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Instagram’s algorithm would have you believe that the only acceptable interior design for kids is a tasteful mix of rust, cream and beige. Still, any parent whose child is involved in the colorful claws of Paw Patrol and Peppa Pig knows that’s definitely not what their offspring would choose.

Chic new parents are often delighted to discover that newborns’ color perception extends to high-contrast monochrome and that this combination helps baby’s development. However, once this phase is over, young children are attracted to bright colors, which stimulate the brain and promote cognitive development. AKA no good taste rust, cream and beige.

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If you’ve spent years tweaking your home’s interior and making wise choices about what to let in and what to keep, the idea of ​​letting primary colors run wild is not attractive. Homes with a dedicated playroom tend to do well for the needs of children’s play and evening relaxation for parents, but that’s a luxury out of reach for most.

Embracing color in your child’s room is easy, sprinkling storage baskets around the house – full of brash, much-loved plastic toys makes sense, and with the addition of everyday elevated furniture, like high chairs and dotey arts and crafts tables, it will hardly feel like a style compromise at all. Here are 10 brands and stores you should know.

MiraMira

Celebrating 20 years in business this year, Mira Mira on Sandymount Green, Dublin 4 is a must-have for quirky lighting, lampshades, children’s cutlery, toy baskets, play mats and colorful garlands.

With a wide selection of decorative homewares and cute storage in particular, there’s something for kids of all ages and interests here.

Josh and Jenna

The Irish concept store Josh & Jenna offers design furniture and decoration adapted to the age of babies and children. From cribs and cribs to tree bunk beds, nature-inspired wallpapers, murals, and wall stickers, their online store has a wide variety of products.

Their washable wool rugs, characterful cushions, cute lamps and novelty-shaped shelves are especially fun.

Tripp Trap

To celebrate 50 years of their cult high chair, Tripp Trapp has released a limited edition ash version. Crafted with ash wood, it features marble-like swirling veins, making each chair unique.

The adjustable seat allows babies and toddlers to sit at the family table, at eye level, making mealtimes more interactive and integrated. If natural ash isn’t your aesthetic, there are also options in oak, pink, mint, gray, brown, and black.

CHILD

Featuring Irish and European brands, our KID picks include tri-color ball pits, padded play mats, adorable little tables and chairs in soft hues of pink, olive and blue, and rainbow wall rugs. colorful skies.

Check out their cribs, cradles, beds and bedding section for natural and organic bedding from UK brand The Little Green Sheep, duty free.

Kids Kave

With furniture designed in-house, Kave Home’s ever-growing children’s collection really stands out. Based on Montessori teachings that encourage autonomy and child development, each piece is designed to allow the creativity and curiosity of toddlers.

Think beds without legs, protected stepladders that allow children to stand on the kitchen counter and clothes rails 1 m high.

Amurelle

Irish company Amurelle works with fourth-generation makers in northern Portugal to produce beautiful bedding sets, crafted from French linen and cotton.

Their baby bedding is made from pre-washed, breathable 100% cotton sateen, and is secured with a continuous elastic hem to ensure a perfect fit. Bed sheets and duvet patterns include stars and flowers.

Rooms for rascals

Practicality reigns supreme at Rooms for Rascals, an Irish family business offering home décor, upholstery and childcare items.

Reassurance of the word “washable” appears on product descriptions, from rugs to cushions, and color abounds in every category. There are also great toys, from pewter tea sets to kids’ gardening caddies, and a dedicated sensory section.

Next

When shopping for children’s clothing online at Next, it’s worth checking out the furniture, bedding and decor sections.

Mamas & Papas storage and beds, plus an abundance of beds, there are plenty of practical options to choose from, but its sensible selection is cheerfully punctuated by the occasional dinosaur bedside table and rainbow ombre bedding.

The little wooden dowel

Dun Laoghaire’s The Little Wooden Peg says children are their forever inspiration. Stocking a mix of international brands, each item is handpicked for quality and craftsmanship, prioritizing natural materials and ethical supply chains.

Favorites include the softest baskets, organic cotton and wool blankets and quilts, plus splash pools in soft tones and child-friendly tableware.

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Barn’s small retail space on Dublin’s Exchequer Street gives a taste of what this little sister to Industry & Co has to offer.

Online, you’ll find so much more in their At Home section, including cloud-shaped musical mobiles, crib and crib pouches, blankets and swaddles, patterned activity mats, clothes, rugs, lamps, wall hooks and much more.

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