As anyone who’s ever been a kid knows: your taste can evolve and change seemingly overnight. The things you thought were cool one year might be completely embarrassing the next. Therefore, when designing a kid’s bedroom, things can get surprisingly complicated. You’re tasked with designing a space that needs to be as highly changeable and versatile as the kid you’re designing it for, and be able to pair it all with classic furniture that can adapt to multiple styles over the years as they grow up.

Erin Wheeler, the designer behind Sunny Circle Studio, was recently tasked with redesigning her 7-year-old son’s room to feel more grown up. Previously, Wyatt’s room naturally had a younger vibe, and she wanted to transform it into a more versatile space that could grow and change with him but still cater strongly to his interests now. Erin had given her daughter a whimsical grown-up room last year and now Wyatt was making it clear that it was his turn. With this redesign, she says she aimed for a “classically cool” vibe while maintaining the happy and approachable style she is known for.


“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: kid’s rooms
are my favorite rooms to style and design! You can throw the ‘rules’
out of the window, let loose and just have fun with the design.”

First, she upgraded his twin bed to a Full Mid-Century Bed, and paired it with a Modern Nightstand that looks fun and young now, and can still easily evolve into a more sophisticated style in the future. She tied the space together and gave it some unique character with a fun celestial wallpaper, which can be removed or swapped out as his taste changes. Here was her master plan and mood board for the space. Read on below to see the final reveal!

Before

Inspired by the celestial print that anchored his gallery wall, she created the new look around it as a central theme.

“Since Wyatt has a clear sense of what he likes, I wanted to make sure to get his feedback and suggestions for the style direction. I’m not huge on themes in general, but he wanted his room to be a giant solar system so I’m putting my spin on that idea! He also loves Star Wars, dinosaurs, Legos (still haven’t quite figured out how to incorporate that but I’m working on it) and requested a bigger bed.”

After

west elm x sunny circle studio — kids room

west elm x sunny circle studio — kids room

west elm x sunny circle studio — kids room

As with any remodel, this room was not without some small hiccups, primarily a costly and time-consuming re-painting job after the first color choice was not suiting the space as she had hoped. The new paint, however, paid off and pairs perfectly with the Chasing Paper Constellation Map wallpaper!

west elm x sunny circle studio — kids room

west elm x sunny circle studio — kids room

west elm x sunny circle studio — kids room

west elm x sunny circle studio — kids room

west elm x sunny circle studio — kids room

When designing a kid’s bedroom, Erin suggests to start with a statement piece and built out from there. “In this room’s case, it was the amazing constellation wallpaper.”

west elm x sunny circle studio — kids room

west elm x sunny circle studio — kids room

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March 23, 2019

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