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Guest Picks: Construction Chic
20 fun industrial decorating touches for kids big and small
I'm a mother of two under the age of three and the founder of a lifestyle and design blog, http://ww.ModernParentsMessyKids.com. Out to prove stylish parents and active kids can successfully coexist, I gravitate towards projects, products, and design that foster development and have a bit of a modern edge.
I'm a mother of two under the age of three and the founder of a lifestyle... More
My son is a construction vehicle fiend. If it digs, drags, pushes or destroys, then it's for him. And from what I hear, he's not alone. These mighty machines seem to be adored by little (and big) guys almost universally. In an effort to give the kids what they want, but still maintain a sense of style, I've rounded up 20 finds to help add some industrial chic to your child's space.
— Stephanie Morgan from Modern Parents Messy Kids
— Stephanie Morgan from Modern Parents Messy Kids
Personalised Construction Toy Letter Art by Berties - GBP 53.75
Monograms are a great way to personalize a kid's space. This 3D construction version is made of a gravel-textured surface with toy diggers, dumper trucks and even workmen. My favorite parts are the muddy tracks leading off the print and onto the mat board — almost like the machines have been busy working while your child slumbered.
"Lunch Atop a Skyscraper" Mounted Print by Mike Stimpson - $76
This is such a cool take on the famous 1932 photograph taken by Charles Ebbets, and you can't go wrong with LEGO decor. Do kids ever really outgrow them?
Bulldozer Tractor Construction Vinyl Wall Decal by DecoMOD Walls - $16
The large scale and modern lines of this wall decal make for a versatile focal point the kids won't quickly outgrow. Plus it's available in several colors and can be personalized with a child's name or personal message.
Crane and Trucks Vinyl Decal Sticker by DecoMOD Walls - $42
This is another decal from DecoMOD Walls, equally as lovely as the Bulldozer Tractor. Overlapping the machines and crane gives the scene a nice level of dimension.
Digger with Dots on Pink Wall Art - $58
Who says trucks are just for boys? With the photographed digger juxtaposed against a bright pop of pink, this print has something for all your littles — regardless of gender. It's a perfect pick for the playroom.
Little Digger Photographic Print by Suzanne Robertson - $22.03
The vibrant colors of this print makes this machine appear positively playful.
Red Dump Truck Photographic Print by Suzanne Robertson - $22.03
Is there anything more quintessentially boy than a big, shiny red truck?
The Kauffman Center Construction Kansas City by Rob Webster Photography - $30
This print of a partially completed construction project is a wonderfully vivid piece. I love the idea of my little boy seeing it in his room every day and being inspired to build masterpieces of his own.
Wooden Grader Model by Countryside Gifts LLC - $39.95
When not in use, wooden toys placed on a shelf create beautiful wall art. I like how this scraper goes a step beyond the standard dump truck.
The key to creating a theme room that a child won't quickly outgrow is to not be too overt. This industrial-style lighting would look amazing hanging over a work table in a playroom — especially when coupled with some of the prints included here.
Modern Stop Sign Kid Art Print by I Heart Kid Art - $17
The bright colors of this print would be a lovely jumping-off point for a more gender-neutral construction space.
16" 4-Drawer Side Locker - Yellow - $619.99
Using tool boxes as storage is a stylish and functional way to incorporate some construction into the decor. Yellow versions are my favorite, but cherry red, sleek silver or jet black are also fun options.
Hardware Store Alphabet Wall Cards - $25
These extra large tool-themed alphabet cards would look great mounted as a large grid on the wall. For a smaller installation, you could also use them to spell out your child's name or a fun message like "kids at work."
MULTIBLOCKS Brainy Blocks - $38
These wood blocks remind me of a tape measure. They'd look fantastic stacked as bookends or just piled atop a dresser when not in use.
Construction Zone Bedding - $109
I fell in love when I saw this construction collection. The color combination is very cheerful and modern.
Bulldozer Throw Pillow - $24
Don't want to go with theme bedding for fear of your child outgrowing it? These construction vehicle pillows would go very well with a solid duvet or comforter. My son would be in heaven falling asleep each night on a cement mixer or an excavator.
Toolbox Poster by Creative Neesh - $40
On its own, this print doesn't exactly scream "kid art," but it would look fantastic in combination with some of the other finds here.
DUKTIG Work Bench - $79.99
This simple workbench is a nice blend of functional toy and clean, modern style.
Baby Crib Mobile Baby Mobile by Drops of Color - $80
This Etsy find is perfect for the littlest builder in your life.