Kourtney Kardashian's Rules for Styling a Super-Cool Kids Room
When Kourtney Kardashian unveiled her new home in Calabasas, California, she admitted her favorite room wasn't what you'd expect. "I’m the most passionate about my kids’ spaces, and I always want to find ways to make them more inspiring and interesting," the stylish star told Architectural Digest. Kourtney enlisted the help of celebrity interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard to create the playful spaces filled with huge plush animals and colorful accents. “This process is not about making a design statement,” she told AD. “It’s about crafting spaces that foster a sense of wonder and discovery and at the same time make the kids feel totally secure and comfortable.” Scroll down to discover Kourtney Kardashian's top tips for creating the ultimate kids room.
When it came to styling her six-year-old son Mason's bedroom, Kourtney says imagination was key. "The most important thing a kid’s room has to have is some element of magic, something that really sparks their imagination," she says. "In Mason’s room, we put a Ralph Lauren wallpaper of star constellations on the ceiling; his night-lights are star projectors. Before bed, when we’re singing songs and scratching backs, it feels like we’re in outer space."
Consider Your Child's Personality
Before having a family, Kourtney admits she pictured the ultimate chic nursery to be all-white. Now, she says she understands the importance of styling a room to suit your child's personality and added playful furniture and colorful accents to match. "When I was pregnant with each of the kids, I just wanted them to have all-white rooms. But as the pregnancies progressed, their personalities started speaking to me. With Reign, I suddenly decided to replace the white leather rocker I always had with a black one. I also had his crib painted in a beautiful gray. It felt right."
Let Your Children Have a Say
Kourtney wanted each child to have a room that reflected their individual style, while still working with the existing décor in the house. She says involving her kids in the design process allowed them to feel part of the process. "Mason was set on having bunk beds. Penelope is a pink girl, so she got a bed upholstered in pink velvet. She also had to okay the Jean Royère chair covered in woolly sheepskin," she told AD. "I don’t recall getting her opinion on the Serge Mouille ceiling light, which came from our old house, but I got matching sconces for her bathroom."
Choose Accents That Can Change as Your Children Grow
Both children's and interior design trends can change in an instant, so Kourtney designed the rooms with interchangeable décor. "I try to keep the backgrounds pretty neutral and get the hits of color from the toys and the fabrics. That way, you can easily change the vibe of the room without turning it inside out," she says. "In Penelope’s room, I chose a soft blush-pink instead of a hot pink for her bed so that it wouldn’t get stale too fast."
Incorporate Storage Into the Design
Kourtney's interior designer paid special attention to storage to ensure the kid's rooms remained clutter-free. "One of his best suggestions was to put a big bulletin board in a simple white-lacquered frame in Mason’s room. We put up pictures, notes, mementos from trips—it’s great to have one place to put it all so it doesn’t junk up the room."
They also sourced toy bins that doubled as playful statement pieces. "We have these stackable Lego storage bins that organize all the toys and are also super-fun and colorful. Those are for the small toys. The bigger ones we display on an interesting shelving system. Once again, it looks great—I really like seeing the toys—while it helps keep the room in order."