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As little as a decade ago, children’s décor was pretty much all bunnies, trucks and pastels. But lately, design for kids has become increasingly chic. The irony? Their stuff is now cooler than yours. Here are a few things we’d pinch in a pinch.
Chevron can be a bit strident. Here, pale gray softens the zigzag pattern in a way that’s pleasingly subtle yet still striking. And no one will know you snagged the hand-tufted, 100% cotton accent rug from the nursery.
Get it now: Sweet JoJo floor rug, $41.99, Target.com.
This chic and shimmery Moroccan pouf is the perfect place for guests to pop a squat and kick up their heels. Plus, it’s built for kids so it’s as sturdy as it is stylish.
Get it now: Gold Faux Leather Pouf, $89, Land of Nod.
Wrap yourself up post-bath in Zara Home for Kids terry cloth bath towel. The rainbow crochet fringe puts the hip in hippie.
Get it now: Multicolored Crochet Bath Towel, $39.90, Zara Home.
Zara Home Kids' 13-pocket hanging organizer hits all the classic nautical notes (blue stripes, bleached tones, rope) and is perfect for anything from stashing seashells to sorting mail.
Get it now: Nautical Motif Organizer, $35.90, Zara Home.
Storage that’s swanky? Serena and Lily’s textured woven bins for kids come in range of cool hues, but the metallic silver outside/gold inside version is truly a glam slam steal. Whip-stitched styling adds even more interest.
Get in now: Pandan Bins, $38 each, Serena and Lily.
Take a seat
Simple and elegant, this leather, slip-covered sling chair feels way too sophisticated for teens. Unfurl a pair in your sitting area (the look reads cozy, casual and cool), or fold and stash away for impromptu guests.
Get it now: Leather Sling Butterfly Chair, $199, PB Teen.
This student writing desk is too cool for school. Its trim silhouette and hairpin metal legs make it a smart, scaled down addition to spaces where clunky furniture is a fail. It comes in three colors, but espresso/turquoise is definitely the standout.
Get it now: Altra Furniture Owen Desk, $59.88, Walmart.com.
Bed time Story
It’s no fairly tale. While this Victorian-styled white iron bed may be princess-perfect, it also has that whimsical, industrial look design mavens covet.
Get it now: Giselle Antique White Iron Metal Bed, $310.99 and up, Overstock.com.
Pretty floral appliqué in an on-trend zig-zag pattern elevates this reversible cotton ivory quilt from girly to grown up. Hand pieced and quilted, it comes in a generous full/queen (sorry kings) along with a coordinating standard sham (sold separately).
Get it now: Savannah quilt and sham, $39-$219, The Company Store.
Wish browsing your closet was more like shopping your favorite boutique? This refined rolling wood rack lets you view and pull apparel in a snap, while an attached pin board and mirror allow for inspiration and admiration, respectively. Yes, it’s a bit pricey, but less so than an armoire—and much more stylish.
Get it now: Lilac Wardrobe Storage Display, $599, PB Teen.