No matter how much you love your children, chances are you won’t always love their spaces. And not just when they’re teenagers and the room has suddenly turned into a dumping ground – finding the balance between spaces you like and spaces children actually want to be in is no easy feat. Or, when you do find that elusive balance in styles, a year or two passes and they outgrow their current layout – and suddenly it’s time to go through the process all over again.

Regular readers will know we at est believe in buying less but better, and children’s spaces shouldn’t be excluded from that approach. Instead we’ve drawn on some of our favourite spaces for small people from over the years for inspiration – be it great storage, tasteful decor or simply a space that can be enjoyed by all members of the family.

Whimsical Wallpaper

This Bronte home by The Designory pulls off multiple children’s spaces with charm and character, but we particularly like their use of wallpaper. By employing wallpaper for a feature wall against an interesting colour backdrop and complimented by pretty yet practical furnishings, this is a kid’s bedroom that retains feelings of play and wonder.

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Clever Storage

The sleek minimal style of this children’s playroom by Quinn Architecture hides its best asset – boxes of storage, tucked beneath the subtle white shelving that lines the wall. Bolstered by a colourful rug and plenty of natural light it’s a breezy space to play and to keep tidy afterwards.

Rustic Bunks

If space restraints mean you simply must go for bunk beds, then we suggest a pared-back and rustic style. As seen in the Shelter Island Home, these simple timber bunks add a natural aesthetic, refreshingly minimal in style and easy to adjust to different styles and space.

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Restrained Colour

At their core, kids spaces should feel like a space a kid would want to be. In that regard this Armadale home is a good example of using one or two punchy colours combined with good storage and dependable furniture to walk the fine line between what kids like and what adults would perhaps prefer.

Light & White

On the flipside of using colour, a light-filled, light-hued space will remain relevant for years (and growing phases) to come. This minimalist space as seen on Bloesem is to us the perfect blank canvas for any age, gender or personality.

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Tactile Elements

Textural features (like the grey felt of this desk space in this Northcote home) add personality to spaces without committing to bright patterns or colours. We particularly like the way the timber and felt add a balance to the strong white lines of this space, making a space that could feel awkward warm and inviting.

Space Savers

Again, while we aren’t generally drawn to the built-in cabinetry bunk, when done thoughtfully it can be both space saving and design-friendly solution for a bedroom, as demonstrated in this Prahran home by Studio Tate.

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