A child’s room isn’t just for sleeping in. Encourage creativity with a fun play area. Closed cupboards keep things tidy so the focus is on the important things: chalkboard drawings and artwork displayed on a handy shelf.
After 40 years at Colefax and Fowler, owner Wendy Nicholls is clear about what makes a good interior, and the decoration of her London home reflects the style she has honed both personally and professionally.
Love the photos, really gave me some ideas on decorating my next flat. The bedroom in the new property is quite small but the walls are painted in a cream colour – will be easy to pick the right elements to decorate it. Since I’m a tenant, I’ll have to find non-destructive ways of decorating the place. I will also have to think how I’ll remove and clean the place when my tenancy comes to an end, but this isn’t a problem since London is full of shops and I have plenty of things to choose from.
Wall: ‘Stiffkey Blue’, ‘Lulworth Blue’, ‘Red Earth’ and ‘Mouse’s Back’, £39.50 for 2.5L water-based modern emulsion. Ceiling: ‘Wimborne White’, £36 for 2.5L estate emulsion. Cupboard: ‘Wimborne White’, £20 for 750ml estate eggshell. Woodwork: ‘Wimborne White’, £20 for 750ml estate eggshell. Floor: ‘Pavillion Gray’, £22 for 750ml floor paint. All at Farrow & Ball.
Listen. I’m seventeen and frankly I don’t know anyone my age who’d actually like one of these rooms (no offense). They all just seem so busy and cluttered. I admit, the loft is totally awesome and having a bathroom in my room would be a dream come true, but next time, try designing something more simplier. That way the teen can decorate it with things THEY like. Sorry for the harsh criticism. ?
The spare room in this Georgian town house in Ludlow designed by Caroline Harrowby is papered in ‘Alderney’ from Colefax and Fowler. This adds interest to the space, which is light and airy – a fitting style for a small bedroom.
The Pink Room in Bradwell Lodge is fun, feminine and fancy. A bold Bernard Thorp fabric, ‘Brimble’, has been used on the walls and bed, and for the blind: this creates a lovely sense of continuity in the space.
Upstairs in the main bedroom of this farmhouse in the Chilterns hangs a collection of John Nash watercolours. ‘I love them, they represent my England; it makes me happy looking at them,’ says the owner. The magnificent Tabriz carpet is reputed to have come from the house of the poet and arts patron Edward James, West Dean in Sussex. The neutral walls allow pieces such as the bold Tabriz carpet and dark wood chest to take centre stage.
If we were to have a house in the Hamptons this is how we imagine it would be decorated, but let’s face it, the combination of wall cladding, print bedding and a picture wall of pretty illustrations would look good anywhere.
This modern children’s room has a self-contained, two-level unit within to make the large, open-plan space feel comfortable. This feeling is further enhanced with pops of colour and pattern. The blue tiger rugs are by Moustache from en.smallable.com.
Interior designer Ursula of Room to Bloom recommends creating a workspace with a fold-down desk, as it gives more floor space for play and sleepovers. To further enhance the illusion of space and make the most of the room’s limited light, Ursula opted for a white, Scandinavian-inspired colour scheme, which was in keeping with the rest of the house.
The pink and cream in this room is a little girl’s dream. But the sophisticated armoire and chandelier mean that it will suit her for years to come, and can be easily updated by changing the bedding and accessories.
Anne-Marie Midy inherited this house in the south of France and has since lovingly restored it to refresh the interiors without losing the charm of the space. Anne-Marie Midy and her husband own the Mexican furniture company Casamidy.
This is a beautiful girl’s room. The room has been done in child friendly and soft colours. Alphabet decals are put on the wall perhaps to satisfy the concept of play way learning. There is colour everywhere hold the interest of my little princess so that everything around her fascinates her.
Well i do like some of the characteristics of these rooms im 14 and for my birthday i want to redo my room well i looked this website up and i found that most of this stuff is really expensive so im just picking certain things i like outta each picture….myabe in the future try designing for smaller less expensive rooms
Hi! I’m only 11, but we are moving in like two weeks, and I really want to know what to put in my room. This has been a great inspiration for me, and I really like this site!! Could you post something that I could do with just really easy to get stuff that is probably lying around my house right now? I need to know what to pack!! I love DIYing, and keep up the awesome ideas!!
Pattern plays a starring role in the main bedroom of this Chelsea house, the work of decorator Paolo Moschino. This unusual leaf-trellis design is part of his range for Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam, and has been used for the curtains, bedhead, cushions and chairs and costs £99 a metre. The sisal wallcovering is ‘Sable NC07’ from Clarence House. The bench is 19th-century Italian, while the mahogany table is English, from the same period.