Zac is a little boy three years of age who recently had his room totally redecorated at the same time as his family’s house in London. His mother, who is an interior designer at Canham & Hart reveals her inspirations and a few useful tips and advice for designing a kid’s room.
WHAT WAS YOUR INITIAL IDEA BEFORE THE DESIGN PROCESS BEGAN?
I wanted to design a space that was playful, stylish and contemporary and of course a fun place for Zac to play with his friends.
WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE DECORATING THIS ROOM?
Zac’s bedroom was very dark, especially being located at the back of the house, so we stripped the walls and painted them Farrow and Ball All White and laid pine floorboards which we also painted white. Straight away this made a massive difference, transforming the room from a dark and dingy space to a lovely light and airy bedroom. I chose Ferm Living Harlequin wallpaper because of it’s striking pattern and because it would make a great feature wall. I also thought the patten was timeless and not too babyish so it should stand the test of time.
WHAT WERE YOUR MUST-HAVES FOR THE ROOM?
Zac has a lot of colourful toys which I wanted to incorporate into the scheme – the pops of colour add to the playful nature of the room.
WHAT IS THE MOST PRACTICAL ELEMENT IN THE ROOM?
Zac loves reading so the bookshelf is a great way of displaying his books as well as allowing him to access them easily.
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR PARENTS CREATING AND DESIGNING A ROOM FOR THEIR CHILD?
My advice to anyone designing a children’s (bed)room is to buy inexpensive furniture as things get knocked & damaged easily. I would also avoid using carpet so you don’t need to worry about spillages etc . A feature wall is a good way of making a room standout, plus it’s much cheaper to wallpaper one wall instead of the entire room and there is a great selection of wallpapers available on the market today. Children want to be able to access their toys and books easily so it’s important to choose furniture that is functional. Dressing a room with different textiles such as cushions and blankets is another inexpensive way of giving character and warmth to a room.
Cabinet : Ikea I Extendable bed : Ikea I Wardrobe : Family Heirloom I Toy storage bag : Tellkiddo I Rug : Habitat I Pendant origami light: Snowpuppe I Harlequin wallpaper : Fermliving I Shutters : The Traditional Shutter Company I Turquoise chair : Tolix I Toadstool silver lamp : Heico I Paint : Farrow and Ball
Architectural design, planning and site supervision : Vorbild Architects
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