Soft Furnishings for Themes

As your child grows the need to redecorate to keep up with their changing tastes will become an on-going requirement. With a little forward planning and some luck, there are ways to help reduce the cost of a bedroom overhaul so that your budget isn’t blown. We’ve put together some simple tips to help you refresh your child’s room without redecorating, all through the use of soft furnishings.

Paint your child’s room a light, neutral colour to give their bedroom a clean, bright background. White may be too stark, so consider softer, off-whites that will still help make the room feel roomy. Light, clean looking furniture will blend in with the walls, making the room seem bigger. With a neutral background, any changes you make to soft furnishings will be more dramatic.

Colourful kids bedding

The simplest way to refresh the look of your child’s bedroom is by changing the bedding. Perhaps they’ve outgrown their previous obsession with Thomas the Tank Engine and are now heavily in to Pixar’s Cars; altering the bedding will instantly give you a new look and potentially a colour change to the room. Accessorise with a new lampshade and, perhaps, a new bin and desk objects in similar colours to give your child an instant new room feel. If the curtains are also themed to match the bedding, these will need to be changed.

Red gingham check curtains

If replacing the curtains each time you refresh the room isn’t an option, settle for either a plain block colour that can be reused or recycled elsewhere in the house, or choose a neutral colour that will blend with the walls.

Primary or bright colours are the usual colour set of any child’s theme based on television or movie characters, the most popular themes around. When looking for block colours to use in a room consider picking up colours that are likely to be used in multiple themes such as red or blue, it’s a good bet they can be left in the room after a refresh as they’ll still be relevant to the new theme.

Kid's rug with blue, red and white stripes

Rugs are another way of incorporating a theme in to your child’s room without needing you to completely re-carpet. Perfect for playing on, reading on, or just to add a splash of colour and interest to the room, if a rug is within your budget it can go a long way to changing the feel and look of a room’s décor.

Circus themed bedroom bunting

Look for bunting, flags or any kind of wall hangings that can be easily installed to add colour to the walls. Frame pillowcases instead of posters or use a themed backpack or bag as a dirty washing bin. Adding items to the walls that are cheap and easy to replace is not only a great way of throwing in splashes of colour to an otherwise neutral environment but is also good for your budget.

Kid's pink beanbag chair which can be personalised

Add a few oversized cushions to the room, maybe even a beanbag or two. Easy to recover, these are a cost effective way of giving your child somewhere to hang out and play while keeping the colour scheme going.

Wooden Letters

Learning the letters of the alphabet is an important part of your child’s development and introducing letter shapes into their everyday life has obvious  benefits. There are many ways in which you can do this, for example wooden alphabet shapes and child’s building bricks which incorporate the letters  of the alphabet are a useful way to familiarise a young and inquisitive mind with the different shapes and their phonic pronunciation.

Decorative  wooden wall letters are one way to introduce letter shapes at a very young age, often in the form of the child’s own name or initials.  Kid’s will soon learn what these shapes represent and will, naturally, want to explore other similar letters, their sounds and their meaning. In addition,  wooden wall letters are a great way to decorate and personalise a child’s room and there are a variety of different designs and colour options available.

Plain wall letters - 25cm high

You can buy these plain grey 25cm high letters from Vertbaudet and paint them yourself to match your existing decor. You could also buy small pots of paints in different colours and experiment with decorating ideas; maybe have each letter a different colour of try spots, stripes and so on..

Wooden letters

Posh Graffiti wall letters from John Lewis are the same idea really but you might prefer the Old English style shape – and at 12cm high these are a lot smaller than the letters from Vertbaudet.  The finish is antique white gresso which is what traditional rocking horses were finished with but the surface is perfectly suitable for painting another colour.

Hand painted letters with a soft pink matt finish

You may, of course, prefer to buy letters which are already finished and there are plenty of styles to choose from. These hand cut and painted personalised wooden letters by Altered Chic come in a choice of 6 soft pastel colours with a matt finish.

Pink letter A with floral decoration

These brightly painted letters by Loving Luxuries are hand finished and decorated with embellishments just for you.

Painted wooden numbers

Learning about numbers is just as important and Letterroom not only offer a selection of brightly painted letters but these bold numbers too. Their letters and numbers are wide enough to stand upright on a shelf or can be fixed to a wall to create a dramatic 3D effect.

Fabric Letters

You are not limited to just wood – these fabric letters are also very much in style at the moment.

Decorative wall letters in polka and gingham fabrics

These fabulous wall letters from Babyface come in a range of colours and dotty or gingham style fabrics. At 25cm high they come complete with a metal hook on the back for fixing to a wall surface – or why not rest them on a shelf as above to make a statement focal point.

Personalised letter used as a curtain tie-back

These personalised fabric letters from Johnny’s Sister make a perfect finishing touch to a child’s room and with 10 designs to choose from you shouldn’t have too much of a problem matching your theme.

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The Letteroom Personalised Name Framed 3D Artwork, 34 x 29cm

The Letteroom Personalised Name Framed 3D Artwork, 34 x 29cm

Personalise these painted wooden letters to spell your child's name. It's presented inside a white, wooden frame with a window mount, behind an acrylic screen. Jackie and Sherrie Mead esatablished the Letteroom in 2009, looking to create that elusive original gift. As the name suggests, they create products using the alphabet and lettering, working out of their beautiful, listed stable in Hampshire. How do I personalise? When considering the name, remember it is only up to a six letter maximum. Once you've placed your order send your details directly to, including your name, order number and personalisation details. Alternatively, a representative will contact you by phone within 3 working days to discuss your order. Please note: if you are purchasing this as a gift and do not wish for the recipient to be contacted, please ensure that you put your own contact details for this order. Made to order product This item is made to your specification and so is excluded from our usual returns policy. www.johnlewis. customer- Find out more This does not affect your statutory rights

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Beanbags for Kids

Children’s bean bags are extremely versatile accessories for children’s rooms as occasional seating, a handy sleepover option or just as a fun and decorative accessory. There are a wide range of bean bag designs to choose from, with many aimed designed especially for kids, in a selection of cool and contemporary colours that children will love.

large green child's pouffe style bean bag

This child’s floor cushion from Vertbaudet  isn’t a bean bag as such because it is inflatable but it serves the same purpose. The advantage with this option is that it can be deflated and stored away if need be. Available in green, pink or blue the material 100% polyester so is easy to wipe clean.

Huge red bean bag

These Fat Boy bean bags from  John Lewis  are not exactly cheap but because kids like them so much it might be the only piece of furniture you ever need to buy. OK, that might be a slight  exaggeration but you will wonder what they ever did without one?  Available in 8 colours the poly/cotton  cover has a PVC coating which makes the surface easy to wipe clean and is easily removed and machine washable too.

Children's bean bag with perky Amelie multi-coloured print

The Amelie bean bag from the Little Home Collection at John Lewis  is more of a traditional shape which incorporates a handy carry handle at the top. The floral print is especially suitable for a girls room. The cover is 100% cotton and can be removed but bear in mind it is dry-clean only.

Large cube style bean bag

These brightly coloured cube style bean bags from John Lewis are a smart idea. Choose from green, red, pink, blue or yellow – the cover is polyester and wipes clean very easily.

Teenager's bean bag with London scene print

They’ll love the Big Hug teenager’s bean bag with London scene print from Amazon so much that all they’ll want to do is hug it. The strong polyester fabric is water resistant and easy to keep clean and the Big Hug comes in three colours – red, apple green and tangerine.

Kid's multi-coloured beanbags

The Goldilocks beanbags from GLTC  are fun and funky  regular  shaped bean bags with a carry handle at the top. Although I like the design of both it’s disappointing that the covers are dry clean only, especially as these are aimed at young kids?

Fairtrade cotton crochet pouf with spotty design

I looked around for some alternative designs and found these crochet pouffes by Dutch designer Anne-Claire Petit –  available  from  Little Baby Company. The covers are made from fairtrade cotton and young kids will love the spotty design.

Cute personalised beanbag for kids

These cute personalised beanbags for kids by Teeny Beanies  are a really cute gift idea for a young child’s room and come in 12 fun animal designs and three sizes. The covers are machine-washable too.

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Stompa Uno S Plus Quilted Bean Bag

Stompa Uno S Plus Quilted Bean Bag

This colourful quilted bean bag provides the perfect spot to sit, lie or snuggle. Its durable waterproof cover means you can take it outside for playtime and picnics, as well as enjoying it indoors as a slouching station. Stompa has been manufacturing safe furniture for active children for over half a century. Their furniture is functional and competitively priced aiming to fulfill all your child`s needs. Whether it`s a place to sleep, play, do homework or use their computer, Stompa provide storage and seating solutions that easily convert to an extra bed for sleepovers as well as a range of coordinating accessories. Our children's furniture ranges pass all British Standards safety and quality. We go beyond the legal requirements when we design our furniture, so that you and your child can both sleep soundly. Please note: Not all of our ranges are on display in our furniture departments. Please call your nearest John Lewis to check before you visit. 0% APR Representative: If you buy this product in our shops, it's eligible for Interest Free Credit , which is available when you spend £1000 or more on selected home products. Terms and conditions apply: find out more

Beach House Bean Bag

Beach House Bean Bag

With removable outer cover, the Beach House Bean Bag provides a comfortable place for your child to sit and play on.

Bean Bag Chair Sky

Bean Bag Chair Sky

The Bean Bag Chair is a comfortable and practical addition to your home. With its delightful sky blue striped print it will light up any boys' room. Its foam bean filling means the chair is lightweight and is therefore easy to move around the home. Its soft edges and design mean that it is child friendly, providing excellent comfort for your little ones. This bean bag is available in several colours.

Fatboy Point Bean Bag

Fatboy Point Bean Bag

Use this compact bean bag as a seating solution or a leisurely foot rest to complement the original Fat Boy bean bag (available separately). Made from high quality nylon with a PVC coating that's dirt and moisture repellent, it can be easily spot cleaned. Suitable for indoor use. Position away from direct sunlight.

Bonkers Jazz Throne Bean Bag Chair Orange

Bonkers Jazz Throne Bean Bag Chair Orange

The Jazz Throne Bean Bag Chair is a unique bean chair in our collection made with a durable water resistant fabric. Comfortable, practical and stylish, this bean bag chair is perfect for a child's bedroom or playroom.

Kids Football Bean Bag Blue

Kids Football Bean Bag Blue

Available to buy online today, our plump and comfortable bean bag makes a great football themed seat for the kids. Light and relaxed, our patterned bean bag will be a hit with the kids With a removable cover for easy cleaning, this bean bag chair is easy to care for and with a bright eye-catching design of footballs on a light blue background, your kids will love sitting on this cosy comfortable bean bag. Perfect for somewhere for them to sit and read in their bedroom, or relax in front of the TV with the family, the loop handle on the top of this bag makes it easy to transport. Our football bean bag is perfect for any kids room Filled with lightweight polystyrene balls for the ultimate mouldable seat that can reclined into in numerous ways, the supple polyester cover of our children's bean bag is durable and hard-wearing, making it perfect for the rough and tumble of your young football fanatic's room. Please note: This product is subject to stock availability.

Kids Safari Bean Bag Cream / Grey / Red

Kids Safari Bean Bag Cream / Grey / Red

Available to buy online today, our cute and comfortable bean bag makes a great seat for the kids with a fun animal safari theme. Light and relaxed, our patterned bean bag seat will be a hit with the kids A wonderful safari motif featuring cheerful animal icons on a neutral background, our charming children's bean bag is easy to care for with a removable machine washable cover. Perfect for a cosy and comfortable place for your child to sit and read in their room, or relax in front of the TV with the family, the light polystyrene filling and loop handle makes transporting this filled bean cushion simple. Durable and long-lasting, the soft and supple cotton of our fun safari seat cushion makes a hard-wearing addition to your child's bedroom. Please note: This product is subject to stock availability.

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Children’s Height Charts

Children grow. OK, it may be obvious but they do, and sometimes a lot quicker than you think. Obviously you see your children everyday and sometimes it’s easy to not to notice that they are growing up fast.  Children love to keep track of their growth and will compare their height against fixed objects and their siblings on a regular basis.

Traditionally families would have a dedicated door frame or wall where they would track their child’s current height with a pencil or crayon mark. While this is always great fun it can get a little disorderly over times and cause a problem or two when it’s time to decorate.  Ready-made height charts are a great idea and come in a variety of fun and colourful designs that will coordinate with your children’s room theme or colour scheme. Inexpensive and simple to fix on a wall they also have the advantage of being removable for decorating purposes and you can take them with you if you move.

Kid's height chart modelled on a traditional school ruler

The Ruler Height Chart from GLTC is a simple idea that is both fun and practical. Modelled on a traditional wooden school ruler this height chart can be folded in two for easy storage although it makes a nice decoration idea for a child’s room.

Children's height chart incorporating little photo frames

A similar idea this Phot Frame Height Chart, also from GLTC, goes one step better by incorporating little photo frames so you can record each milestone event. Again this wooden height chart can be folded in two and stored away but why would you want to really?

Wooden height chart with coloured cars and a traffic light height marker

This car and traffic light wooden height chart by AM Leg is a fun and colourful design depicting a traffic scene that will go well with a car themed room. Made from 4 individual wooden pieces and easy to hang. The traffic light style clip at the side is used to mark your child’s height and the markers go up to 153 cm (which is about 5 feet in old money). Available from

Kid's dinosaur shaped height chart

This cute dinosaur height chart is one of a range of designs by Emma Jefferson which include a cat, dog, giraffe and pony. Easy to fix to a wall these charts make great accessories for a themed kid’s bedroom.

Boy's space themed height chart

Boy’s will go crazy for this spaceship height chart by Mudpies and Butterflies. This cart hangs from a wall hook and includes little moveable characters like a spaceman and alien.

Padded cotton sunflower height chart

This soft fabric height chart by Spottiswoode Trading  resembling a sunflower can be  personalised  and comes in two colour choices. The little butterflies can be moved to chart her progress.

Girl's height chart with doll's house design

This girl’s height chart from Laura Ashley has a lovely feminine design inspired by an old fashioned doll’s house on a pink and white polka background.  The height markings are conveniently set in both metric and imperial up to  155cm or 5’2″.

Brachiosaurus Dinosaur Height Chart

Another dinosaur height chart,this time from Carla Daly, the  Brachiosaurus is a fun cartoon style image with a little message encouraging them to eat their greens so they can grow big and strong.

Fabric princess themed height chart

With this kit from  Kotori you can make a lovely personalised height chart depicting a young Princess in her tower. Everything you need is included and the  appliques can be ironed on to save on sewing.  This would make a wonderful gift and you can truly say that you made it yourself.

Combined wall sticker and height chart depicting a range of animals

Why settle for a simple animal themed height chart when you can have a full set. This animal tower wall sticker from Bodie & Fou  depicts a range of animals with height measurements at the side.


Owls wall stickers and height chart

Owl in the Tree Wall Chart Stickers from John Lewis comprise a tree and branches as the height chart and the leaves butterflies and cute owls can be arranged however you want them. They can be applied to any wall surface, the back of a door or maybe the side of a wardrobe?

Wooden height chart with an extending snail to track their progress

You may disagree but I think I’ve left the best until last with this wonderful snail design wooden height chart from Little Monkey Murals. Extend the snail’s neck from his shell and mark their progress with the little green leaves supplied.

Of course, a height chart is more than just a measure of how tall your child has grown, it is a special reminder of the milestones in their early years as well as being a fun and functional room decoration.

Calculate your kid’s adult height – did you know you can get an estimate of how tall your child will grow based on their height at age 2? It’s impossible to say how accurate this Child Height Calculator is but it’s a bit of fun nonetheless – try it out for yourself.

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Wall Art for Children’s Rooms

Decorating you’re kids room with paints and wallpaper can transform a nondescript bedroom into a world of colour and set your child’s imagination alive.  Whatever the chosen scheme you’ll want to embellish it with accessories, a printed border or perhaps a mural.  Another way to set the style is by using a poster or art print which will tie-together the various colours, shapes and ideas of your theme. A suitable piece of wall art can also be an effective and inexpensive way of developing your child’s interest in art generally which may be maintained throughout their life.

A piece of children’s wall art needn’t be elaborate or even artistic it can be a simple poster, a reproduction print or a framed canvas print. Popular themes for children’s wall art tend include zoo animals, fairies, ballerinas, classic Disney characters and transport subjects such as cars, trains and planes.

Children's wall canvas depicting the sights of London

With the Olympics just around the corner anything London themed will be de rigour in 2012  and this London Town canvas from Happy Spaces is certain to be a winner – with all the familiar sites of our capital city depicted in vivid colour.

Personalised pirate themed wall art

Budding pirates will appreciate this cute picture by Lizajdesign  depicting a young swashbuckler aboard his ship. This print can also be personalised and there is a version for girl pirates too.

Pop Art style canvas made from an image of your child

How about a personalised Pop Art style canvas by Manimoo  made from a head and shoulders image supplied by you? I think this is a great idea that young kids will love and makes an ideal gift.

Kid's art print depicting a bus tour with zoo animals

This personalised print is from Carla Daly and depicts a bus tour with zoo animals.  Have your child’s name added to the side of the bus as well as Mum’s, Dad’s, Brother’s and Sister’s in the field of cows. It’s bright, colourful and fun – just as the best wall art should be.

Children's art print with cute animals around a blue and green planet

You can’t go wrong with cute animals as a theme and this picture from Milly Bee is a real treat – depicting 15 individual animals around the globe. It’s just one great example of many – take a look for yourself and be prepared to be impressed.

Noah's Ark wall art for kids

Staying on the subject of animals Noah’s Ark is always a popular theme idea for kids and this print by Happy Spaces has just the right amount of fun and colour without being too busy.

Disney wall art

Disney wall art never goes out of style and and is often kept and collected well into adulthood – and I should know, I treasure my Disney collection. This iconic Minnie Mouse is just one of a huge selection of prints and posters at Easyart.

Batgirl art print by Mini & Maximus

This Batgirl print by US kid’s fashion label Mini & Maximus is sold exclusively in the UK by Bodie & Fou. I like the fun and punky attitude of this art print and I’m sure you will too.

Darling Clementine Elephant Print

Inspired by circus elephants  this print by Darling Clementine creates a simple but striking impression..

Bethan is feeling slightly strange art print by Tom Lewis

If you’ve searched ideas for teenage wall art then Tom Lewis is a name you’ll recognise. Lewis is a UK born artist and illustrator renowned for his street-art inspired creations which are very popular with older kids and adults alike. Bethan is feeling slightly strange is from his latest collection of limited edition fine art prints.

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Wall Stickers

Not so long ago if you wanted to incorporate a simple or modern graphic design into you decorating theme it would involve wallpapering the whole room, which is expensive and time consuming, or by using stencils, which can be messy and difficult to get exactly right.  Now with modern wall stickers you simply apply pre-cut designs directly the wall, stand back and admire. Wall stickers are easy to apply with no mess involved, the results are instant, last for years and can be easily removed when it’s time for a new look.

Big Hairy Monster Wall Sticker

This Big Hairy Monster wall sticker by Little Ella James is so much fun I want one myself. He also has a matt black surface which doubles as a chalk board and comes in two sizes.

Mural wall sticker depicting a pirate ship on the sea

This wall mural from Spin Collective depicting a pirate ship at sea would make a perfect feature wall idea for a pirate themed bedroom.

Large star themed wall stickers spelling out a boy's name

Wall stickers can be personalised too – like these giant blue star wall letters by Kidscapes.

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Applying Wall Stickers

Self-adhesive wall stickers can be applied in seconds and will adhere to most flat painted surfaces but for best results you should take a little time to plan the look you want to create. Try attaching the stickers unpeeled with some low-tack masking tape first to get an idea of what the end result will look like. Alternatively you could lay them out on the floor to get an idea of spacing and what will look best where.

A handy rule with any decorating scheme, not just with wall stickers, is that larger images and darker colours tend to look better lower down the wall than light colours and small shapes — and visa versa. Obviously there are exceptions to this rule but it’s a useful guide if you are in any doubt.

If the stickers need to be applied level then mark a very feint pencil line with a spirit level on the wall as a guide — being careful to mark just where the edge of the sticker will sit. So long as you stick directly to this line it won’t be visible when the sticker is attached.

Wall Sticker ApplicatorTake your time and maybe have a practice run first. Apply the stickers gradually from one edge while peeling the backing at the same time. A credit card is ideal for smoothing down the surface as you peel and some companies will provide a free applicator with your stickers.  We’ve posted a video on our google+ page which demonstrates the basic principle fairly well.

If the walls have been recently painted then you should wait a couple of weeks until the paint has fully cured before applying the stickers. Not only will this ensure they stay stuck for longer but will also be of benefit when it comes to redecorate. Although you can’t guarantee the stickers will ever come off the wall without leaving a mark, it’s a lot more likely if they are applied to a painted surface which is fully cured.

The stickers can be applied over most existing wallpapers but bear in mind that the paper may be damaged when you come to remove them at a later date. If applying over a vinyl or washable paper you may find they come loose over time — in this case some water based border adhesive or pva wood glue is best for resticking any loose edges.

Kid’s Name Plaques

Kid’s rooms are sacred places that are largely adult free zones and nothing says this more clearly than kid’s name plaques for doors that tell visitors firmly who resides in that room. Children are rightly proud of their rooms and having door plaques just emphasises this pride and marks out their rooms as their special territories that give children a sense of belonging and security. So for some unusual and personal gifts, pop a plaque in their stocking this Christmas!

Pink owl themed door sign

This pretty owl  door sign  is from Tigerlilly Prints  and will keep a watchful eye over your room both day and night!   Twit T’whose name will appear next to this stylish little owlet?

Owl sitting on a branch design name plate

Another owl is on the watch, ready to hoot at the sign of trouble. Your child’s name appears in a choice of grey heart or red star cut outs and is framed and ready to hang. Order your picture perfect owl sign  from Nonnoloica Kids.

Personalised footballer design door plate

This cute little footballer plays for William’s team but he’s up for transfer for much less than other footballers. For just £12.95 you can add him to your team! He comes in either a blue or black strip and the name is printed in easily recognisable letters just like in school! Get your little footballer now from Simply Wooden Gifts.

Kid's personalised door sign in the shape of a VW Beetle

Vroom vroom! This Volkswagen Beetle from Moobaacluck  is up for sale, with no mileage on the clock and full service history, it proudly displays its owners name on the windscreen. Even the number plate comes ready personalised with either A1 Boy or A1 Girl. Get yours in pink or blue to park on their door.

Multi-coloured design name signGroovy baby! This fab name plaque  from  Lushbaby  has fun with colour and designs to make a totally groovy and funky sign. Each letter is handpainted and the customer has a full choice of colour and pattern so why not go wild and crazy!

Horse design name signs with a pink or blue rosette

Talking of crazy, these aren’t Crazy Horses but perfectly groomed ponies which make fantastic  horse  room plaques  from Moobaacluck.  These two have just won in the mane event of looking great and are decorated with a personalised rosette. A must for all horse riders and lovers!

Stars design name plaque hung from a pink gingham ribbon

This handpainted 3D  door sign  is by Patchwork Daisy. It’s a sturdy wooden piece with a pretty gingham ribbon for you to hang on her door. A lovely, traditional and chic door sign that she’ll be delighted with!

Blue heart with pink butterflies

This lovely heart shaped  doorhanger can be decorated with flowers, butterflies or stars from Moobaacluck  and comes the option of having an additional message painted on the back. It’s astoundingly cheap and would therefore make a special and treasured little gift.

Pink and white door sign

A pink and white door plaque from Hickory Dickory  with a home-made look. This handcrafted plaque is decorated in 3D letters and shapes with a length of twine to hang it up with. The bubble letters are very popular with girls and will ensure this sign is received with joy.

Chunky wooden name signs in a range of colours

Do you prefer a clean varnished look or a rough antique look? You get the choice with these kid’s name plates from Sayitwithsam. In fact you can either choose from a wire hanging or a twine one! Sometimes the simplest things are the best and these no nonsense plaques are cheery, solid little signs to greet visitors to their rooms.

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Mirror, Mirror…

As children love to dress up, it makes sense to have a mirror in their rooms so they can perfect the princess or Ben10 look. It’s not just girls who will spend ages examining themselves in the mirror either – once boys discover hair wax just try dragging them away from that mirror! Plus a well placed mirror can add light and the illusion of space to a small room.
So here’s looking at you kid….

Children's wall mirror with white frame and colourful butterflies

This children’s wall mirror with white frame and colourful butterflies from  Vertbaudet  is a pretty, fluttery mirror that goes especially well with themed rooms as butterflies and flowers are popular decorations for girls’ rooms. A charming piece to grace her bedroom wall.

Personalised mirror with butterflies

For a unique touch get a personalised mirror with butterflies by Pitter Patter Products. The mirror is shatterproof and lightweight so perfectly safe to hang on walls. The large purple butterfly has sparkly wings that catches the light to delight your fair maiden and her name in wooden letters at the top will add that personal touch.

Personalise mirror with sea and boats design

Boys can have their own Personalised Mirror by Maxine Pharoah  with a seafaring theme. It’s limited edition and hand painted so ideal for Christmas stockings. Your little pirate can practice his swarthy scowls to his heart’s content!

Fairy themed mirror with a castle and mushrooms

If you could have a wish, would you wish for a Magic Fairy Crown Mirror by Cupcake Castles? This magical mirror is handpainted and can even be personalised with their name and a magical message for them on the back. Who would not be enchanted by this fairytale scene? And with a mirror in the middle you can have the starring role!

Pirate themed wall mirror

And if the boys want their own magical mystery mirror then how about this Pirate Crown Mirror also by Cupcake Castles? There be skulduggery afoot cap’n, this ‘ere mirror is a wanted poster for the most vicious, meanest, wiliest pirate around. Look inside if you dare, to see the a’feared pirate himself!

Mirror in the shape of a chicklet

Hello Chick!  This chirpily cheerful Chick Mirror from Mungai Mirrors shows just what you can do with a mirror and a little imagination! This acrylic mirror isn’t just adorably cute though, it’s also shatterproof so you don’t have to worry about the seven years bad luck.

Dinosaur shaped wall mirror

Dinosaur mad boys will  go roaringly nuts for the Brontosaurus  Mirror from  Mungai Mirrors. This menacing mirror will fit in perfectly with a boy’s Dinosaur Bedroom. I just love how the reflection becomes part of the dinosaur himself – very clever!

Full length floor standing mirrors

If you have the space then invest in one of these gorgeous Floor Standing Mirrors from Kid’s Window. Choose from antique style to a magical nursery style. These are beautiful old-style mirrors to have fantastic fantasy adventures with and perhaps re-create Alice through the Looking Glass. After all, who can tell which are the enchanted mirrors?

Wall mirror with Russian doll style frame

For a truly fun and frivolous mirror then this Doll Mirror from Vertbaudet ticks all the right boxes. You can be instantly transformed into a lifelike Russian Doll! A lovely, unusual mirror that will become the focus of attention in the bedroom!

Mirror, mirror on the wall, which of these mirrors is the fairest of all?

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One way to instantly transform a messy bookshelf is with some children’s bookends. Not only do they hold all their books in place but they can also add to the theme of the room and make fun and eye-catching accessories. So keep shelves tidy and organised with some of these bright, funky and cheerful  bookends for children.

Train Bookends

A lovely, colourful set of train bookends from Kid’s Room. Perfect for keeping children’s books, CD’s or DVD’s in place. The sturdy bookends have rubber pads to prevent them sliding around, and are perfect for use on shelves in a room where space may be limited.

Wooden bookends with Peter Rabbit standing by the 'A', and Jemima Puddle-Duck standing by the 'Z'

Two  of children’s favourite characters from Beatrix Potter’s books  are immortalised in these Rainbow Designs Peter Rabbit Wooden Bookends from John Lewis. Start with the cheeky Peter Rabbit himself and end with Jemima Puddleduck who between them, will not only provide attractive pieces to treasure, but will  watch over  your Beatrix Potter collection of books just in case Mr McGregor were to come by!

Minibeast Bookends

Chunky,  colourful,  cheerful  wooden Minibeast bookends from Kid’s Rooms  will brighten up your bookshelves no end! These chirpy characters cannot fail to amuse and delight as they provide a useful resting place for books and comics.

Cute wise owl bookends

What better characters to  watch over  your bookcase than a Pair Of Ollie Owl Bookends by The Literary Gift Company. These wise old owls are such a hoot, and especially soft and squidgy to boot!  Their favourite books to read are the Harry Potter books – I wonder why?

Childrens animal bookends

Colourful, playful characters can adorn their shelves with Zoo Bookends by Lush Baby. These adorable, friendly animals can also be used as doorstops, paperweights and bedtime buddies and their different textures make them ideal playmates for young children. Who said bookends can’t be fun?

Chunky wooden pirate bookends

Shiver mi timbers! What’s this I spy? Some old driftwood turned into pirate ship bookends? Arr they be a beauty an’ all! These chunky wooden pirate bookends from Giddy Kipper are exclusively handmade in Britain, but they are being boarded fast so all hands  on deck afore you have to walk the plank!

Tired soldiers bookends

These weary soldiers could do with a rest, all that marching up the hill after the Grand Old Duke of York is very tiring! These  soldiers bookends from Amazon need a new home where they will be loved – can you provide them with one? In return they promise to stand guard over all your favourite books and bring a smile to your face whenever you see them. What more could you ask for?

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What time is it?

Children’s clocks and alarm clocks in their rooms are a good way of introducing the concept of time to very young children. Alarm clocks are especially useful if you have an early morning riser as you can set their alarms to the correct time for them to get up out of bed.

Many children are already curious about time and are constantly asking what time it is and when is it lunch time so these bright and cheery clocks will help stimulate that interest and give them a good basic knowledge that they can expand on when they start school.

Clocks to Help Children Learn to Tell the Time …

Every clock plays a part in teaching children how to tell the time, but some clocks are specifically designed to do just that. We take some time out to  look at the range of clocks on offer that claim to help children learn to tell the time.

Children's clock that teaches teaches about day-time and night-time

The Gro-clock sleep trainer from amazon is a great initiative that encourages children to stay in bed longer until one by one the stars go out and the sun appears. There are 12 stars and 12 sun rays so children can count how many have gone out which in turn helps them to understand what time it is. You can set the alarm for night-time and for naps during the day. A simple concept that is big on inspiration!

Children's alarm clock that teaches them how to tell the time

This pink Lorus Tell the Time Clock from John Lewis  breaks down the hours into easy to understand sections that helps children understand familiar concepts like quarter to and half past. The numbers are luminous and the second hand is quiet so that children aren’t kept awake by a continuous ticking sound! It also features a snooze option and a nightlight and comes in pink or blue.

Ki'd wall clock to teach them the time

This fun kids  Tell The Time Wall Clock by the London Clock Company is bright and funky and helps children to  learn the main  time sequences. Kids will love the  pencil hands and colourful numbers! It’s  available  from amazon.

Cool Clocks Children Will Love!

Any clock will help children grasp the main time concept and if it’s an interesting or unusual clock then they are more likely to pay attention to it! Older children especially will love this range of cool clocks that have some additional and interesting functions…

Star Wars Darth Vader Minifigure Clock

LEGO Star Wars Darth Vader Minifigure Clock from  amazon uses the power of the force (along with 2 x AAA batteries) to bring you the time so you are never late for your battle against the dark forces again! This Lego Darth Vader Clock will soon be snapped up by Lego enthusiasts so make sure you set your alarm to grab this one before time runs out!

Alarm Clock Radio is styled to look just like a Lego brick

With this alarm clock radio styled to look just like a Lego brick, they’ll look forward to being woken up! Well, one can hope anyway! It’s chunky design means that it’s pretty durable and sturdy and very easy to use, with the knobs on top doubling as volume and tuner controls. Best of all, it’s stackable and fits perfectly with the other Lego electronics. For the Lego mad child this Lego Brick Radio Alarm Clock is a must have item. Get yours from  John Lewis.

Kid's robot formed alarm clock

Don’t be alarmed! This cute little Robot Alarm Clock from Cox & Cox is adorably harmless – just don’t push his buttons! He’s the perfect little starter alarm for little snoozers. His green eyes glow whilst you are sleeping, keeping guard over your bed until morning when the reliant robot wakes you up with his own little alarm call. They said that robots would become household friends and this one is most definitely a bedtime pal so I guess they weren’t far wrong!

Children's personalised robot themed wall clocks

These personalised Robot Clocks by Cupcake Castles are a brand new design which uses wood and clay, then painted in glow in the dark paint and decorated with sequins. Finally the finishing touch is added in a unique personalisation making this a fabulous gift – after all Christmas is only round the corner… It’s a robotically groovy way to learn the time!

Children's wall clock in the style of abig round purple elephant

You won’t be able to ignore this elephant in the room!  The Vitra Elihu the Elephant Clock is a range of designer children’s wall clocks by George Nelson available from Heal’s. It’s a very playful design made to look like  animal thumb-prints. If you’re not sure about the elephant you could choose either the whale or owl instead which  have very different designs.

Pink butterfly shaped wall clock

This Butterfly Wall Clock by  Pitter Patter Products is available in 4 great colours and is perfect for a fluttery butterfly themed bedroom and makes a striking wall feature. The borders of this pretty butterfly clock are decorated with tiny glittery stars which sparkle in the light. A  distinctive and unusual clock suitable for older girls.

Children's wall clock in the shape of a pink flying pigPigs might well fly and this pig has decided to take time with him! This bright, fun and colourful clock brings a humorous slant on telling the time and these clocks can also be personalised with your children’s names. Fly your little piggies to  Simply Kids Clocks to pick up yours.

Funky kitsch pink alarm clock with postcard design.

The Wait a Minute Clock from Lisa Angel is a funky kitsch pink alarm clock with postcard design that is dinky enough to take on their travels with them. The candy pink colour is good enough to eat and  the  retro look  makes a trendy little clock that will grace their bedside table.

Cut out numbers and animal figures wall clock

The Koziol Pip Clock from Firebox  looks like a bit of a jungle but it claims to make telling the time a walk in the park and if you look closely you’ll see why. Scattered around the jumble of numbers are some curious woodland creatures – see if you can spot them! It’s a wacky clock that will instantly brighten up a plain wall.

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Well time is running away with me so I’d better clock off whilst you clock a glance at some of these fine examples – it won’t take you a minute!

Plants For Kid’s Rooms

We all know that plants can add colour and a sense of tranquillity to a home, but what about in a child’s bedroom? Amongst all the clutter, toys, books, posters and decorations, is there any space for plants in children’s rooms? What good will plants do and what kind of plants are best for kids?

Well I believe there should be room for a bit of greenery in children’s rooms and the benefits of getting plants for kids can be huge. They don’t just add a bit of colour and life to a cluttered room but can also provide a calming environment and help encourage creativity and nurturing. Not convinced? Then read on!

Taking Care of Plants

Taking care of plants can be a fun way for children to learn about nurturing and responsibility. They’ll love watching the plant grow and flower and will learn all about the science behind growth. Giving children something to take care of, even something as simple as a plant, infers responsibility and you’ll find that children will rise to the challenge and will take great pride in their plant.

Sunflower growing kit

Try giving them a sunflower seed to plant. This is not only fast growing — so great for impatient children — but will also add brightness and colour to their rooms. Easy to grow, sunflowers are ideal starter plants for kids.

Fragrant Plants for Kids Rooms

Living plants often add a sense of freshness to a room and some scented plants can also add calm and serenity. Scented plants are especially useful in teenager’s rooms where their fragrance may mask some other, rather unpleasant scents!

Lavender is well known for helping to aid sleep, but is hard to care for indoors. Instead try the hardy geranium plant which has a beautiful bright bloom and smells divine! Pink Jasmine can also be grown indoors with a little more care and has a delightful scent that is perfect for little girl’s rooms.

Plants That Are Safe To Eat

Why not take the opportunity to get kids interested in growing plants for food? One of the best ways to nurture their interest in eating their greens is to grow their own greens! Cress is probably the easiest plant to grow and they can nibble away on it to their hearts content!

kids herb and flower welly boot plant pot kitOther easy to grow herbs include chives, mint, parsley and thyme and they are not only tasty but scented too! Get them a little window box or even just a small pot to grow their very own herb patch and they’ll soon be eating up all their greens!

Plants are a great addition to a child’s room with huge health benefits such as air purification and a greater sense of well-being. Your child may be in the middle of a large, noisy city but you can bring a little of the countryside into their rooms and encourage them to take care of a living thing.

Plants which are particularly effective include Areca Palm, Rubber Plants, Dragon Plant, English Ivy, Peace Lily, Gerbera Daisies and Weeping Fig.

Do remember however that some plants are poisonous so never introduce a plant to a young child’s room without checking first that it’s safe.   There is a useful guide guide published by the Royal Horticultural Society with a list of potentially harmful plants and   the BBC have a useful guide for gardening with children with lots of indoor and outdoor gardening projects for kids.

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Smoby Gardening Table

Smoby Gardening Table

Get your thumbs green with the Smoby Gardening Table, perfect for budding gardeners ages 2 and up. This colourful gardening table is a great playset for kids with an interest in the outdoors. With an assortment of included accessories the kids will be planting and growing flowers of their own in no time.

Plant and Grow Kids Complete Edible Garden

Plant and Grow Kids Complete Edible Garden

Kids Grow Your Own Edible Garden. Complete Grow Your Own Garden including Wooden Planting Crate, Removable Hessian Planting Bag and Personalised Kids Edible Garden Kit.

Plant and Grow Family Grow Your Own Kit

Plant and Grow Family Grow Your Own Kit

Family Grow Your Own Edible Garden Garden Gift Pack makes a great gift for budding green-fingered families and includes Herb, Edible Flower & Kids Pack

Plantabox Personalised Kid's Planting Crate

Plantabox Personalised Kid's Planting Crate

This lovely small personalised wooden crate is ideal as a children's gift, it's sure to get them interested in growing their own plants.

Plant and Grow Plantalicious Kids Grow Your Own Edible Garden Kit

Plant and Grow Plantalicious Kids Grow Your Own Edible Garden Kit

Personalised Kid's Grow Your Own Edible Garden Kit with everything the little gardener needs to get started. Personalised Box and card included.

BEEcycle Sow And Grow Bug Eating Plant

BEEcycle Sow And Grow Bug Eating Plant

Sow & Grow Bug Eating Plant, the perfect present for any kids with an interest in gardening.

Plant and Grow Plantalicious Edible Grow Tub Pack

Plant and Grow Plantalicious Edible Grow Tub Pack

Grow Your Own Mini Garden with fun varieties of high-quality speedy germinating seeds, compost, mini-greenhouse, instructions, plant marker and sticker.

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Sensory Aids For Children’s Rooms

Children gain a lot from their surroundings and if their rooms are where they spend most of their time, then why not stimulate their imaginations and senses with equipment and toys other than a PlayStation?

Sensory toys and equipment aren’t just for children with special needs, they are useful for every child, from babies to adolescents. Stimulation has been proved to help the brain make those vital early connections, to increase curiosity and learn new skills. Children with autism also benefit greatly from having sensory rooms. They can also help to relax and calm your child; so are useful for tantrums or just getting them off to sleep.

Sensory objects and equipment needn’t be expensive either. You don’t need specialist equipment and can often find cheap toys, lights, etc in ordinary high street stores.

Sensory Lights and Lamps

Children's light panel

Lights will stimulate visual sensors and improve concentration and hand-eye co-ordination. You can either get a grand lighting panel, fairy lights or lamps that glow and twinkle. This cartoon lighting panel is on the more expensive end of the scale but it makes a fantastic focal point for a child’s room and is incredibly soothing so is  brilliant as a nightlight. You can either set the lights to a gentle glow or to a twinkling mode.

Ladybird night light

Or how about a wall projection? This cute Twilight Ladybug has a glowing shell on her back that creates a beautiful night-time projection onto  the wall  of blue, green and red stars. She turns an ordinary child’s room into a wonderland of enchantment!

Fibre Optic Fountain (Colour Changing)

Providing just as much stimulation are the huge array of fibre optic lamps that you can pick up for less than a fiver, like this colour changing fibre optic fountain lamp that looks spectacular when dark and is fully portable too.

Music/Noise Sensors

Music is also important to help develop listening skills and encourage children to differentiate one note from another. Children who grow up surrounded by music are more likely to be creative thinkers. Musical sensors are also great for children who have hearing and/or communication difficulties.

Musical wind-chime on stand

This stand alone wind chime is perfect for encouraging children to experiment with different sounds and make their own music. It’s a gentle and soothing sound too so won’t grate on mum or dad!

musical monkey is made of colourful wool felt and and softly padded with a pull cord for music

Or try this adorable musical monkey! Just pull his cord for a gentle lullaby that will help your little one drift off to sleep or calm a cranky tot!

Scented Touchable Toys

Wheat & Lavender filled  Teeny Beanie character

Smell is also an important sense and can either be energising or relaxing. These scented wheat and lavender hotties are definitely there to calm and soothe a sleepy child. Each bright and cute character is great for cuddling — just pop them into the microwave for 2 minutes and not only with their warmth envelope your child but the wafting scent of lavender will also wash over them.

Childrens beads

Or to stimulate their creative juices then try this sassy bucket of beads that not only come in a delicious vanilla scent but are multi-textured too and can be linked and pulled apart, so are a fantastic aid to a child’s motor skills.

So whether your child needs a little help with their senses or not, these sensory room aids will stimulate and delight, soothe and calm. Turn your child’s room into a haven full of sights, sounds and smells that will not only aid their development but help them get a good night’s sleep too — which in turn helps you to nod off peacefully!