours, and then sometimes clothes, school stuff and who knows what else! So having a room that isn’t overly busy on the eye to start with, say when it’s perfectly tidy, is key.

This doesn’t mean your kid’s room has to be boring or too neutral. While we’d all love one of those insta-worthy bedrooms, they’re often just not realistic or a place your child will actually want to spend time. Another reason to keep your kids’ room visually clutter-free is because it’s where they sleep. If there’s too much going on, it’s not conducive to relaxing and winding down at the end of the day. And we know more sleep for them means more sleep for us. Win-win!

My best advice here is to pick your hero and not have too many heroes.

Your hero could be a fab wallpaper, it might be a stripy roman blind, a really colourful fun floor rug, a painted feature wall, a great piece of art, busy bed linen or a statement piece of furniture. Make it fun and make it pop but just don’t have too many statements fighting with each other. Down play everything else.

When it comes to art, I’m a huge fan of Alphaberts and my sons have these for their initials. You can also get 20% off with my code JEN20.


Alphaberts’ retro initial art suits any room and comes in loads of different colours


A place for everything and everything in its place

It’s true that this approach keeps everything tidier and more easily. So invest in places for everything. We’re talking storage and it comes in all shapes and sizes. One of my absolute favourites is the TROFAST system from IKEA. It’s affordable, good quality, the perfect compact size and height for kids, and you can add in as many units as you need and customise to your room. There’s also the choice of white or timber depending on the look you’re after. Our playroom at home is full of the stuff and it’s amazing.

Ikea trofast pink

IKEA TROFAST which you can also see in my playroom at the top of this article


We also labelled all our tubs with a Dymo labeller so the kids know where everything goes back to. If they’re not old enough to read, this still makes things a lot easier for mum or dad tidying up the mess at the end of the day!

Ikea trofast closeup

The Trofast units in my playroom are labelled


Mustard’s gorgeous metal lockers, in a variety of colours, are also awesome storage and fit the brief above for statement furniture that pops!

Mustard Locker

Mustard Locker

Images via Mustard


Don’t forget about baskets though. They’re amazing for the soft toys and bigger toys that won’t fit in tubs. I also love Typo’s lightweight, foldable plastic crates which come in different sizes and colours.

typo crates

Image via Typo

Keeping books under control

Now, I’m giving books their own section because keeping them tidy and somewhat organised can be a big job and if there’s one thing my kids can have as many of as they like, it’s books! Book storage is different from most things in a kid’s room because you really want them to still be accessible and appealing to your little ones, while at the same time maintaining some kind of order.

Ikea flisat wall

My kids have these shelves in their playroom and bedroom. Shot by Jacqui Turk


At the risk of this sounding like an IKEA ad, I’m recommending you head straight there for some of my favourite solutions, including the FLISAT wall shelves and book displays. I absolutely love the wall shelves and they’re such a good deal at $35. Either keep them timber (you can’t go wrong with solid timber!) or paint them the same colour as your wall. They not only keep books off the floor, and you can mount them at kid height, but having your books facing cover outwards makes them easy for kids to select. And an extra bonus? Colourful decor for your room!


FLISAT book display via IKEA


Embrace classics and longevity

 You don’t have to let all that licensed merchandise into your child’s bedroom for it to still feel like a kid’s room. And if you don’t want to be changing things every time their obsessions change (from dinosaurs to planes to Marvel to Mario; you know how it goes!) then sticking to the classics is a great idea. Think polkadots, stripes and gingham, pastels and primary colours.

Pottery Barn Kids

Image via Pottery Barn Kids


Think about longevity when you buy pieces like beds and dressers. Can you still see it working when your toddler is a tween? There’s absolutely no reason a first bed can’t last until the teenage years if you buy a classic, good quality piece. Buy well and buy once is another cliche I’ve found to ring very true! It’s the smaller things you won’t mind replacing every couple of years. Yes, those racing car beds look awesome, but how many years are you really going to get out of it? And if you still want to go ahead, check out Facebook Marketplace to pick up things like this for a fraction of the price. Because we all know as soon as our kids outgrow some colourful plastic, we can’t wait to get rid of it and usually pass it on for a steal!


I hope this was useful. For more info, check our our kids room section on the Interiors Addict!

Don’t forget the important safety aspects of kids’ rooms too, like attaching all furniture to the walls.

Read more about my boys’ playroom

See the last baby room I did


𝐼𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑖𝑜𝑟𝑠 𝐴𝑑𝑑𝑖𝑐𝑡 𝑖𝑠 𝑠𝑒𝑒𝑛 𝑎𝑠 𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑖𝑜𝑟𝑠 𝑛𝑒𝑤𝑠 𝑠𝑖𝑡𝑒 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑎 𝑝𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑜𝑛𝑎𝑙 𝑡𝑜𝑢𝑐ℎ. 𝐽𝑒𝑛 ℎ𝑎𝑠 𝑎 𝑠𝑒𝑟𝑖𝑜𝑢𝑠 𝑙𝑜𝑣𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝑎𝑙𝑙 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔𝑠 𝑑𝑒𝑐𝑜𝑟 𝑎𝑛𝑑 ℎ𝑜𝑚𝑒𝑤𝑎𝑟𝑒𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑖𝑠 𝑎𝑛 𝑖𝑛 𝑑𝑒𝑚𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑎𝑠 𝑎 𝑏𝑟𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑎𝑚𝑏𝑎𝑠𝑠𝑎𝑑𝑜𝑟 (𝐴𝑚𝑎𝑧𝑜𝑛, 𝐼𝑁𝐺, 𝑆𝑝𝑜𝑡𝑙𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡, 𝑅𝑎𝑤𝑠𝑜𝑛 𝐻𝑜𝑚𝑒𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝐼𝐾𝐸𝐴) 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑟𝑒𝑔𝑢𝑙𝑎𝑟𝑙𝑦 𝑎𝑐𝑡𝑠 𝑎 𝑚𝑒𝑑𝑖𝑎 𝑠𝑝𝑜𝑘𝑒𝑠𝑝𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑜𝑛 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑏𝑟𝑎𝑛𝑑𝑠. 𝐽𝑒𝑛 𝑏𝑒𝑙𝑖𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑠 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑦𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑠ℎ𝑜𝑢𝑙𝑑 𝑔𝑒𝑡 𝑗𝑜𝑦 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑖𝑟 ℎ𝑜𝑚𝑒, 𝑤ℎ𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑖𝑟 𝑏𝑢𝑑𝑔𝑒𝑡 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑤ℎ𝑒𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑦 𝑟𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑜𝑟 𝑜𝑤𝑛.

Jen Bishop
𝐽𝑒𝑛 𝑖𝑠 𝑎𝑙𝑠𝑜 𝑚𝑢𝑚 𝑜𝑓 𝑡𝑤𝑜 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑔 𝑏𝑜𝑦𝑠 𝑠𝑜 𝑢𝑛𝑑𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑛𝑑𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑠𝑡𝑟𝑢𝑔𝑔𝑙𝑒𝑠 𝑏𝑒𝑡𝑤𝑒𝑒𝑛 𝑏𝑒𝑎𝑢𝑡𝑖𝑓𝑦𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑟 ℎ𝑜𝑚𝑒 𝑏𝑢𝑡 𝑘𝑒𝑒𝑝𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑖𝑡 𝑝𝑟𝑎𝑐𝑡𝑖𝑐𝑎𝑙 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑏𝑢𝑑𝑔𝑒𝑡 𝑓𝑟𝑖𝑒𝑛𝑑𝑙𝑦. 𝐻𝑒𝑟 𝑡𝑖𝑝𝑠, 𝑡𝑟𝑖𝑐𝑘𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑖𝑛𝑠𝑖𝑑𝑒𝑟 𝑘𝑛𝑜𝑤𝑙𝑒𝑑𝑔𝑒 𝑤𝑖𝑙𝑙 ℎ𝑒𝑙𝑝 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑐𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑡𝑒 𝑎 𝑠𝑝𝑎𝑐𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑙𝑜𝑣𝑒 𝑖𝑛 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑦 𝑟𝑜𝑜𝑚 𝑜𝑓 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑟 ℎ𝑜𝑚𝑒.

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