Creating A Pretty And Practical Kids Room

In an ideal world, Ada’s room would be minimalist, filled with wooden toys that she looked after nicely, and kept her room perfectly tidy. In real life, anyone with a two year old knows that’s a pretty impossible feat to achieve, so over the years I’ve managed to create a room that not only looks lovely, but she loves playing in too.

We always seem to be having a little change around in here, but again, with a two year old I feel like that’s an important part of keeping things fresh for her and stopping her getting bored with the same room, and the same toys. We’ve had a little bit of help from Vertbaudet recently, so we’ve perfected a bedroom for her that achieves my interior goals whilst keeping a toddler happy too.


Whilst things like trunks and plastic boxes filled with toys are great storage, Ada would just pull out all of the toys without really playing with them, make a mess and move onto the next thing. Things like the little wicker shopping basket on her stool and this beautiful pushchair can be used to store toys, but also can be played with.

Admittedly, it only fits her largest doll in, but it can fit quite a few smaller toys or teddies in, and since it’s arrived Ada hasn’t wanted to play with much else!


We used to have a jute rug in Ada’s room (it was pinched for our new dining room space), and this gorgeous Harlequin rug adds some lovely pops of colour whilst also being a comfortable piece for a kids room. We have three of these Berber style rugs in our home now, and all the colours of this one from Vertbaudet might be making it my new favourite!

Realistically, this one probably won’t stay as nice and white as Ada gets older, but it’s a lovely piece and cheap enough to just replace if it’s ever ruined by mucky toddler hands.


Adding things to the walls is a great way to achieve the interior style you’d like, knowing that unless your child creates some sort of obstacle course to climb the walls, there won’t be much interference! We’ve popped some of Ada’s more special toys up on her shelves, along with some faux flowers and a spider plant to add a bit more colour to the space.

On the walls opposite we have some cute artwork, along with a macrame hanging and a floral garland, high enough to be out of toddler hands! These picture ledges are a great way to display some nice books, too.


Of course, as well as toys as storage, it’s pretty impossible to get away without having anything practical, and Ada’s room is where my basket addiction really comes to life. We’ve had a few for quite a while, but this wicker and pink one is the latest addition. It could easily be used as a washing basket, but it houses lots of Ada’s soft toys and teddy’s (seriously, do they reproduce in the night?!)

The pink metal case is also from Vertbaudet, which has made a great storage piece for some of Ada’s bigger books and all her jigsaw’s, and it’s slotted nicely at the bottom of her clothes rail.


Essentially, it’s a kids room so we can’t be too precious about things that go in here. Things will end up getting broken, stained or messed up, because that’s what kids do! We’ve created a really fun, colourful space for Ada, and she loves playing in her room – which in the end means I have less mess to clean up from her playing downstairs. So, swings and roundabouts!


Catherine McCourt

Catherine McCourt is the editor of Hey, Mama, a parenting, interiors and business blog designed to help you create a beautiful home on a budget and a kick-ass career whilst you’re at it.

Thank you to Vertbaudet for sending over some lovely additions to Ada's room - the items were provided free of charge for review purposes, but all words are honest and my own.


  1. June 24, 2018 / 4:45 pm

    LOOK at that wallpaper!! So dramatic and sophisticated, I love it! Dare I say I’m slightly jealous of this decor, wouldn’t mind it for myself.

  2. June 25, 2018 / 6:44 am

    I’m in love with the wallpaper and would have loved to have had a bedroom like this for me when I was little. And as a mother of 3, you’ve raised some really practical tips too 😀

  3. June 25, 2018 / 7:27 am

    Love that wallpaper so much! This is such a beautiful room!

  4. June 25, 2018 / 9:30 am

    Love the idea of fun and tactile storage for little ones – this room is beautiful!

  5. June 25, 2018 / 11:28 am

    The room looks great! I love the dark wallpaper its such a change from pastel coloured kids rooms. Some clever storage choices too.

  6. Bethany
    June 25, 2018 / 11:43 am

    Such a sweet room, that wallpaper will carry her through until she is older!

  7. June 25, 2018 / 12:38 pm

    Oh wow. What a fantastic room. I would never have considered such a grown up wallpaper for a child’s room but it works amazingly well. What a statement and it’s not going to need replacing as she gets older. The rug and baskets are lovely too. I must have another look at Verbaudet.

  8. June 25, 2018 / 8:51 pm

    What a fabulous vintage inspired room. That wallpaper is quite something isn’t it? Absolutely gorgeous and she’ll be able to grow with it as it isn’t too cutsey. You’ve included so many practical tips too. I’m about to update my son’s room he’s had the nursery phase, then the pre-school and now as he approaches six its time to think of the next stage.

  9. June 25, 2018 / 10:24 pm

    “Essentially, it’s a kids room so we can’t be too precious about things that go in here.” – that’s the right attitude to have for a kids room. What a fab wallpaper that is, I love that you were not afraid to go for something really dark, the colour in it makes it very ‘kid friendly’.

  10. June 26, 2018 / 12:27 pm

    oh my gish that room looks trully beautiful xx i love your attention to detail

  11. June 26, 2018 / 1:33 pm

    Just loving all the creativity and colours here! I adore the rug and so many nice touches. Great job!

  12. June 26, 2018 / 6:14 pm

    Wow! What a lovely space 😁 I love the wallpaper and the shelves are great addition too. No wonder she wants to play in her room all the time 😉

  13. Amy Hirata
    August 27, 2018 / 5:21 pm

    That wallpaper is amazing! I might have missed it but where is it from?

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