The attic of Kate Earl’s charming 1920s chalet in the French Alps is the children’s domain, and every bit as thought through and sophisticated as the rest of the house, yet fun. Up there is this tiny second bedroom, with one bed ingeniously built in under another, in an L-shape configuration under painted-pine ceilings.
A bespoke bed can add so much character to a room. This clever design begins as a cot but can become a small bed. Make it the star attraction with a feature mirror hung above it, bold bedding and a frame of twinkling fairy lights.
Multipurposing will help a tween get much more use out of her room. To create a tween-height gathering area, consider using a coffee table in the center of the bedroom. Once guests come over, the low stature of the coffee table makes it the perfect spot to pull up a pillow and snack while playing games or reading books.
An upholstered screen is a useful device when working with pattern as it can be moved to fill empty spaces (or hide areas such as a desk in a multi-purpose bedroom) and is relatively simple to recover when you tire of the design.
Eye-popping aqua makes a statement in this bedroom as a striking backdrop for crisp white trim and girl’s bedroom accessories. Pops of pink, inspired by the cherry blossom tree painted on the wall, contrast the room’s ultra-colorful walls. Through the white doors, a bright white room awaits with furniture placed to make it the perfect reading nook. Subtle girl’s room themes like this can grow with her into teen years and beyond.
Roses sit prettily on the bedside table of interior designer Louise Jones’ bedroom. The vertical lines of a bookcase – holding plenty of bedtime reading material – are echoed by the striped wallpaper.
The washi tape is back. Not sure you should decorate your entire room with washi tape, but the door and light switch ideas sure are cool. Match them up with complimentary patterns and tapes and you are good to go with unique room decor that you can change when you no longer want it or find it to be quite as awesome as when you put it up.
Curtains from Vaughan and vintage bedlinen introduce Colour іп a Sраге гoom of a newbuild country house. Mixing classical symmetry and vernacular charm, this newbuild country house is a triumph of teamwork, with architects and designers collaborating to create the owners perfect home.
Looking for furnishings for a kids’ room? Look no further than textiles designer Donna Wilson. Her bright colours, quirky creatures and handmade designs are not only kid-friendly, but stylish too. She’s designed this inspiring kids’ room for Wool House, part of the Campaign for Wool initative.
Planes, trains and automobiles: the duvet covers, wall stickers and underbed boxes all draw on this theme. Good storage ensures the room is kept tidy but a simple chalk/pin board allows for a little creativity and a place to display treasured possessions.
Or, opt for a hollywood-style frame that supports the bottom of the bed and extends no further than the perimeter of the mattress. You can decorate the space above the bed with art, or add a headboard later.
Classic-boat enthusiast and creative talent Katie Fontana’s love of craftsmanship and aesthetic simplicity resulted in the bespoke kitchen design company Plain English as well a houseboat and boathouse. The cushions in the guest house are from The Bell Jar in Norwich.
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The artist owners of this London house called on interior designer Beata Heuman to create a family home full of fun, distinctive design and punchy colours. A highly original space, unapologetically theatrical and oozing energy. ‘The owners are both artists. They have quite wild tastes and they love strong colours,’ says Beata. This bedroom, decorated in different shades of blue, is given a lift by a mustard throw on the bed.
For those who live in small spaces or are short on storage, this chic little wall-hanging from Ikea will keep all your bedside paraphernalia perfectly in place. Or, if you’re feeling particularly crafty you could make your own.
If you choose to decorate your bedroom with one hue, be sure to vary the shades to create a calming vibe. Don’t be afraid to mix patterns (florals and stripes live well together) to add visual interest.
An organized and clutter-free bedroom doesn’t have to consist of clear storage containers and rows of school-style cubbies. A tall and simple bookshelf consisting of both drawers and shelves can showcase her favorite toys and collectibles, while keeping small trinkets safely stored. Design by Susie Fougerousse
Coloured lights are always a cute addition to a kids’ room. This display of ball lights strung around a set of white painted ladders is the perfect way to illuminate a corner and create a stylish feature at the same time.
ACCESSORIES Fifties abaca-rope table lamp, by Audoux-Minet, £3,200, from Rose Uniacke. Linen bedlinen, ‘Selena’: king-size flat sheet (ciment), £204; pillowcases (ciment), £51 each; and king-size duvet cover (cèdre), £315; all fromCaravane. Embroidered linen cushion covers, from left: ‘Neptune’ and ‘David’, £85 each; stitched cotton quilt, ‘Eeji Beeji’ (white/indigo), £450; stoneware mug, ‘Everyday’ (black), by Emma Lacey, £27; aluminium and fabric wireless speaker, ‘Copenhagen’, by Vifa, £549; all from The Conran Shop.
Keep yourself on track each day with a cool alarm or wall clock in your room. Match the colors of your clock to the colors in your bedding to instantly tie the entire room together. Or, pick a silver, white, black or gold clock to give your room a jeweled appearance. Set out a mini-fridge near your study zone, and you’ve instantly created a cozy learning corner that will encourage you to keep studying.