Friday, 7 November 2014

PLAYFUL KIDS ROOMS








When it comes to creating kids spaces, I've always been a big fan of using grown-up furniture. I think it makes them feel like proper rooms, and more in tune with what's going on in the rest of the house. But playful elements are important too, especially if you want to encourage your children to gravitate towards these spaces, and see them more than just a place to sleep.

Earlier this year I got to create a series of kids bedrooms for House & Garden magazine. Straight away I wanted to test out some ideas I have for my own place. (At present everyone is camping in various rooms as we shuffle from one space to another during a slow-but-steady renovation project.) And I wanted to show that girls' rooms don't have to be pink and boys' rooms don't have to be blue.

Here are some key items I think every (kids) room should have:
X A bed that sets the tone. Vintage, modern, rustic. Pick a theme then give it a twist. Also, I prefer bed frames over ensembles. They add shape to what can be a boxy, bulky item, and provide a gravitational point to a room.
X Lighting is always the second element that I source. Bigger is usually better. Think pendants as bedside lights, and oversized floor lamps.
X Rugs complete a room. They add often-needed texture and, on occasion, colour. At almost every house I style, I take along one or two.
X Playful elements are key for kids rooms. Think about a teepee where they can read or play. Cubby houses of any form are always popular in our home. A hanging chair is another place for reading or daydreaming. And kids never seem to tire of rocking or revolving chairs.

images courtesy of house & garden magazine; photography scott hawkins; styling natalie walton

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