Designs and functionality with kid’s rooms

August 2023 In Entertaining

Future proofing is an important first step when choosing a new home design for your Melbourne property. After all, your home is likely the largest investment you will ever make. Once you have chosen the perfect location – close to schools and amenities – prioritise building a home that caters to your family and lifestyle.

While a great entertaining and living space is important, comfortable growing spaces for children can mean the difference between a home for now and a forever home. As children grow, their bedroom requirements change – a great kid’s room is a space where children can express themselves and create new memories with their friends on the weekend, while the same room can serve older children as a study to pursue creative interests, complete schoolwork, and relax after a busy day.

Located in Lilydale, the Balmoral 384 and Onyx 242 are two family-favourite home designs that showcase growing spaces for children.


The Balmoral 384 is a two-storey home that contains all the room a family would need, plus a little more! Three living areas downstairs provide more than enough floor space for children and adults to spread out without interruption.

When it comes to decorating a kid’s space, Dennis Family Homes’ Senior Interior Designer, Gail Connor proposes engaging children throughout the interior decorating process by asking for their input on paint colours.

“Although it’s a good idea to only offer a small range of colours for selection that you can live with too,” she adds.

Adorn the walls with their art, stylish wallpaper in their favourite designs, or paint a feature wall for a splash of colour. For decoration, Gail recommends framed posters that can easily be changed. She also suggests hanging artwork and shelves slightly lower, so they are closer to a child’s height to encourage independence.

As displayed, all four bedrooms are located upstairs with three bedrooms towards the back of the home. The location of all the children’s bedrooms towards the back of the second storey creates a safe and peaceful kids’ zone where they can escape the noise of downstairs high-traffic areas and keep all toys and belongings contained.

Each room includes a double bed and more than enough space for children to showcase their personalities now and well into their adolescence. Additionally, all three bedrooms feature a walk-in closet with built-in hanging and shelf space.

As hobbies evolve, these large bedrooms can each be reconfigured to include a desk for individual study or creativity zones.

“A room for a young child could have a single bed with a play space or reading corner,” suggests Gail. “While a small table and chair set is conducive to a creative zone.”

ONYX 242

Like the Balmoral, the kid’s rooms in the Onyx 242 are located at the back of the home, providing the perfect growing spaces for children. As displayed, the hallway study nook beside the bedroom provides an extra space where kids of all ages can spread out and complete their homework, away from the commotion of the living areas.

Storage space is no issue in the Onyx 242, as each bedroom includes a robe — ideal for keeping clothes, shoes, accessories, and additional toys or belongings.

“Good storage helps children to keep their room clean and encourages them to tidy,” adds Gail. She recommends clear plastic tubs when storing belongings on shelves because they’re easy to see inside.

“Teenagers are notorious for leaving clothes on the floor, so have a hamper that they can put their clothes in at night.”

Dennis Family Homes understand family safety is a priority, which is why all kid’s rooms feature a high window for optimal natural light and privacy.

All three rooms are oriented around a family bathroom, displayed with a large inset bathtub, vanity with plenty of storage, and enough floor space for parents to help little ones get ready in the morning.

As seen in the Meridian Estate displayed, bedroom two sits opposite the living areas and has been designed with the perfect furniture for a small child.

“Simple wallpaper adds a bit of colour and pattern that you can then coordinate with bedlinen and artwork,” says Gail. “Don’t forget to keep colours restful in a kid’s room. Above all else, you want to encourage sleep.”

To tour these stunning displays, visit the Balmoral 384 and Onyx 242 display homes at Meridian Estate, Clyde North.


Selecting a home design suitable for your growing family’s future no longer requires a crystal ball. Dennis Family Homes’ suite of family-friendly designs makes the decision a breeze. Each home includes enough space for families of all sizes to grow and thrive, high-quality finishes, and an open floorplan. The Balmoral 384 and Onyx 242 designs are perfect for families with children of any age, as each home features a large entertaining space, additional living space, and an allocated children’s bedroom area.

Since 1982, Dennis Family Homes has built over 30,000 homes for Victorian families. Our 100% Australian-owned and operated home-building business is backed by Dennis Family Group Entities and our diversified assets in land development and other commercial and retail ventures.

For more information, contact Dennis Family Homes online or call 1800 336 647.

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