Curran isn't the only entrepreneur going after the hot kid's furnishings market. In fact, it's a big business valued at around $10 billion, according to market research firm Packaged Facts. "Kids' spaces are so much more sophisticated now in terms of design than they were back in the primary-color-'90s," says Carla Stine, an interior decorator based in Springfield and owner of Pastiche Decor and Design, who works on contemporary and mid-century modern spaces.
Although it's easy to get sucked into expensive kids furnishings that coordinate with the overall look of a mid-century modern home, it's not usually necessary to spend a lot of money on a child's room to make a big impact. "It's easier to cut corners when buying for a kid's bedroom because with the larger items you can go with simple lines and then dress it up with accessories," Carla says. "A basic bed from IKEA, for example, could be paired with a Marimekko duvet, a shag rug, and a Tord Boontje light fixture."
If you do buy more expensive pieces, make sure the furnishings will adapt to your child's ever-changing needs. "I also think it's imperative that one not skimp when buying a glider/rocker for a nursery," Carla adds. "That's a piece of furniture that will get used a lot. And when you're up for the fourth straight night with your teething baby, you will be glad you went for quality!"
Sophisticated color palettes are where you will make a major impression. Neutrals such as khaki and gray are hot in modern spaces, and when used with splashes of intense color, the result is playful yet understated. Another trend is to pair unlikely colors, such as red with pink, or to choose of-the-moment accent colors such as coral or Kelly green. "My current favorite for a modern kid's room is matte charcoal gray with a pale, icy blue as the dominant colors. Throw in a green or red element and you've got a room that sings," Carla adds.
For accessories, she recommends placing removable Interface FLOR anywhere kids are likely to play. This modular carpet tile comes in a myriad of colors and textures and can be easily cleaned. Go bolder with lighting by hanging a group of paper lanterns in various sizes.
Finally, the best advice is to let loose when decorating for your kids. As long as the bones are there—a safe, comfortable bed, and plenty of storage—you will have a fun time accessorizing. Introducing kids to modern design is a great gift to pass along to the next generation.
Looking for some cool products for your kid's spaces? We scoured the market in search for some of the hippest designs available at various price points.
1. Temporary art
For kids who are creative and like to change up the look of their room often, Blik self-adhesive wall decals can transform a bedroom or playroom in minutes. These big stickers affix to any smooth surface and come in a variety of fun, kid-friendly designs. Decals are removable. Re-stick versions let you change the wall (and reuse the stickers) as often as you change your kid's diapers...well, almost. From $25. whatisblik.com
2. Lounge lizards
Let your little one kick back in style with the Coco plexistyle lounger by Bloombaby. Made for newborns and babies up to 26 pounds, the curved, single-piece frame comes in a myriad of colors that work in contemporary living spaces. It features an adjustable safety harness and rocks smoothly to help lull the little one to sleep. $350. spunkysprout.com
3. Tea party
From games to coloring marathons, Anka's mini-table and chairs by Scandinavian Child is sturdy enough for grownups to get in on the fun. It's crafted from birch and comes in three finishes. $200 for the set. scichild.com