Time to share this Scandinavian inspired kids’ room I designed for a girl called Florence. Florence’s parents wanted a fresh, light feel for their daughter’s bedroom, which hadn’t changed much since she was a baby. We went for a complete make-over: the carpet was replaced with a wooden floor and the colour palette was reduced to off-white and a mix of mint greens and blues. To complement the floor, natural wood tones and a wool rug add warmth to this cool colour scheme.
A reading chair was also high on the list, and not being able to find quite the right bookshelf, I designed this plywood house shaped shelf myself. As Florence was starting school in September, we added a small desk. The animal map of the world seemed just the ticket or a girl who loves animals.
To make the most of the available space, we chose a rustic white bed with storage drawers underneath and a cute little step to get in. A wall shelf above the bed acts as a bedside table for books, a reading lamp and knick-knacks. Don’t you love the little trinket drawers? Perfect to keep treasures nearby.
Dutch bedding designers Snurk have added a fab woodland themed duvet set to their children’s bedding range, featuring a squirrel and a bunny rabbit. Two furry friends to keep your child company at night. Love it!
(image: snurk bedding)
Can’t get used to the dark evenings still? Brighten up a dark corner with some accent lighting – I’ve rounded up some my current favourite lamps and nightlights for Mr Fox this month. Find sources and tips over here at Mr Fox magazine.
(image: room to bloom)
I was asked by Living Etc to comment on the trend of house-shaped furniture in kids’ rooms for their January feature on children’s room design. The article highlights current trends in children’s interiors and offers plenty of decoration tips by a host of kids’ design experts. You can read some of it on my press page here.
I’m starting the new year with photos of a soft grey bedroom I designed for a girl called Charlotte. Charlotte didn’t particularly want a new room, thank you very much. But with a new baby brother on the way, it was time to move to a larger room and leave her cosy nursery to him. With a reluctant little girl, I had my work cut out.
To entice Charlotte, we opted for a cosy cupboard bed with doors. This would also scale the space down a little, to help her transition to a larger room. As soon as the bed arrived, Charlotte fell in love and that was that.
Both Charlotte and her mum love pink, but we decided to keep it in check with a soft grey background. A feature wall with tree wallpaper creates a cosy corner and sets the tone for decorative accents.
For those of you who’ve missed it: Molly Meg has opened its doors in London! Having been one of the first children’s online shops in the UK offering cool kids’ decor brands from all over the world, you can now go and see all that colour live in Islington – a great design shopping destination in its own right.
All the hip brands are there, from my favourites Numero 74 and Nobodinoz, to Lucky Boy Sunday and Blabla Kids. If you’re still looking for a Christmas present for a little one in your life, don’t miss it.
(images: room to bloom)
(image: fabelab, room to bloom)
Arsène’s bedroom was designed by his parents, who are architects and interior designers at L’ Atelier d’ Archi and Plugin Studio. Together they take on projects for private as well as commercial clients, offering a full design and project management service – you can take a peek at some of their amazing work here. I really love the colour choices in Arsène’s bedroom: a subtle layering of grey and greens that forms an easy, calm background to offset more colourful possessions. The built-in house bed creates a cosy and protected nook in the room.
Isabelle’s advice for designing kids’ rooms is to use subtle tones rather than lively colours, whether it’s a boy’s or a girl’s room. Dark colours such as green and black work well as a base, then colour can be added through decorative objects and toys.
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Time to talk to Arsène now! Tell us Arsène…
♥ What is your favourite food? My mum’s hamburgers.
♥ What are you into right now? I love playing with my legos, inventing stories and building things – like my parents they are architects!
♥ Your favourite book? My Star Wars comics.
♥ What is your favourite colour? Green and dark blue.
♥ Your favourite animal? My cat, Milk. And hedgehogs.
♥ What would you like to be when you grow up? Sometimes a dancer, sometimes a forest guard.
♥ What do you like best in your room? I love my bed.
♥ Which is your favourite duvet cover? They are all the same colour green and grey.
♥ Your favourite pyjamas? I sleep in my boxers – like dad!
Thank you Arsène, it was great to meet you!
I am super excited that Room to Bloom is featured in House & Garden’s December issue in an article about The List, House & Garden‘s new online interior design directory! The beautiful photo of Georgie’s room taken by Brett Charles was also picked to feature on the kids’ room section of HOUSE, House & Garden’s website.
Update: You can now read the feature on my Press page here.
I’ve always loved the colour green for kids’ rooms: it’s gender neutral and I find it restful, which is perfect for a bedroom. Depending on the shade of green – yellow or blue based, with white or black to produce pastels or dustier colours – you can create an invigorating or more calming atmosphere, playful or more serious. Here are some of my favourite children’s rooms using green:
More two-tone gorgeousness in this gender neutral nursery. The soft green colour on the wall is used again on the painted changing unit, creating a simple, calm Scandinavian feel with the pure plywood bed and sleek floor.
I just love the eclectic stye of this shared kids’ bedroom. It features mint harlequin wallpaper on all walls which is emphasised by a stronger green bed. Yellow, orange and red brown accents add cosy warmth to the scheme.
The examples above and below illustrate how well green works as an accent in kids’ rooms with white walls, adding a splash of colour which doesn’t take over. As an accent wall, dark green almost becomes a neutral, offsetting other colours beautifully like grey can do.
images: bettina holst, vt wonen, georgia’s room, l’ atelier d’ archi, paul et paula, buisjes en beugels, vt wonen, bobo kids, the boo and the boy, flexa creations, sian zeng, oh my deer, instagram, dana van leeuwen