Those that know me well, understand that these are my favourite rooms to design. I love fabrics, textures, and different colors. I love things that don't match. I often have to bring myself back to my client's world and remember that people love matching. I am not sure why they are obsessed with everything matching, and why they have panic attacks if there are different shades of blue, but people do. I love these rooms as they are interesting, vibrant, entertaining and guess what, nothing matches but it all comes together and looks fantastic. What works particularly well is there is no theme, everything goes, so when you do receive a gift for your little one, you don't have to hide it in the cupboard because it's not the perfect shade of blue. Also with mess, you don't notice it as much, the kids can have their toys on the ground and they just manage to blend in. Perfect if you ask me. But i do understand that this may be jumping in the deep end too quickly for some, and i can appreciate mum's that love the modern & minimal look, so i know these rooms are not for everyone.. but for those that want to be brave, go ahead, be daring, try things that don't match, and if it all becomes too overwhelming.. just take a deep breath.. look down at your shoes and smile.. some things will always be matching.
Once upon a time I wondered why people chose pink when there were so many other colors to chose from? Now i find everything in my own bedroom is pink and i am a converted pretty in pink club member. From fairy floss to marshmallows, pink instantly makes me feel giggly and girly. Whilst i prefer pale pink to hot pink, i think hot pink is a great energising color for teenagers whilst soft pink is calming and soothing for babies and littlies. Either way, i hope that you jump on the pink band wagon with me, and for those that never got off, move over.. I am back!!
(Images: ohdeedoh.com & petitvanou.tumblr.com)
Purple & lilac are my predictions for the next "in" color for kids rooms and nurseries. Lilac is a romantic, sweet, and delicate color, whereas purple is rich, lavish and mysterious. If you like pink but seeking something different, purple is wonderful alternative. Purple was popular in the 70's so there are lots of great retro fabrics available featuring purple which would make great cushions, and quilt covers. There are many shades of purple often forgotten about, lavender, plum, magenta, violet and wine to name a few.
I love Grey. I mean really love grey. It's a nuteral, balanced color that is perfect for nurseries, kids and teenage rooms. If you have a baby girl, grey, yellow and pink tones work wonderfully together, yet with a boy, grey works with white, mustards, olives green and red.
Grey is not harsh like black but still has a masculine quality, and mixed with pastels, it can be ultra feminine. Whilst some may think of grey as dull and dreary, i Iove that it's a classic color that won't date and that it can be dressed down or dressed up, and what i love most of all, it was my grandfather's name.
Okay, so maybe wine is the first word that comes to mind when we hear the word "Red", but i also think of fire engines, toffee apples, and roses and now i can add Children's Rooms to my list. Red is an intense, passionate color, that has been known to raise the heart rate and to increase stimulation. For those reasons, i tend to only use red an an accent color. I believe children's rooms should be colorful and playful yet not over stimulating.....AS WE ALL WANT OUR CHILDREN TO SLEEP. Adding red funiture, cushions, posters, toys etc all add an exciting energy and enthusiasm to a child's bedroom. In China, red is associated with good luck, in Singapore it brings joy and in Jacinda's world, it inspires love. Maybe red can inspire all these things in your little one's room, or at the very least remind you that a red wine is not far away.
The next couple of weeks, i am going to be featuring COLORS. Colors play such an important part in decorating and as i mentioned in Checkmate blog, we are finally being more adventerous when it comes to color in children's rooms. I am not a huge fan of green, but second to blue, it's been voted the most popular color. I personally, love the Christmas green used in the first image. Using green has become more popular in nurseries as it is such a fantastic unisex color. We are surrounded by nature which features lots of green, so our eyes easily adjust and we feel very relaxed and familar with different shades of the color. Studies show that green relaxes us physically and mentally, it helps to alleviate nervousness and anxiety and is peaceful and tranquil - all the things we would like for our children's room. But of course, it is also a bright and happy color - I don't know what kermit was referring to, when he said it's not easy being green. Green looks pretty good to me.
10 years ago black & white children's room would never be seen in the same sentance. It was considered "out there" to use any colors other than pink & blue. Today we are looking for new stylish and contemporary decorating ideas that reflect our own tastes and that also complement the other rooms in our homes. These images prove that using grown up colors such as black and white and additional accent colors, can really give a modern, sleek feel to a child or teenagers room. I know it's not everyone's cup of tea but if you looking for something different and wanting the "wow" factor, then black and white could be the colors for you. Checkmate!
Growing up I had posters of Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Alison Brahe (Dolly Model), and Dannii Minougue amongst many others on my walls. I wanted to dance like Madonna, sing like Cyndi and look like Alison, not to mention play tennis like Steffi, dress like Kylie and have hair like the girls in Beverly Hills 90210. There is nothing wrong with wanting to be the best you can be, but sometimes you have to remember not to try and be like others and to just be you. This is a great print to put in your girls room, whether she is 3 or 18, you are never to young or old to be reminded to "just be you".. afterall there is no-one better.