I fully admit that I struggle with kid’s bedrooms. I don’t use bright colours in my designs, or much pattern, and I definitely don’t love clutter – all the things that children’s bedrooms usually contain! So my daughter, Eva’s bedroom was a tricky one for me.
We are not lucky enough to have the space for a play room, so this bedroom had to be able to accommodate ALL of her clothes, toys and books, as well as the usual 6-year-old-girl paraphernalia, you know… jewels, rocks, handbags, crafts etc. etc. etc. But at the same time, I wanted it to be a calm and relaxing space for evening stories and bedtime routines, as well as have an additional bed for her to have sleepovers. I was asking a lot of this 3x3m space!
I decided on this gorgeous Cole & Son Woods and Stars wallpaper (not without consulting with my tiny 3ft 1’ client first of course) to set the whimsical scene. The wallpaper forms a perfect backdrop for my pale palette with accents of black, grey and gold, which I think will last well as she gets older.
The bones of the room came as part of the design I decided on for the of rest of the house, the pale wood herringbone flooring is used throughout, and the recessed LED casts a beautiful light down the wallpaper at night. We all love the light from the large floor to ceiling windows on this floor, the view of the trees is so calming, and we have regular squirrel visitors who run along the brick wall you can see here every day.
To soften things up, I added plain white washed linen bedding, flax linen curtains and a soft rug, but the absolute star of the show is the group of three Eos feather pendants from Umage (formerly Vita Copenhagen) which I got our electrician to hang at different cable lengths – they add so much texture and atmosphere.
The hand-made wooden horse adds a special, vintage touch, we are the current guardians of it as it’s on loan to us from a family member.
THE most important thing is a kid’s room is storage. If you have a couple (of kids, not storage), you’ll know that they come with an insane amount of stuff, and twice a year, every year, at birthdays and Christmas even more stuff arrives.
Even with regular donations to charity shops, we still seem to have a huge amount, so I planned the wall of storage in this room very carefully, making sure there was a place for everything.
Behind the two doors on the left, is an Ikea Pax system with hanging space and drawers for clothes, an area for a huge toy basket and high shelves for the larger, less-used items. The door on the right hides more toys and boxes of games and crafts on floor to ceiling shelves. I had a joiner add the painted mdf doors and also construct the bookshelf, which I designed to be the correct size to hold every single size of storybook Eva has in her huge collection.
The dragonflies were a bargain find in Tiger stores a couple of years ago, I got the joiner to drill through them so that they could be used as unusual door pulls to compliment the whimsical style.
My client has given me the thumbs up, but I’d love to know what your thoughts on this pale and whimsical style for a kid’s bedroom - please do leave a comment below.
The Eos pendants were gifted.
All photography by tashsouth.com