In dining rooms, art is used to create a focal point and also provoke conversation from guests seated at the table. Consider a youthful, cheery approach to dining room art by having children’s art professionally mounted and framed with grown-up material. Instead of museum glass, opt for non-glare acrylic which is kid-safe and easy to clean.
This family-friendly home features a music area, a kids' art space, a teepee – even a climbing wall and an indoor swing! Bright fabrics and an eclectic mix of furnishings add to the home's casual, whimsical vibe. The whole house was designed to fit the personality and lifestyle of the active, vibrant homeowners and their young kids.
Children's bathrooms offer a chance for parents to throw out most decorating rules, instead trying something different and fun. Rather than adding one featured piece of art, the entire bathroom including its doors are covered with original pieces. The key to creating a whimsical look is to mix framed art with unstructured pieces as well as random objects, resulting in a saloon-style wall grouping.
Black and white wallpaper and colorful artwork come together in this fun and whimsical kids bedroom. The Connecticut home is filled with artful touches that speak to the owners' fun personalities. An en-suite bath is also modern and graphic.
This low-ceiling basement space in a 1920s Colonial is now a lively children’s workspace. Artwork—hung from Ikea picture rails and curtain rods with clips—fills the room with vibrant color. In this electronics-free zone, the kids paint, draw and play games at their white craft table.
Unfinished wood panels give texture and visual interest to this art or homework nook equipped with a built-in desk and stools. A wire hung between the walls is an easy (and flexible!) place to pin up drying artwork or favorite creations.
Most designers prefer to stay consistent with metal finishes in dining rooms, from the hardware and lighting and down to the flatware on the table. While stainless steel and pewter have remained the most popular choice nationwide, antique brass is a more unique yet classic and timeless option. In this dining room, brass was used on the chandelier, the Brutalist mirror sculpture and in the framing of the children’s art.