If you’re a fan of contemporary room designs with a Nordic feel and a neutral palette, this might just be the room tour of dreams for you. Today we’re heading to the sunshine vibes of Australia’s Gold Coast to soak up the gloriously tranquil bliss of four-year-old Luka’s ‘big boy’ room.
Luka lives with his older sister Mackenzie (6), baby brother Alby (22 months) and mummy and daddy in Queensland. The brains behind his first unshared space are Chloe, a 31-year-old multitasking mama who runs her own content creation business and part manages the family-owned locksmith business.
In her own words, Luka’s room is ‘simple, comfortable and practical for a busy, creative 4-year-old. It encompasses a mix of earthy tones plus his favourite colour, blue, and it cleverly fuses the wares of small independent businesses with those of affordable everyday brands.
It’s a total delight, and we can’t wait for you to see it. Let’s go…
We love this first welcome to Luka’s bedroom. The shot angle feels like we are getting a sneak preview of what is in store, and with mummy Chloe’s stylist credentials, we just know that we’re going to be in for a treat.
Here we get a glimpse of the gorgeous Springsteen gingham bed linen in camel from @linenhouse_kids and the Supernova velvet cushion in Sky. The soft pastel is a perfect match for the neutral palette.
Even at the tender age of 3, when this room design commenced, Luka knew his own mind and was very much involved in the design process. He was most specific about a blue wall and a dinosaur night light, so it will come as no surprise that this personalised beauty by @lovelottiexoxo is one of his favourite features of the room.
It’s all in the detail! Natural timber is abundant in Luka’s bedroom, contributing to a calming influence combined with the pale blue wall colour. These wonderful musical instruments by @lovenoteco fit the bill perfectly, though we suspect they might break the peace from time to time!
The obsession with wood continues with this beautiful vintage car. Chloe’s love of natural toys is clear to see, not just in Luka’s room but throughout all three children’s bedrooms.
There’s more vintage transportation inspo with this delightful, personalised propeller plane by @milosroom. It’s made from the smoothest hardwood and finished with food-grade linseed oil just in case curious minds get a little hungry!
There are subtle nods to the ownership of this room in every corner. We’re particularly fond of this personalised money box by @lovelottiexoxox. Its transparent panel means that Luka can literally watch his savings grow.
There’s been a concerted effort to style Luka’s room with timeless timber furniture and textiles that will grow with him. It’s an approach that will accommodate many different trends and will futureproof the space from becoming outmoded.
This stylish Niva chest of drawers from Fantastic Furniture lends a modern retro vibe, but its iconic curved corners are also very practical for enquiring little wanderers. A. simple rattan chair by @IKEA completes the Scandi vibe and gets a touch of added comfort from the tasselled star cushions. A custom made print in a timber frame by @littleleo.collective echoes the calming palette integral to this room design.
Could there be a more emblematic symbol of childhood? The innocence of Wellington Boots and all that their wayfaring nature represents. Thank goodness this pair seems ready for their maiden voyage and have left the Large Luna playmat by Rugabub as unblemished and sparkling as its signature diamond print.
A perfect snapshot of the signature peachy palette that permeates all the spaces in Chloe’s house. A rattan hat rack from @birdeeandbee serves as the ideal storage solution for Luka’s beloved collection of baseball caps, naturally in shades that complement the interior design. A sweet wooden camera hangs casually there, ready to virtually capture all that these four walls witness. And there’s more 60’s Scandi nostalgia in a personalised retro letter and name print from indy nursery art business, @tinyartclub_eclipsed.
Simplicity so often wins the day in kids’ interiors, and this sweet corner of the room is living proof. A potted plant adds a lovely element of nature to the space and is an alternative way of livening up a blank wall. There’s an accidental jungle vibe created by the foliage reaching towards the rattan lion mirror by @hunterandnomad. Sometimes a commonly used theme can be employed more covertly. And how adorable is that jungle getaway vehicle? A fabulous old-school trike by @banwoodbikes from @littledottie also got the rattan memo!
A top tip from Chloe is to keep an eye out for savvy preloved items that can add a host of personality to your room theme while serving the planet well by upcycling. This rattan suitcase is an excellent example of a vintage find on Gumtree. Not only does it suit the natural tones and textiles in the room, but it doubles up as a great storage device – something savvy parents are always on the lookout for.
Aside from Chloe’s notable design prowess, one of the things we love most about Luka’s room is the amount of natural light it enjoys. When a room has a sunny aspect like this, we’re always in favour of less dense window coverings. Sheer curtains and voiles maximise the light and create a bright and breezy ambience that no amount of styling can rival.
As is customary, we’re finishing this tour with a nod to mama’s must-haves. On the list was a king single sized bed from IKEA that will grow with Luka, a comfortable playmat, and a fun but comforting nightlight for bedtime.
Chloe advises other parents designing a room for their 4-year-old to involve them in the process and allow them to have a voice when it comes to colours and themes.
We leave Luka’s room feeling lighter, brighter and with a positive spring in our step. It’s a fun and youthful space but has all the hallmarks of a room that will stand the test of time. It’s characterful without the clutter, upbeat but not garish, and with a swift change of accessories, it could just as easily be a teen’s hideaway. That’s the art of skilful interior design.
Thank you @our.peachy.days!
Lukas bed: Ikea I Bedside table: Target I Bedlinen: @linenhouse kids I Rug: @rugabub I Chest of drawers: Fantastic Furniture I Flag bunting: @henlee I L is for Luka print: @tinyartclub_ I Rattan hat rack: @birdeeandbee I Dinosaur night light: @lovelottiexoxo I Abstract shape print: @littleleo.collective I Rattan chair: Ikea I Rattan suitcase: vintage find I Trike/bike: @banwoodbikes from @littledottie I Rattan lion mirror: @hunterandnomad I Money box: @lovelottiexoxox I Musical instruments: @lovenoteco I Star blue cushions: @linenhousekids
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