Colorful Playthings for Kids

Conceptual Building Blocks

Fresh back from a long week­end in Stock­holm with a group of monochrome-loving design blog­ging peers, I’m now crav­ing a bit of color. Of course, there’s noth­ing wrong with dec­o­rat­ing your home solely in black and white, my own home inte­rior is white and grey, very much in line with the sim­ple, neu­tral Scan­di­na­vian style.

But what about kids? What about their rooms, their play area? Spring is on its way here, we’re going to repaint the house, and I feel like adding a few care­fully cho­sen pops of color. I hope this small selec­tion of fun finds will inspire you to do the same, should you feel so inclined.

Oli Rug for Kids Room

OLI Children’s Cush­ion & Rug Set
avail­able from menut estu­dio

The color green is grow­ing on me and I love this eye-catching for­est cush­ion and rig set, made from lay­ers of hypoal­ler­genic felt leaves (per­fect for hid­ing things inside). The car­pet cover can be used sep­a­rately if a friend comes over to play or left on top of the cush­ion pad for quiet read­ing time.

Zookids Stools

Zookids Stools
avail­able for $180 from julica design

Kids love ani­mals and par­ents love happy chil­dren. Julica Design’s col­or­ful series of zoo stools would cer­tainly make a play­ful fea­ture in a child’s room. Dec­o­rated in an appeal­ing palette of pale pink, orange and blue, the Zookids range is cur­rently com­posed of a tiger, ele­phant and hippo, all wait­ing for your lit­tle jun­gle explorers!

Crystal Crown for Kids

Crys­tal Crown
avail­able for $51 from dear plas­tic (via papier mache)

Dear Plastic’s orig­i­nal water­color crowns dec­o­rated with rib­bons and sequins are very pretty (I love their other hand­made prod­ucts, too). They would look beau­ti­ful on dis­play in a girl’s room, and may even inspire you to have go at mak­ing your own.

Paper Bird

Paper Bird
avail­able from lydia shirreff on etsy

I am a huge fan of Lydia Shirreff’s bright 3D mobiles and paper­craft work, and I’m sure that this col­or­ful hand-cut piece would look stun­ning on a white wall in a child’s room. Con­tact Lydia via her Etsy shop if you’d like her to make one for you.

Embroidered Children’s Cushions

Pil­lows Embroi­dered with Children’s Draw­ings
avail­able for $74 from il était 1x une étoile (unfor­tu­nately, the store is no longer active)

It was love at sight when I came across Katia Graeff’s line of cush­ions. A mix of endear­ing kids’ draw­ings embroi­dered in black and a zest of neon pink, green or red, these pil­lows are bound to please lit­tle ones and big ones alike. Do take a peek at her web­site, so col­or­ful, fun and orig­i­nal – love!

Pic­tured at the top of of this post: Con­cep­tual Build­ing Blocks, avail­able for $56 from Naughts & Crosses.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bliss.foster Bliss Fos­ter

    There need to be more imag­i­na­tive, wooden toys for kids. I love this col­lec­tion. Finely curated, as always :).

  • http://j9sopinion.tumblr.com/ Jea­nine H

    Hmmm embroi­dery pil­lows with children’s draw­ings eh ? … Lol :D Sweet new DIY inspi­ra­tion! These are all fab­u­lous. I love the simplicity.mwe actu­ally put away all com­mer­cial “toys” just last week and pulled out the “basics” –there is much more cre­ative think­ing going in around these parts than ever! Thank you for more inspiration!