The next time you’re out shopping for home decor or scouring the Internet for the perfect accent rug, take a stroll (or a scroll) through the kids’ department. Really! It’s where big retailers are hiding pieces with an unexpected but perfect balance of sophistication and personality to fit your grown-up aesthetic—no princesses or superheroes in sight. Hear the collective sigh of relief from parents, but the rest of us can reap the benefits, too. (Bonus: Design for little ones tends to run a bit cheaper.) Stores like Target, Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel offshoot The Land of Nod and Restoration Hardware are all in the game. Here, exactly what to scope out.
Generally speaking, teen and tween lines offer queen-size beds that are perfect for apartments and small rooms. This canopy design is dreamy—a major statement piece. We also love the idea of using a daybed as a couch for the living room. Just add some great throw pillows, and it can double as a guest bed. A simple headboard can also be a budget-friendly option that will pull your space together or define the vibe of the room.
This spotlight lamp is beautifully designed and would fit seamlessly into so many different spaces. And who wouldn't want a gilded palm tree in their living room or office? We love that the kids' section often has classic shapes in current colors, like this table lamp in pink.
A rug can enhance the largest and smallest of spaces, but it can also cost a fortune. Kids' stores tend to offer smaller sizes and interesting shapes perfect for seating areas, home offices or corners that need a bit of warming up.
Dressers and Armoires
While pricing on larger pieces of furniture may rival grown-up versions, design elements do as well. Beautiful lines, thoughtful details and vintage- and retro-inspired shapes are totally worth checking out.
Kids need a place for everything—books, toys, clothes, you name it. This makes their section a great place to find creative storage options for yourself. We love dual-purpose benches and trunks, and there are many beautiful bin and basket options for blankets, towels, plants or any loose items you just want to contain in a pretty way.
This is where pops of personality really come through, and you'll be sure to find the perfect chair for reading nooks or anywhere else you want to add a bit of a wink.
If you're looking for filler items—wall decor, throws, pillows, art—it's all there waiting to be discovered, usually in bright, fun colors and shapes. You'll be surprised by the level of sophistication.