Design

Top Tips for Decorating Kids’ Rooms featuring Belinda from Petite Interior Co.

Jade Pennell
Jade Pennell
02/08/18

Recently, the Mosaic Property Group team caught up with Belinda from Petite Interior Co.

A local Sunshine Coast designer, Belinda and her team specialise in decorating kids’ rooms. She’s even helped us with a room at Cyan, our debut Sunshine Coast apartment project.

Belinda was kind enough to share some of her top tips for decorating kids’ rooms with us. Now we’re sharing this information with you.

Belinda Kurtz Petite Interior Co Gemmola

Belinda Kurtz founded Petite Interior Co. with her husband Dean in 2013 (PIc: Gemmola)

Where do you draw inspiration from?

Belinda recommends drawing inspiration for your kid’s room from a range of sources.

To start with, consider what they like. As Belinda explains, “I’m definitely influenced by my daughters and what they’re into.” She also suggests turning to the online world.

“Pinterest is a great one – I always start there. Instagram is also a great place to stay across trends. You’ll soon see colour schemes that are starting to pop up everywhere. And the mum and dad bloggers are really setting some trends!”

Of course, you should also be true to yourself and your vision for the room. “My clients bring me inspiration all the time. Someone mentions they’d like a vintage, Hamptons-inspired vibe, and you start to delve into that world. It’s amazing what you can come up with.”

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How should you budget?

Prioritising and being realistic are key when it comes to budgeting for any interior design project – your kid’s room included.

“I always start with things that will be staying for the longest period of time, so if you’ve got $5,000 to spend, allocate the majority of that budget to your big-ticket furniture pieces. Then once you’ve chosen those, you can see what you have left and go from there.”

Belinda always encourages people to stick to their budgets. And she assures us that even if you’re on a tight budget, you can still get the look and feel you’re after. As she explains, “Be realistic about what we can achieve within your budget constraints. I often help clients get a high-end look on a budget. It’s about being smart with your choices.”

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Budgets can get out of hand if you don’t manage expectations. Allocate the bulk of your money to big-ticket items that will last.

How long will your chosen look “last”?

Belinda suggests designing your kid’s room to fit their current life stage.

We were surprised to learn just how long that can last.

“We say ages zero to two are your nursery years. Then from two to the tween years, a good room design should last that long. Your design around the teenage years should last until your kids are moving out.”

A well-designed room will only need to be updated a handful of times.

What’s it like to work with Petite Interior Co?

Belinda and the team at Petite Interior Co are passionate about helping clients envisage exactly what their new kid’s room will look like.

“We bring every design to life in 3D so you can see it. We do this for all our clients – local and international. That way, we can literally say, ‘Here’s your room in a package, here is where you can source it’ and you’ll know where to hang everything, which wall to wallpaper, where to place the rug, and things like that.”

The most exciting and rewarding moment for Belinda is when she sees these designs brought to life. “We get these photos back from clients and they look exactly like the room we modelled. It’s really cool!”

3d concept kids room petite interior co

The initial concepts for Belinda’s room at Cyan were modelled using 3D rendering software

What’s life as a designer really like?

Often, people don’t realise how much hard work goes into interior design, even for a kid’s room.

“I don’t think a lot of people realise how not glamorous it is!” Belinda laughs.

“It’s hard work, but when we get to see the reactions from our clients, it’s really rewarding. And when you see the finished room come together, that’s such a highlight!”

Learn more

At Mosaic Property Group, we’re passionate about supporting local businesses like Petite Interior Co. That’s why we were excited to work with Belinda on a kids’ room for Cyan – our debut Sunshine Coast apartments.

As it turns out, Belinda enjoyed the experience as much as we did!

“I couldn’t have been more thrilled to work with the amazing Mosaic design team. Just walking into the showroom was enough to get me excited at the prospect of bringing a few Petite Interior Co. touches to the beautiful Mosaic aesthetic.”

Belinda designed a gender-neutral room that that worked in with Cyan’s relaxed, modern, coastal vibe – and we couldn’t be happier with the result.

To learn more about Belinda and her interior design services, check out Petite Interior Co today.