Once an afterthought, children’s rooms are now considered part of the overall scheme in the house. Something of an industry has grown up around kid’s room ideas, and especially bedroom furniture, in order to meet the style demands of design-savvy young moms and dads. And I love to see what designers think up for little people. I favor rooms based on ideas rather than themes since I feel they are easier to update and modify as time moves on.
A Cozy Nook [top]
Barney purple and built-ins took an awkward second-story landing (note a bannister on the right) and transformed it into a snuggly window seat and reading area that helps relieve some of the usual bedroom clutter. The animal-print cushion also can double as an extra sleeping space when cousins come to visit. And as time goes on all that needs to change is the wall color and the collectibles.
If someone has a name for the color in this nursery, please opine! I wavered from sea green, to aqua – it’s certainly not mint. Happy, crisp and workable for either a boy or a girl, the sea green is a terrific choice that can withstand a long evolution. What’s genius, however, is the very grown up Venetian plaster wall treatment that sets off a beautifully refinished old wide-plank pine floor.
It takes a minute to see that this very small space will actually sleep four — like an old-fashioned railway Pullman car. It’s a great solution for a guest room at Camp Grandma though geared for older kids who can navigate the flexible ship’s ladders, especially in the middle of the night.
Dots? Colored bubbles? Escaped balloons? Fun wallpaper adds even more atmosphere than a mural and can help keep the need for wall art to a minimum.
These bunk beds fit perfectly into their corner but are not built in. So, in theory, when the occupant of the top berth grows too tall to scramble up there easily, they are a cinch to move. Meanwhile, what could be sweeter than the white-painted bed, ladder and shabby sheets?
(Source: Smith & Vansant Architects, Melanie Turner Interiors, NY Magazine, Lonnymag)
For more kid’s room with built in beds see Built-in Bunk Beds and Buddy Bunks.
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