We are back in House G today looking at the bedroom design concept for Sofi’s bedroom. For this bedroom – which is doubling as the playroom – there were initially big ideas including bunk beds, climbing walls and all sorts of design dreams that come when you’ve got a nice big empty box to play with.
However the reality of the budget dialled that all right back and as such I hit a design blank, and I couldn’t see past what I had already envisioned for the room. Sometimes doing my own interior concepts is 100 times more difficult than creating them for my clients!
Luckily I have Claire, one of our freelancer designers, on speed dial. Claire wasted no time. She asked what the basic requirements were for this independent and strong-willed 5 year old. I knew that give the large space, a feature wallpaper for this little nature lover was a must, while elements of pink would have to be included – because let’s be honest, what five-year old girl doesn’t require a little pink in her daily life?
The space planning also need to take into account that the bedroom doubled as the playroom, for both of the girls.
Claire loved the idea of a colour palette of greens and soft pinks and found so many beautiful wallpaper options to choose from. We’ve seen this forest wallpaper used before and love the canopy effect it creates in a room. The fact that the repeat doesn’t need to go all the way to the ceiling makes it a great choice in spaces with sloping ceilings and also rooms with really high ceilings (like Sofi’s room).
This cacti wallpaper also caught our eye for the modern feeling it evokes in a space. Somehow the cacti also make the room feel spacious and open. Lots of fun, but I was worried it was too “trendy” and would feel dated too soon.
Claire really nailed the concept when she discovered this abstract and subtle pattern, great for preventing the space from dating too quickly. While this particular pattern holds a lot more of the green colour and more detail in the design, we felt that this particular style lent itself well to a growing child. In this way the room and furniture pieces can easily mature within the space in the years to come. We also liked how it didn’t hold us to a particular “theme” in the room. We could work with the green in any way we felt right – both now and later.
Let’s all take a minute to stop and admire this gorgeous piece of wicker furniture. The circular shape, the size and proportion of the piece, the general cool factor it brings to the space. A true hero piece that we are wishing we could get hold of.
For the initial concept we included a double bunk bed, large built-in cupboard and a climbing wall corner. In the centre of the room, we suggested placing a large round rug and suspending rattan chairs or swings above it. This fun finish brings in that extra playful element and prevents the middle of the large room from turning into dead space.
Thanks to the proportions of the room, we also had the opportunity to place a play table and stools under the window, as well as, a play kitchen zone on the opposite wall. Can you say hello playroom?!
Luna Bunk Bed from Cielo | Zoo Wall Trophy from Kids Living | Bamboo Round Wall Shelf from Superbalist | Tropical Leaves Bedding from La Perle | Linen Blend Scatter Cushion Cover from Superbalist | Velvet Circle Scatter in Emerald from CLM | Wall Prints from Simply Child | Hanging Pod Chair from Esque | Spin Me Round Rug in Moon from Haus | Play Table and Chairs from Hello Dove Tail | Wooden Dollhouse from Kids Living