10 Pan-Inspired Kids' Rooms We All Wish We Had
Let's be honest, who doesn't wish they could take a trip to Neverland? I'll admit, I'm still waiting for Peter Pan and Tinkerbell to whisk me away, but I think I may have already missed the boat, or flight rather. But with Pan hitting theaters tomorrow, my dreams can sort of come true. If you're like me, it's fun to pretend, so I did some nostalgic digging and put together a few of my favorite kids' rooms that are imaginative and creative.
The quest for your very own royal castle ends here, my liege. This fantasy fortress comes equipped with a suit of armor, castle walls, a private bed chamber and most importantly, an indoor slide for a future king or queen. Moat and drawbridge not included.
Birch Forest Inspired Kids Room
"We wanted something that would be fun for the kids and spark their imagination," said interior designer Carrie Maniaci about this birch forest bedroom. Custom murals and materials make this room come alive while the custom built bunk bed really sets this space apart.
Kids love the outdoors, so why not bring the outdoors inside? Hang suspended in the trees in this true-to-life birch forest bedroom fit for any naturalist. The best thing about it? No insects or really hungry bears.
Out of This World
Talk about spaced out. Not only do bright colors, themed bedspread and a hanging three-dimensional solar system keep this Lilo and Stitch-inspired bedroom in orbit, but the stars are outlined in glow-in-the-dark paint so the room stays alive even after the lights are turned out.
When you're an adult you're lucky to enjoy a tropical escape every once in a while, but what if it could be every day? A custom-built treehouse complete with a slide, ladder and comfy cabana for naptime combine to make an adorable and fun-filled oasis for any little Tarzan or Jane.
Set the Stage
The Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey are sure to be jealous of this circus-themed playroom that serves triple duty as a home theater, performance stage and recreation room. Pass the cotton candy, please.
Library in the Clouds
Inspired by the Dr. Seuss book Oh, the Places You'll Go, designer Felicity Chapman, of I.S. Design in Los Altos, Calif., designed this room for smarts and whimsy.
As parents of little bookworms know, book collections often outgrow their bookshelves. Chapman not only gave the little literati room to grow her collection, but she also added some fun and useful touches: The lower cabinets store toys in easy-to-remove baskets and the inner panels have magnetic paint. "The doors are functional for storage, but they are also great places to practice spelling and to display [artwork]," Chapman says.
The oversized floor pillows and window seat create cozy reading nooks where a child can dive solo into her favorite story or cuddle up with a parent for some quality reading time.
Under the Sea
Your little marine enthusiast will treasure this under-the-sea adventure room, complete with a gnarly surfing headboard and a treasure-chest bed. But the children's room mural is the star of the show in this water wonderland. "When a child walks in the room and shuts his door, he feels, literally, like he's underwater," says designer Becky Najafi, of the De Atelier Design Group.
The underwater party on the walls did create a dilemma, however: The swarm of beautiful oceanic creatures wash a wave of watery authenticity over the space, but leave little room for bookcases or large pieces of furniture. Najafi solved the storage problem by finding a treasure of a captain's bed for this undersea adventure, which keeps a wealth of booty hidden inside.
Come Sail Away
Dock your little captain in this cool-breeze nautical room, where he or she can sail away anytime into dreamland. From Pottery Barn Kids, the boat bed anchors the room, but accessories, such as the nautical flags and architectural sailboat sketches, will drive learning and curiosity about sailing, navigation and seaside communications.
While it's clear that living in this sailboat sanctuary will thrill the seafaring soul, boosting the educational aspect of the room is as easy as A, B, C. Decorate with the colorful and geometrically interesting nautical flag alphabet, and make it a breeze to combine a child's oceanic interests with reading and codes.
Wild, Wild West
Wow your child with this Wild West bungalow, complete with a teepee canopy. This room, featured at PoshTots, has neutral walls to showcase the big sky-toned accessories like Americana art reproductions and a Western-style chair.
Parents can decorate and educate by displaying a series of maps showing the nation's acquisition of the Western states, and take the opportunity to talk with older children about the plight of the Native Americans during the Western movement. Native American symbols on the teepee can be carried as a theme throughout the room, as well: paint them as a border or hang artistic representations as stand-alone art pieces.
If a child's love of the Old West is more about mares and less about manifest destiny, saddle up the room with horseback riding accessories. An equine-loving child will have a galloping good time decorating with horseshoes, cowboy boots or even a saddle chair. Brighten up the room with colorful bandana-patterned lamp shades or sheets to add a burst of color while staying true to the horse-loving theme.
"This room is all about imagination and fantasy," says designer Becky Najafi, of the De Atelier Design Group. With its fun femininity, it's sure to delight any little girl who loves stories of faraway lands and happy endings.
But the marriage of practicality with whimsy isn't just a dream here. The daybed has a trundle for sleepovers, and an opposite wall features a built-in desk area. The mural on the walls depicts a fairy-tale land, complete with glitter-glazed paints and a personalized portrait of the little girl who lives in the room. The brightly colored geometric print on the bedspread and fabulously frou-frou canopy set the stage for a little girl's imagination.
For pint-sized naturalists, the world is one big mystery. Just like plants, giving little earth enthusiasts the right environment will allow them to bloom and grow. This kids' room theme, from Pottery Barn Kids, is fertile ground for little gardeners and nature lovers.
The combination of chalkboard, pegboard and corkboard wall modules allows children to keep organized and jot down ideas or artistic inspirations while also giving them a place to display plant charts, insect photos or their own creative creatures. On the floor, the Schoolhouse Storage Cubbies feature storage solutions for budding brains. Keeping seeds, nature guides and bug books organized will become natural with drawers as well as a wide-open shelf. Adding a window box where children can cultivate plants will delight growing gardeners, so an attractive all-weather rug underneath the dirt-filled delights may be a bright idea.
Play is the building block of childhood learning, and this romper room, collaboratively designed by Lena Seow, Vrinda Khanna and Suzan Wines of I-Beam Design, is an architecturally inclined child's wonderland. LEGO boards cover a wall of this room, from floor to ceiling. "Children can build with or against gravity," says Wines, adding that the child's ability to impact the basic architecture of the play area by building on the wall is a large part of the appeal. "Everything a child builds becomes an integral part of the play-space architecture until a new construction is made," she says.
The room also features small cube-shaped pillows, adding to the building adventure. "Kids can build their own environments to play in and on," Wines says.
For older children who might not enjoy primary-colored LEGO walls but who have a more mature understanding of design, find old blueprints and frame them for a sophisticated architectural environment.
Around the World
The earth is a very big place, and your child will experience the wonders of the world while tucked away in this global room from PoshTots. Maps on the walls and as furniture embellishments will give your child visions of wide open spaces beyond their home, while the compass rose mosaic theme on the furniture carries the cartography theme across the room. Parents can explore the learning power of this theme further by decorating the walls with large maps of different continents, or by painting a directionally accurate compass on the ceiling.9-poshtots-kids-bedroom
Dreamy Kid's Travel-Themed Bedroom With Airplane-Shaped Bed
For the kid who loves planes, an aviation-inspired bedroom is the dream. A retro biplane bed sits in the center of the room surrounded by floor-to-ceiling maps, painted clouds on a tray ceiling and a compass-shaped ceiling medallion.
Up, up and away! For those of us who wish we could fly, it's now possible to bring that fantasy to life with this custom airplane bed. A ceiling covered in clouds, suitcase storage and a world map mural prepares kids for any adventure they might dream up.
The Giving Tree
Kids' Contemporary Playroom with Custom Wall Mural
This whimsical playroom inspires creativity, learning, and playtime fun with a colorful wall mural, multiple work areas for drawing and crafting, a slide, and hanging chair. Creative storage makes organization and access to toys easy for both parent and kid.
Walk into a whimsical woodland that provides hours of entertainment and endless inspiration. From arts and crafts tables to a slide and suspended swinging seat, this kids' space takes the typical playroom to the next level and encourages playfulness and creativity.
Ashton is a huge Nemo fan and the design for the wall mural was inspired by the design of the exterior building at the Art of Animation Resort, the newest resort on Disney property. Scheduled to open starting in May, The Art of Animation Resort has themed rooms that give their guests Òa place to stay in the middle of a Disney story with all your characters." Inspired by ÒTurtle Talk with CrushÓ at EpcotÕs Living Seas, AshtonÕs Turtle Bed is an amazing place for our Òlittle dudeÓ to hang out. It is be the centerpiece and part of the 2nd layer of the Òliving animationÓ in AshtonÕs Room. This bed is a one of a kind, safe comfy place for Ashton to find some alone time after a busy day as a Òbig brother.Ó Also in AshtonÕs room, which is based on Nemo Suite at Art of Animation Resort, is a fold down Òtable bed.Ó When folded up itÕs a unique Surfboard desk, when folded down itÕs an extra bed so Ashton can have friends or siblings spend the night. The bed was attached to the wall and then the surfboard, made from 1/8Ó thick Sintra, a durable foam board that is dirt and scratch resistant, was attached to the top.
This Finding Nemo-inspired bedroom is totally righteous! Who wouldn't want to cuddle up with Crush every night and wake up to the friendly faces of Dory and Nemo every morning?
Queen of the Castle
For the Òfeisty fairy,Ó Emma, little perch in her own fairy tree, where she can look out at the castle watch for Tinkerbell to fly down just like she did at the Magic Kingdom. This loft bed is designed to look like a tree Ð there are 4 eucalyptus posts, and a base that will hold a twin mattress surrounded by a bed rail of Òbranches.Ó The posts and base is dressed with Willow look branches with two arched Òbranch bowersÓ on either side of the base. The leaves in the nest of the loft bed are tied into the wall mural, giving the illusion that the bed is part of a bigger tree. The other side of the room features A Royal ÒGildedÓ throne bed for Princess HannahÕs castle the bed was inspired by the ÔTianaÕ suite at Port Orleans Royal suites Attached to wall, it appears that Hannah is looking out from inside her castle bedroom, toward another castle in the distance.
Forget catering to evil step-sisters and sweeping the chimney, this Cinderella has it made in this sweet little bedroom with its castle-inspired details and enchanted forest color palette.
Under the Sea
Blue Contemporary Media Room and Playspace
A no-holds-barred approach to decorating results in a whimsical undersea adventure in this media room and playspace. Shell-shaped theater seats and a treasure chest-turned-entertainment console create a focal point on one wall, while colorful murals and built-in seating are presented on the adjacent wall.
Alan Goldstein, 2009 Alan Goldstein Photography
Dive into a deep-sea adventure in this ocean-inspired media playroom that would definitely be Ariel-approved. From the shell-shaped chairs to elaborate wall mural, this room caters to a kids' dream of living beneath the waves.
There is something magical about a room that has a classic, vintage feel. Mixing traditional elements with handmade pieces in the design of a room brings a timeless and elegant vibe. "I wanted something appropriate for a little girl and something that she would grow into as well. The style I aimed for was a soft look with no frilly details. The wallpaper, as well as the wrought iron bed, is all at once vintage, feminine and classic," shares mother of three Maria Dratell, of Maria Dratell Interiors. Photo courtesy of ProjectNursery.com
Gray Is Good
All shades of the color gray are making their way into kids' design. It's the great, new neutral that parents such as blogger and new mom, Kaylee, are gravitating to — using it for the walls, furniture and bedding. Gray tones coupled with soft colors like yellow, pink or tangerine remain serene and soft but with a modern twist. Photo courtesy of ProjectNursery.com
"Design seems to follow the trends of fashion, and as we see people embrace bright colors and vibrant prints in their attire, they are also welcoming it into their homes," says MyTinyNest. "We see people embracing bright colors and bold patterns with less trepidation, bringing a sense of the pending fun of the spaces into the design palettes." Parents are no longer afraid to take a design risk. A room that is overly matchy-matchy may be a thing of the past. Photo courtesy of ProjectNursery.com
Forget the traditional, bulky ottoman. Poufs are popping up all over the place. Tammie Le, of InterScene Studio, says this Moroccan-inspired look "adds so much life and color to the room while multi-tasking as additional seating — a soft surface she can use to learn the art of balance and standing and a cute place to display cuddly stuffed animals and baby books. The fabric used is baby-friendly, and the ottoman is lightweight for easy mobility. It's been a big hit when family and friends visit." Photo courtesy of ProjectNursery.com
One Wall Says It All
"We don't advocate wrapping the whole room in wallpaper," say Julie Frank and Alessia Corpino, of MyTinyNest. "It can overwhelm the space and make the room feel very claustrophobic — sometimes it's one wall; at other times, it's more, all depending on the space, the pattern, the lighting and most importantly, the client's desired vision." Photo courtesy of MyTinyNest
The Comeback Kid
The wallpaper trend is everywhere and this trend isn't going anywhere! Unlike papers of the past that were were too cutesy or too frilly, fun and contemporary wallpapers that both parents and kids will love are now easily accessible. NYC-based children's interior design firm MyTinyNest says, "We like to use wallpaper since it changes the overall feel of the room and becomes the backdrop for the scheme. In appropriate projects, the effect of a whole wall in a pattern or graphic is stronger than that of a piece of art, and it helps capture the parents' intended feel and energy for the space." Photo courtesy of MyTinyNest
No Expiration Dates
Growing in popularity is the desire to create a kid's room that doesn't scream "kiddie" and offers a bit more sophistication. "We wanted to created a space that worked for him as he transitioned out of a crib and into a big boy bed but that would also be able to grow with him as he got older," shares mother of two and designer Liz Carroll, of Liz Carroll Interiors. A clean navy and white color combination coupled with crisp pops of green give this room a preppy chic feel yet the subtle jungle theme keeps the room kid-friendly. Photo courtesy of ProjectNursery.com
Whites Paired With Brights
Children love color, but too much in one space can feel overpowering. Using pops of bold colors against a clean white palette creates a light and airy feel. Designer Andrika King, of Andrika King Design, says, "Using white as a backdrop in a child's room is an easy way to make the room flow with the rest of the house without standing out too much as a 'child's room.' Let the accessories, such as lamps, rugs, books, and bedding, be your pop of color, and keep the furniture and walls white." Photo courtesy of ProjectNursery.com
Traditional bunk beds are one thing, but taking sleeping arrangements to soaring new heights is another. Popular fashion blogger, Nicole Feliciano, of Momtrends.com, created a fashionable yet functional room for her two little girls. "In NYC, space is tight, and you have to be creative. We dream of the four bedroom, 2500 sq.ft. apartment, but for now it's not a reality. What we lack in normal square footage here, we make up for with tall ceilings. We decided to go vertical and create some additional space by lofting the girls' room. Our reality is shared space. The good news is our girls love little nooks. By giving each girl her own loft area each with a private staircase, each has a small hideout from the world and a space of her own to dream in." Photo courtesy of Nicole Feliciano, Momtrends.com
Sleep Taking Center Stage
Every parent knows sleep is like gold, so why not create a room for your child with good sleep habits in mind and make the bed a focal point. Gerri Panebianco and Naomi Alon, of Little Crown Interiors, suggest, "Whenever possible, particularly in the case where your child is having difficulty sleeping in his or her own bed, create a floor plan that accentuates the bed. If the room is focused on playthings or study areas, the child can easily associate the space with those activities rather than the important activity of sleeping through the night." Photo courtesy of ProjectNursery.com
'Clearly' Modern Materials
Designers are stepping it up a notch when it comes to designing their own children's rooms. Vanessa Antonelli, of NessaLee Baby, used luxe-looking materials like lucite and faux leather as the focal point in her son's nursery. "I wanted the furniture to be somewhat minimal and modern, so I needed something that complemented the lines of the furniture but also made a statement. That's when the idea of the panels came to me. Lucite is such a fun material because it's sort of like stainless steel in the way that it's immediately associated with a modern space. What I liked was that because it is see-through, it keeps the light flowing, allowing for the open and airy feel. I also loved that he could see out of the panel on the crib with ease." Photo courtesy of ProjectNursery.com
Celebrate the Ceiling
Design trends have moved beyond the four walls. Now the ceiling is getting the attention it deserves. Painted with bold stripes or even wallpapered, decorated ceilings can give an unexpected dash of drama to the baby nursery or kid's room. The playful and bright Sharon Taylor Designs nursery seen here boasts quite possibly the boldest ceiling stripes yet. Photo courtesy of ProjectNursery.com