GHID has been asked on multiple occasions to design and decorate our clients’ children’s’ bedrooms – and quite often we’re asked to design them in such a way that the client won’t easily tire of the youthful decor and that the space would provide “room to grow” as their child does the same.
I can’t tell you what a delight it has been to be apart of our mini-client’s spaces. As a designer, it’s incredibly refreshing to tap into your inner kid-self and creatively work your way through the room via a child’s eye.
Today we’re showcasing a nursery we’re in the process of completing. Just as I stated above, it was also very important for these clients as well, that the room provide longevity without losing its playful nature. Like any GHID project, functionality was key to this design, especially since it was a child’s bedroom. So as we began planning, durability and products that offered just that, were on the forefront of our minds.
Walls are more often than not the first tell-tale sign that a child lives in a home. They easily scuff, seem to be a magnet for little hand-prints and can often times be mistaken for a large canvas or coloring book (ooops!) – so in this case, we wanted to incorporate a durable, vinyl wall-covering by Wolf-Gordon that would help eliminate these future “uh-ohhh” moments.
Being that the home was built in the early 20th century, we decided to incorporate a chair-rail into the space to add a little character to the room. This not only provided a beautiful architectural detail, but also allowed us to double up on our wall-covering products. We opted for the vinyl on the lower half, as it’s a surface that can easily be cleaned, and on the upper portion we decided on a playful pattern.
During one of our textile showcases this past winter, Schumacher presented a medium scaled, bird print wallpaper appropriately entitled Twitter (how very fitting, and oh so Portland). We knew this was the perfect opportunity to use this print, and to our delight, the clients loved it!
These two elements drove the project as we worked around them to complete the space – incorporating both an area rug and window coverings in blues and oranges to complement them. Darker furniture was added to provide a more masculine feel as the room was designed with a boy in mind. Blues, greens, white and oranges play a large part in the coloration of the space, color tones that little Liam will enjoy for years to come.
A few tips when designing a child’s bedroom with room to grow…
-We believe Elle Decor put it best when they recommended you think playful – not childish.
-Incorporate your child’s artwork into their space – take their artwork to a local frame shop, and place them in your child’s bedroom. Down the road, if your child tires of the artwork, you’ll have the pieces framed and ready to display in another area of your home.
-Mix playful elements with sophisticated accents.
-Think outside the box.
-When selecting window treatment fabrics, think neutrals.
A few of our favorites from Elle’s Kids’ Decor with Room to Grow:
1. Wonder Wool Rug by Avalisa, $310 for 42” x 66”, $600 for 60” x 90”, $1,360 for 93” x 126”; 2Modern.com 2. Flower Headboard, Twin, $1,125; StrayDogDesigns.com 3. Twinkle Living Gator Rug, $180; DesignPublic.com 4. Zid Zid Kids Petit Poof Turquoise, $78; DesignPublic.com 5. Begging Buddy Pet Lamp by Offi, $59; AllModern.com 6. Manhattan Blanket, 51” x 75”, $180; DesignersGuild.com
Kids’ bedrooms we love…with room to grow…
The bunk beds in this Manhattan townhouse come in the form of a puppet theater designed by one of the boys, with the help of decorators Carol Egan and Wayne Nathan; the Ant chairs are by Arne Jacobsen. – Elle Decor
In actress Julianne Moore and Bart Freundlich’s Manhattan loft, their son’s room has a sense of adventure, with walls covered in a world map by Hammacher Schlemmer; the cabinet and bench are by George Nelson. – Elle Decor
Miles Redd – Elle Decor
Loving the sophisticated color palette! Designer David Netto — well known for his baby furniture line — outfitted the children’s bedroom in a New York apartment with a vintage bench from Aero. It seems to smile beneath a pair of photographs by Jeffrey Milstein of two jets headed for the sky.