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Sweet Holiday Decorating Ideas for Kids

Want to give your favorite kiddos an extra helping of holiday cheer? Add one or more of these sweet seasonal touches to a child’s bedroom or play space and make little spirits bright. Pour yourself a mug of hot cocoa and read on for all six ideas…

Ave Styles - holiday kids room
Ave Styles

1. Tiny tabletop tree. Itty bitty and totally touchable, a tiny tabletop tree (either real or fake) makes a fun addition to a young child’s room. Pick out a small selection of soft, non-breakable felt and fabric ornaments, and top the tree off with a mini stuffed animal or finger puppet.

Christmas 365 - chalkboard christmas tree
Christmas Around the World

2. Chalk wall tree. Do you already have a chalkboard wall in the bedroom or playroom? If so, you’re potentially mere moments away from one of the most cheerful holiday decorations around: the chalkboard tree! Sketch out a simple Christmas tree shape on the chalk wall and decorate with a taped-on garland. Or, for an even quicker setup, add ornaments drawn on in colorful chalk. Pile up pretend wrapped gifts (try wrapping wooden blocks from a set) and cute stuffed animals to create a festive scene.

Young House Love
Young House Love

3. Petite tree. For children a bit older, nothing beats having their very own kid-size Christmas tree right in their own room! Complete the setup with strands of twinkle lights, soft ornaments and a swath of pretty fabric wrapped around the base to conceal the Christmas tree stand.

Modern Mrs Darcy
Modern Mrs Darcy

4. Book “tree”. You can make this purely decorative or (and I think this is more fun!) you can let your book tree do double-duty as a literary advent calendar. Wrap up books — they can be from your home collection, the local library or new books — and pile them up with the largest on the bottom and smallest on top. With each layer, turn the book a quarter turn to create the spiral effect shown here. When your book tree is complete, decorate it with a few shiny ornaments or a tiny strand of battery-powered twinkle lights.

Christmas 365
Christmas Around the World

Yvestown - colorful striped stocking
Yvestown

5. Sweet stockings. In England and some other regions of the world, Christmas stockings are traditionally hung on the bedposts. But even if Santa will be filling the stockings hung by the chimney, it can be a cheerful touch to put a bonus stocking in your little one’s room as well. A small stuffed bunny rabbit peeking over the top makes an irresistible finishing touch.

Yvestown - red chair with presents
Yvestown

6. Something fluffy…and something red! Fluffy sheepskin, faux fur or even a super-soft knitted throw makes an inviting addition to a child’s room or play space. Try draping a fun throw over a chair or on the bed to provide a cozy spot to sit and read. And finally, consider adding something red. This undeniably bright and cheerful hue tends to be a big favorite with kids year-round and looks especially festive in midwinter. Perhaps a red rug would fit the bill? If so, keep scrolling to see 6 of my favorite cheery red rugs perfect for the holidays and beyond.

Christmas Rugs

Rug Shopping Guide: 1. Santino by Feizy Rugs in red; 2. Kilim by Safavieh in pink; 3. Kenwood by Kaleen in pink; 4. Awning Stripes by Couristan in red; 5. Montauk by Safavieh in red; 6. Montauk by Safavieh in red and ivory.

For more inspiration from Laura, follow along with her at LauraGaskill.com!

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Colorful Modern Rugs for Kids

It seems to be a universal truth that kids love color, and the more, the better! So whether you’re updating your child’s bedroom or play space, or starting a fresh space from scratch, read on for loads of inspiration to create a fresh, colorful, modern room your kiddo (and you) will love.


Petite Interior Co.

Look No. 1: Pastel Brights. In the space shown here, color is playful and bold, with a geometric print rug, wall mural, and mint green bed frame — not to mention the colorful baskets and toys! And yet overall, the room manages to feel fresh and serene. How is this accomplished? In a nutshell, with ample white space. Beginning with a clean palette of white walls and pale or neutral flooring grounds the space and gives all of the fun, colorful pieces some much-needed breathing room. Also, note that while there are a lot of colors present, they are all bright pastels, which work together because they are in the same “family”.


Petite Interior Co.

Look No. 2: Sophisticated Modern. In the next space, shown above, we also see pastels — but this time used as accent pieces, rather than main colors, and more muted in tone. A delicate black and white wallpaper, modern furniture, and gold metallic-trimmed rug pull together to create a space that an older child could happily live with well into the pre-teen years.


Apartment Therapy

Look No.3: Natural Modern. In this room, a tactile felt rug, natural wood furniture, and rainbow artwork work together to create a handcrafted-yet-modern look. If you’re craving a space that is simple and serene, but your child wants color, color, and more color, this could strike just the right balance. The rainbow art and rug are boldly colorful, to be sure, but the slightly muted hues still have a natural look that plays well with organic textiles and modern scandinavian wood furniture.


Apartment Therapy

Look No.4: Bold and Playful. In this Netherlands bedroom, a wild mix of safari-inspired wallpaper, lemon-yellow bed, and zebra-print rug are a fitting match for the playful young gentleman who lives here. Sometimes in decorating a boy’s room, it’s easy to get stuck on too-serious navy and gray, but this space proves that boys can have wildly colorful rooms, too! Once again, notice the ample white space: this time, not only the walls but the floors, too, are painted white. It’s essential to have some breathing room — but the great thing is, once that’s in place, you can really go nuts with color!

Ready to try this at home? I recommend starting with clean white or pale neutral walls, and then beginning to layer in colorful elements within the same color family: choose all pastels; or hits of neon brights; or warm, rich, muted tones. A fabulous rug to anchor the room is a must, so I rounded up 9 of my current top favorites that the kiddos will love, too:

Rug Shopping Guide:

Top row, left to right: Surya Lullaby Waves in sky blue, pink, and purple; Couristan Spectrum Illuminations; Kaleen Lily and Liam in denim

Middle row, left to right: Kate Spade New York Gramercy in off-white and black; Surya Skidaddle Floral Print in lime and sky blue; Couristan Spectrum Fluorescents in beige and red

Bottom row, left to right: Surya Leap Frog Moroccan in purple; Loloi Rugs Lola Shag in plum and white; Loloi Rugs Piper in blue sky

For more inspiration from Laura, follow along with her at LauraGaskill.com!

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Playful + Stylish Spaces for Kids

Playful space

As the parent of a very active and playful little guy, I know firsthand how essential it is for families to have a creative play space in the house! Thankfully, these days it is easier than ever to find kid-friendly furnishings, decor, and even toys that are stylish enough to leave out among the ‘grownup’ stuff. In fact, I would go as far as to say that these kids’ spaces are so fun they may even inspire the adults to leave the smartphone behind and just play!

If you have an entire room to devote to play, that’s great – there is so much you can do with an entire room! Safely installed indoor swings or a small slide can be lifesavers on a cold winter day when you can’t hit the park. A tipi or playhouse is always a hit for pretend play, and a cozy reading/lounging area makes a good spot to flop down for a rest after a major play session. Don’t forget the toy storage – think neat, organized, and easy to access: bins on shelves works well. And notice that the room pictured above is an attic space with a steeply sloping ceiling, but this doesn’t matter one bit to the room’s wee occupants, making this an excellent use of a tricky space.

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Of course if you don’t have a dedicated playroom (I don’t!), there are plenty of ways to incorporate play and creativity into any room in the house. A kid-size table and chairs tucked into a corner of the living room makes an instant project space for arts and crafts or Lego. Attractive woven baskets or canvas bins can hold (and hide) toys in plain sight, making them a great option for living rooms. Fill a few with your child’s current top-favorite toys, and rotate in a fresh selection every few weeks to help stave off boredom.

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The room shown above is packed with great ideas, from the chalkboard wall (always a big hit!) to the labeled drawers, art caddy on the table, and bench with toy trucks lined up underneath. If you homeschool, or need a dedicated homework and project space, this is a wonderful setup to draw inspiration from.

Photo credits: Chango & Co., Domino Magazine, Brandon Architects.

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And let’s not forget the bedroom! I love the idea of using fresh, fun (and removable) decals to create the look of wallpaper on a basic white wall. Kids love color and pattern, so don’t be afraid to pile it on! Choose bright, colorful bedding, pillows in fun shapes, and bold accessories like brightly hued lamps, a cool nightlight, or a table with an interesting shape.

Playful Rugs

On the floor of the play space, I’m loving the entire collection of rugs created by kid-centric design studio Petit Collage for Jaipur Rugs – I’ve highlighted four of my favorites above. Any of these bold, colorful, modern rugs is sure to be a hit with kids… and the stylish parents who love them.

Rug Shopping Guide (clockwise from top left): Jaipur Rugs Playful by Petit Collage ConfettiJaipur Rugs Playful by Petit Collage Sprouts rug in blueJaipur Rugs Playful by Petit Collage Starburst rugJaipur Rugs Iconic by Petit Collage hand-tufted Sticks Rug.

For more inspiration from Laura, follow along with her at LauraGaskill.com!

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Colorful Rugs to Design a Fun Kids’ Room

Colorful Kids Room

A fun bedroom is one of the greatest gifts a parent can give a child. Creating a space in which your kids can play, rest, and feel safe not only teaches them important lessons about self-worth and self-expression, it can be a terrific bonding activity for you both! Encourage your little ones to take ownership of their bedrooms by inviting them into the decorating process. They’ll not only exercise their imaginations but also practice sticking to a budget and committing to their choices.

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Give your child permission to mix colors, patterns, and styles to his/her liking! A wide variety of kids’ room rugs offers the perfect opportunity to inject a vibrant sensibility. Try layering a few different rugs for a dynamic effect, and look for soft natural fibers to set the stage for long hours of playtime on the floor. With your gentle guidance and enthusiastic support, kids will grow up confident that their room is more than just a place for sleep; it’s an authentic statement about who they are!

Shopping Guide: 1. Animal Print Rug 2. Purple Patterned Rug 3. Colorful Rug 4. Rag Rug

Images: 1. 2. 3

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