May 2017: Inside Out
Grey has been a hugely popular for interiors in recent years, and although it may not be the most obvious choice for a children’s bedroom it really can work.
Grey has been a hugely popular for interiors in recent years, and although it may not be the most obvious choice for a children’s bedroom it really can work. It might seem counter-intuitive, but the result is anything but drab or depressing, as children’s colourful toys and furniture really pop out against darker hues, but often we shy away from anything more interesting than off-white.
Darker coloured walls are ideal for creating cosseting, cosy spaces and in combination with blackout-lined curtains aid daytime napping.
Using pattern only sparingly, this room aims not to be too bedazzling or over-stimulating, and pointedly avoids any cartoon characters on the furnishings. Decorating is so disruptive, that no one wants to be making inconvenient or expensive changes every time a growing child acquires a new passion. Parents are also allowed to enjoy the surroundings too, so there is no harm in choosing paints and papers that can be pleasurable for everyone to look at, and will grow with the child to some extent. Choosing a gender neutral colour scheme is also a good idea, as you never know, there might be a new sibling to share the same space later on.
Although a futon bed means the room is missing out on an obvious storage opportunity, it suits the inhabitant of this space who has difficulty climbing and is prone to falling out of bed.
Wardrobe units can often be imposing so here they have been painted the same colour as the walls, and even look at first glance as though they have been built into the alcove, keeping the ‘visual noise’ down.
This room is home to a few upcycled items including a chest of drawers given new handles and a vibrant lick of paint using leftovers from previous furniture projects; home-made upcycled headboards (using a duvet and leftover curtain fabric) to soften the bed corner; and a hand painted artwork in a giant old picture frame covered in fabric scraps, all to give it a unique touch.