by: Claire Andreas for InteriorCrowd
April 6, 2016
April 6, 2016
Decorating for kids can be both incredibly creative as well as incredibly challenging: the best kids’ rooms are cheerful, playful, and vibrant without going overboard with too many colors and patterns. Just as in an adult’s bedroom, a child’s bedding can inform the way the rest of the room is decorated. With the right textures, color scheme, and patterns, kids’ bedding can be a fun way to express your child’s personality and become a focal point of their room. Here are some of our favorite options for kids’ bedding, whether they are teeny infants, toddlers, or approaching their teenage years.
Your baby’s bedding should be soothing to them and calming and easy to care for to help tired moms and dads, so soft colors and shapes combined with cozy, machine-washable fabrics are going to be your best bet. If you’re craving something custom-made, look to Etsy to find artisans who specialize specifically in baby bedding. Shops like Sew In Love with Baby, Katydid Designs, and Caden Lane offer beautiful handmade, customized, and personalized bedding options. As far as cool colors and patterns go, dove gray or mint green can be a subtle take on the traditional pinks and blues: we like the Belgian Linen Nursery Bedding from Pottery Barn Kids, pictured above, which includes sheets made from organic cotton, a reversible Belgian linen quilt, and a Belgian linen crib skirt with cotton decking. Another winner is the Trend Lab Lauren Lily Logan coordinated nursey set, available at Kohl’s, which offers a subtle geometric print that adds a touch of style along with all the sweetness you’d like to see in your baby’s room. Who knows–they might be so soft and sweet that your little one will finally let Mom and Dad get some rest too!
When your kids are out of their cribs, it’s fun to explore colors and styles that express their blooming interests and personalities. Whether that means selecting bedding in their favorite colors, thinking about characters or interests they are drawn to, or finding a print and style that echoes the sensibility of the other rooms in your house, there are some amazing options for kids’ bedding that are sure to fit the bill. For a youthful but subtle look, we adore The Land of Nod’s Best Bugs Bedding, which combines a slate-colored Darkwash Duvet with the lively colors and charming illustrations of the Best Bugs sheets. The overall effect is fun and chipper, without looking too juvenile or allowing the motif to feel overdone.The Cherry Duvet cover & sham set available from Serena and Lily is a great choice for girls, and one that combines a graphic, retro sensibility with enough playfulness for a younger girl. We love picturing all the fun patterned sheets that you could pair with this set. Once you’ve settled on the right quilts, sheets, and comforters, add in a whimsical throw pillow from Society6 to top off the look.
Sophisticated Bedding for Tweens
Hitting the right note with your preteen’s bedding can be tricky: many made-for-adults patterns and styles can feel too dramatic for an older child’s room, but they’ve outgrown the cartoons and whimsical patterns that they’ve enjoyed for the past few years. Strike a compromise with vivid colors, unexpected pattern combinations, and new textures that will take them through the transitional tween stage and well into their teen years. The right preteen bedding will look sophisticated and thoughtful, while still feeling young. Urban Outfitters is a great resource for bedding that is trendy and still maintains a youthful air. We especially like the rich tones and patterns of the Plum & Bow Tabitha Kantha blanket, or the hippie-infused spirit of the 40-40 Locust Lennon Tie-Dyed Comforter in dark blue or peach. For a more structured, masculine look, Pottery Barn Teen offers the perfect plaid flannel duvet covers and sheet sets, like the Walker Plaid Duvet Cover or the Champion Check set. They’ll want to hang on to these duvets, comforters, and sheets until you send them off to college.
Caitlin is a freelance writer and editor living in Brooklyn. She is a life-long flea market junkie and you can find her vintage shop, Save Me Vintage, on Etsy. She is also a regular seller at Brooklyn Flea in Fort Greene and Franklin Flea in Philadelphia. Follow her on Instagram @SaveMeVintage as she searches high and low for forgotten treasures and design inspiration.