Four bunk beds line a wall of the kids’ room in this stone house in Luberon. The paired back design of the house is made playful here with polka-dot walls (and matching bed linen), colourful soft toys and a tiger rug.
This bedroom is full of texture, with an exposed brick wall setting off the earthy palette. One of a pair of lights by Swedish designer Poul Henningsen hangs over the bed in this spare room, which is also lit by a skylight. The bedspread is by Brigitte Singh, based on a Mughal design, and the cushions are made from an antique Japanese obi sash.
Before moving in, the owners asked the interior designer, architectural historian and natural paint expert Edward Bulmer for his help. ‘Edward has a marvellous eye,’ says the owner. ‘We worked with him at our previous home. He has a great feel for colour and he is fantastic at arranging furniture and pictures.’
Maria Speake of Retrouvius relaid the ‘slightly unimaginative’ oak flooring of this home to transform the basement into a cheerful playroom for the kids. The mix of mid-century influences with bright colour is proof that grown-up tastes can still be child friendly.
While it’s wonderful to go buck wild with the decoration of a child’s room, sometimes a subtle approach, like that taken in this charming nursery by Emma Burns of Colefax & Fowler, can save time and money – especially if the baby is likely to graduate to a bigger room later on.
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‘We loved the cool, pared-down style of a house belonging to a Swedish art collector, which we had seen in a magazine,’ says the owners of this west-London terrace home. Enter designer Hugh Leslie. The top floor of this west-London is devoted to children, with the son’s room in off-white and the daughter’s in soft green, plus a bathroom on the half-landing. Hugh’s talent for joinery is evident here as well: tongue-and-groove recesses frame the children’s beds, with capacious cupboard space on either side.
If you’re lucky enough to have an original fireplace in the room, make a feature (and storage solution) out of it by filling it with soft toys. We love how they look like they’ve tumbled down the chimney. Of course the feature wood wallpaper, pretty wall print and quirky accessories on the mantlepiece up the style factor too.
Feeling studious? A simple desk and an upholstered chair from Robert Kime creates a study area in the corner of this bedroom. The bedroom is elegant in its simplicity. The curtains are unlined with aquamarine silk from Claremont, with an inner curtain of linen. ‘When the sun shines, I draw the curtains, which throws a luminous light everywhere,’ says the owner. The walls are covered with tadelakt – a decorative lime-based plaster originally from Morocco.
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The sludgy tones work for Gytha, who with her property-developer husband Jean Michel Bouchon discovered the apartment while renting the flat next door. Where possible, Gytha has avoided using paint. ‘I don’t really like it’ she says. ‘It gives no depth.’ Instead a linen-effect wallpaper by Flamant has been used in the main bedroom, acting as a moody backdrop to a gallery wall of pictures and the red upholstered headboard. ‘It never scuffs, and at night – with low light – it’s just magical. I’m an anti-spotlight person.’
Girl’s bedrooms are certainly not relegated to frilly beds and all-over pink decors any longer. Today’s girls bedrooms are as varied as each girl’s personality with styles, colors and motifs in an endless range of possibilities. From baby girls nurseries to young girls bedrooms to preteen girls rooms to teen girls bedrooms, you’ll find a room design and ideas for every stage of a girl’s childhood. Additionally, the 100 girls rooms designs, tips and photos we feature here come from around the world, so you’re sure to find a design that has your little or big girl’s name written all over it!
Heidi Lightfoot and Steve Gibbons wanted a mid-century house and found this Thirties house in rural Hertfordshire. Built in 1936 by the renowned public sector architect Mary Medd, Sewell’s Orchard was apparently unpopular with the locals at the time, who likened its monopitch roof and pared-back design to that of a factory. This neutral spare room is brightened up with the addition of prints and a lively geometric blanket.
Thinking about how you want to set up dorm room design is something that occurs shortly after you realize you’ll be moving away to attend college. As what’s likely your first home away from home, designing your dorm room should be a fun and memorable experience. From choosing your bedding to creating a productive study space, your dorm room design should reflect your own personality. For boys’ and girls’ dorm inspiration, we have a wide range of ideas at PBteen to share with you.
Designer William Yeoward’s takeover of our June style pages, to celebrate the anniversary of his company, yielded a timeless scheme that celebrated his work past and present. In a room painted Farrow & Ball’s ‘Card Room Green’, an Eighteenth century screen from Hollyhock works in a similar manner to a mural. The bespoke tented cupboard was created by Clock House Furniture from William Yeoward at Designers Guild fabric. The chest of drawers and the bed are also of William’s design, with bedding from The Linen Works.
Before settling on any small bedroom ideas, it’s vital to get out the measuring tape beforehand and work out what size of bed you can comfortably accommodate, while leaving yourself enough floor space to walk around in. Magnolia colours, pale furnishings, mirrors and framed photographs of landscapes can help create the optical illusion that the room is bigger and more spacious. Look for multi-purpose pieces of furniture that hide away clutter in a neat and inventive manner—these can add a flavour of fun and sharp, cutting-edge design to a small room.
For a simple window treatment for a child?s room, opt for a patterned Roman blind, choosing a blackout lining if you need to cut the light. Always fit a safety device to secure blind cords out of the way of children.
A modern bedside table and monochromatic rug designed by Studio Ashby feature in the guest bedroom in a flat that has been transformed from a stark new-build to a characterful home. The pattern on the padded headboard is reflected in the artwork above the bed.