Is it me or have there been more baby bumps and children in the streets lately? Maybe it’s in my head! After all, many of my friends are having babies of their own, so maybe it’s only an effect of being in your ‘thirties’. Do you feel the same way?
In any case, I really like children’s shops. The new opening of the concept store KARAMELL in Zurich made me like them even more. Let’s just say that the owner, Sara, did many things right. It even inspired me to write this week’s blog post about 3 playful ways to decor a store for kids – or a room. I hope you’ll get your dose of inspiration!
1. Playing with volumes
More than ever, the success of this type of space relies on making the best out of it, by including large or oversized items to your decor. The use of small or mid-size items should be avoided, particularly on the floor. Glass jars don’t mingle with mini humans!
Keep these key words in mind: reflection, suspension, height, depth, etc.
The use of big, round mirrors will bring more depth to the space. Lower and higher hangers for the garments look interesting. Wine boxes – the wooden ones – fixed to the walls might be a good alternative to bulky furniture as well as small items.
I like the concept behind Mini Markt in Amsterdam (on the top, left side): large items displayed at different heights, a combination of teepees and pillows… And these are only made out of wood pallets. Perfect DIY project!
2. Embellishing walls and floors
The point is: it is always a good idea to decorate and embellish the walls or the floors. I’m not so sure about doing both. Just keep in mind that in the end, it needs to be visually attractive without overdoing it.
From the left to the right: Mini Rodini via myscandinavianblog, golden stickers by Jasabi on Etsy, Big and Belg via lifewithfayeblog, former Minus shop in France and masking tape wall via Pinterest
For the floors, think of drawing road marks or a hopscotch. For the walls, I must admit that I quite like Mini Rodini’s jellyfish. Otherwise, you can always add stickers, such as mini stars, and wallpaper – another good option. And what about painting forms and animals by simply using masking tape ?
3. Finding the right accessories
Garlands, teepees, real size castles, wooden horses, are only a few examples of “must have” items. There exists many more. I find the wood moon chair below fantastic. Oh, and in case you feel creative, you’ll find for example here one good tutorial for DIY teepees.
From the left to the right: DIY Teepee via Julie Blanner, Nanelle window (France), moon chair and shelves inspiration via Pinterest
For shop owners, remember that there are many benefits to a diversified and individualised set up: if the kids have a good time in your store, more sales will be generated. Check out my board on Pinterest for more ideas.
Here’s a small product selection for this decorating task :
The shopping list:
3. Paper bag by be-poles via clomes.ch (perfect to storage textile and games!)
So I hope you’ll get inspired! Wishing you a nice weekend.
ps. If you’re a shop owner, in need of some support for your store whether it’s about the setting up, the social media work or organization? Check out my website here and email me.
English text by Veronique Tremblay