Unleash your inner child
In his latest column for property library myLJHooker, interior designer Darren Palmer focuses on the kids’ room.
Kids’ rooms need to be suitable to your kids. You need to match them to the age, temperament and likes of your particular clan. They also need to be consistent, or at least sympathetic in style, to the rest of your home.
Firstly, look at your home and the over-arching design style you’ve carried through in your furnishings and interior elements. If you have a particular style - say a beach house - you need to look at the design language of that style and carry it through into the kids’ rooms. But there’s more to it.
From the other direction, you need to understand what makes your kids tick: what are their favourite colours and activities; what are their favourite characters or books; what will excite their minds and make them feel good in their own space.
Kids’ rooms are an opportunity for us fully grown humans to express our inner child for the benefit of our little ones. What a pleasure it is to look at the world temporarily through the wonder of a child, allowing you to see new and creative solutions to things.
Have fun with the creative idea behind this room. It’s really the only space in a house where you can think really laterally without it coming off as whacky or inappropriate.
Colours in kids rooms don’t need to be bright and childish. Just use base colours that will appeal to your children. Duck egg blue rather than cobalt, dusty rose rather than bright lipstick pink, soft pastel mint instead of granny smith apple green. Just tone things down and pair them with some more refined or sophisticated colours and finishes that you may have even used in the rest of your home – such as linen, or calico or velvet for example – and you’ll nicely knit together the dual functions of the room that’s as much part of your house as your kids.
Article provided by myLJHooker. For the full article and more tips, head to myLJHooker.com.au