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Right, that's it. DD is having a new bedroom. Inspire me please!

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EyeballsintheSky Tue 02-Jun-09 13:14:20

At 38 weeks pg I lovingly assembled heavy cots etc and decorated and bordered a nursery. We even plastered walls ffs! My little bugger darling has never spent a night in there, preferring our king size bed hmm

We need to evict dd if there is to be any chance of dc2 and, having considered all my options, I have decided to bypass my lovely nursery and keep it spick and span for any additions. Instead I'm going to clear out the rag and bone yard spare room and make it a proper bedroom for her (nursery is teeny tiny and she would have to move at some point anyway).

I am not doing this for fun as clearing out decorating leaves me cold so I need ideas for colour schemes and decor that will last her a few years (she's only 16 months). I don't mind pink as such but not too vomit inducing if poss.

So, how are your little girls' bedrooms decorated?

ilovetochat Tue 02-Jun-09 13:18:23

ooh im interested too, dd is nearly 2 and we are starting to think about moving her.
ive seen a low single bed in mothercare and a lovely butterfly design duvet set, although i think she may prefer the makka pakka one, yuck.
i want a nice bookcase for her too.

MadameCastafiore Tue 02-Jun-09 13:23:03

I would paint it white and use wall stickers to make it girly and have warm wooden furniture.

Have promised to transform DDs room like this next year (our room still not done since we moved in so she can wait!) - sort of like these and then use other quite bright purples and really fun bright colours in the room.

EyeballsintheSky Tue 02-Jun-09 13:23:31

OMG dd would adore a Night Garden bedroom but I refuse! She has loads of the toys and books but I am not looking at those weird critters all the time

I'm feeling a pale sunny yellow at the moment...

EyeballsintheSky Tue 02-Jun-09 13:25:57

White would be good. I can do white easily Annoyingly, the room is lilac at the moment but I'm sick of looking at it not that we can see it through all the crap

HouseisJackBauersDoctor Tue 02-Jun-09 13:29:56

I painted the ceiling and walls blue and then drew a wavy line around the room from knee to waist height and painted it green underneath, so it looks like hills and sky.
Then I got a load of jungle stickers and stuck them all over.
DD's share a room and this year DD2 will be moving into a bed so I am going to take the animals down and put a castle on one wall and trees on another for a princess/fairy room. (but with no pink!)

GooseyLoosey Tue 02-Jun-09 13:31:10

I quite like some of Next's furniture for girls here.

Also, if you want a bookcase, these have always looked fab to me and I hanker after one for ds.

For a bed, as she is only 16 months, I quite like the extendable ones from Ikea together with a rail (we have had one for dd from 22 months and she will be 5 soon).

EyeballsintheSky Tue 02-Jun-09 13:41:51

But DD has a 7 letter name... They're gorgeous though.

Bed isn't too much of an issue as the junk pit has two new large single beds in there already and I would temporarily take the base off and have the mattress on the floor (it's lovely and squashy so not a problem)

MadameCastafiore Tue 02-Jun-09 13:44:29

M&S used to do a range called reece which was very reasonable for kids rooms.

I would steer clear of a theme, dates very quickly and you would get sick of it after a while. Just as an idea - DDs room is sugary (barf) pink at the moment with The White Company bunting strung around the picture rail and pink ginghan curtains and large prints on the wall in pastel shades - very girly and has lasted till she is almost 9 as we had it decorated the same in our old house for her.

LadyG Tue 02-Jun-09 14:04:49

wall stickers are great. DD (10 months) has these-they have lots of lovely designs.

Metatron Tue 02-Jun-09 14:07:25

ikea do nice stuff in the fabler range. looks great with white.

bagpuss Tue 02-Jun-09 14:16:38

I also would suggest white for walls. DH recently spent two whole days whiting out ds1 and dd's bedrooms because we had stupidly cleverly decided to paint them blue and pink respectively then realised that they needed swapping over. Dds room now looks lovely with a mix of painted furniture (next and an old chest of drawers that I had as a child) and a simple wooden bed too. The room still has a pink theme as dd has pink gingham bedding and curtains and a pretty voile shade for the main light which kind of casts a pink glow over everything at night. Looks way better than it did with pink walls.

EyeballsintheSky Tue 02-Jun-09 14:20:29

OK, so it's seeming that white is the colour de jour. Good, that's easy. I'm also liking the gingham/bunting thing. She's too young to care so I might as well have what I like...

alicecrail Tue 02-Jun-09 14:23:31

Dh and i painted DD's room before she was born. We painted the walls a deep grassy green, put in a blackout blind and voile cutains that have red flowers on. We got white furniture (from ikea) and i wanted to get some big flower stickers (great little trading company i think) but ended up getting some alphabet/number posters instead. It feels very cool and peaceful. She is now 18mo

littlelamb Tue 02-Jun-09 14:25:22

I agree with Metatron. Dd has white walls and we got some great Fabler stuff when we went to Ikea. SHe has a drapey canopy type thing above her bed, some storage boxes and the bedding is lovely. I went to our fabric shop and got some material with big spots on it and had curtains made (by a local lady for a tenner. This was before I got my sewing machine or I'd have done it myself wink)
Paperchase sells lovely big handmade sheets of paper. We have used rainbow and spotty ones as pictures on the wall. It's lovely and colourful and still little-girly enough for her not to mind that it's not pink grin

mistlethrush Tue 02-Jun-09 14:35:06

When I was 3 my parents asked me what colours I wanted my bedroom - I chose pink, purple and orange. I had a lovely room which I still liked when I was 10 - I can't find the curtain fabric anywhere, but it was like a flowery meadow, mainly green grass with flowers. On the opposite wall I had (very 70's)(that dates me! blush) wall paper with stylistic flower designs including pink, purple and orange!

However, thinking along those lines, why don't you start by finding some curtain fabric that would be nice for a girl, but not necessarily very 'pink' - and wouldn't be too babyish - perhaps something like this - and then use this to base things on - you could do bunting with this, or use the colours as a basis for it, or have daisy stencils etc...

MadameCastafiore Tue 02-Jun-09 14:54:18

here

lovely selection of stickers.

(Mind you if you click you will spend hours browsing - is a dangerous website!)

bagpuss Tue 02-Jun-09 16:58:13

MadameCastafiore that website is indeed dangerous. I promised dd a compromise of some butterfly stickers on the proviso that we got rid of the pink paint and the stickers on there are really lovely. Will bookmark for a purchase I think.

EyeballsintheSky Tue 02-Jun-09 17:02:22

Oh no, I clicked! I totally love the Super Mario Bros stickers Wonder if DH will let me decorate our room...

lynniep Tue 02-Jun-09 17:07:40

I was wondering the same thing smile DS has to move to the box room to accomodate forthcoming DC. I want to move him asap so it doesnt feel like he's been kicked out specifically for the new baby. The box room is baby blue at the mo, and I think I'll leave it that way, so I was thinking along the lines of stickers too. I just wish he was old enough for a cabin bed cos the room is only really big enough for his cotbed and some shelves plus a chest of drawers.

atigercametotea Wed 03-Jun-09 00:14:32

dd's room is pink pink pink (with a horrid border! blush)and I would love it to be white with the swing silhouette sticker (from Rockett St George site).

She's still in her cotbed and her room is tiny.Not decorating any time soon due tolack of funds.
I think I've got the storage sorted though as I got both her and ds bookshelves from John Lewis with drawers underneath. It's pink (obviously!) but a good bookcase

With ds he has 3 cream walls and one pale blue with removable car sticker! (I learned my lesson!)

Emki Wed 03-Jun-09 09:52:52

yeah I would love my dd's room to be white but instead it's a horrid pale green colour, we didn't manage to decorate it before she arrived -[http://www.mumsnet.com/te/8.gif] so this Summer there are big plans to get it looking right. [http://www.mumsnet.com/te/2.gif] I love the idea of painting it white and then painting a wavey strip around the middle for rolling hills and then adding some colourful stickers - has anyone found a good place to get these stickers? I'm looking at natural nursery furniture too, I've found one place that stocks really lovely nursery furniture a place called ethicalbabe but if anyone knows anywhere else please let me know.

TIVVY Fri 19-Jun-09 16:38:55

Hi Goosey Loosey! If you really want one of those bookcases send them an email to say what you'd like and you'll be offered a discount.

BonsoirAnna Fri 19-Jun-09 16:41:42

Paint the walls white, and put wall stickers up that you can change later. Flowers, fish, birds etc can be lovely for little girls.

We have a nature theme going on in DD's bedroom - she has a birdcage overhead lampshade, and a birdbox night light. And a flowered duvet cover. And nature type wall stickers.

wolfnipplechips Fri 19-Jun-09 18:57:13

this is the best design site for small childrens bedrooms great for other useful things too.

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