Pinterest To Shoppable Reality: A Calm, Modern Toddler Room in Black and White


Amanda’s back! This time, she’s recreating a seriously cool toddler room….


This week I’m excited to show you how to recreate this sweet clutter-free kids room. I love the Scandinavian simplicity and clean lines, and what I really think makes it so soothing to look at is the tightly-edited color scheme, a home design trend as of late. (My preschooler’s room is currently a riot of pattern and bright color, which suits her personality, but wow – this is so much more restful and calm!) It’s great for kids to have a lot of color in their surroundings – such as playrooms and happy pops of color around the house – but a pared down, peaceful bedroom is a smart idea for encouraging quiet time. Another plus for this room’s design? It will grow with kids for a long time since it’s not overly themed or babyish.

Here’s the Pinterest inspiration:




(source: this pin)

And here’s our (shoppable) version:




Bed & Bedding:

I love this sophisticated gray bed from Land of Nod – it’s a little pricey, but will look great in your kid’s room until they leave the nest (sniff!)  Gray twin bed, Land of Nod: $699
And here’s a more economical choice in white that’s very cute: White bed, Hayneedle $349
For pink-lovers, this forest theme organic bedding goes perfectly with the wood tones in the room, and the color adds a warm touch to the pared-down furnishings.
More of a blue fan? Navy sea creatures add a cool graphic pattern to keep kids’ interest.

Side Chair & Lighting:

Melissa & Doug stuff is always a favorite around our house, and the quality is awesome.
Melissa & Doug Kids wooden chairs (set of 2), Macy’s: $69.99
Check out the sleek mid-century modern desk lamp – no wonder it’s named “Draper”!
Draper gooseneck desk lamp, Hayneedle: $60.54
This black metal pendant light keeps the clean-lined aesthetic going.
Simple Modern Pendant Light, Light in the Box: $99.99

Reading Corner:

Not sure what to do with the crib mattress after the move to a big-kid bed? It’s the perfect size for a little reading & relaxing spot! Whenever I’ve seen this set-up in my daughter’s preschool classrooms, it’s always a popular hang-out place. The fuzzy pillows add some fun texture and interest to the simple black and white palette.
Black crib sheet, Target: $19.99
Ivory fluffy pillow, Designer Living: $39.20

Art & Extras:

I found this large chalkboard wall decal that’s repositionable, removable, and erasable! You can use more than one to get a supersized surface like in the Pinterest image. These would also be great for playrooms or kitchens.
Chalkboard decal, Bluefly: $14.99
The $12 oversized black & white photo art Shana mentioned in this post would look SO GOOD in this room and go perfectly with the streamlined color scheme.
Sturdy storage tubs that can easily corral toys, books and laundry while still looking great? You got it!
Large Balcolore tub, Container Store: $24.99
This little rocking horse is a playful element that lets you know it’s still a kid zone, no matter how sophisticated the decor!
White rocking horse, Target: $89.99
So there you have it, a timeless, de-cluttered kid’s room for quiet play time or actual sleeping!
Question for you mamas who have made the big-kid bed transition – the Pinterest image shows a toddler bed, did you use one or go directly to a regular sized bed? We’re thinking of jumping to a twin size when baby sister arrives in a few weeks, for practical reasons – not having to buy a second crib, and our 3 year old is ridiculously tall so may not fit in a toddler bed for long! I’d love to hear your thoughts on pros and cons for either choice.
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