Think­ing be­yond the pa­ram­e­ters of pink, Toronto designer Tara Fin­gold par­lays plenty of pat­tern and grown-up colour into a lit­tle girl’s stun­ning bed­room.


A lit­tle girl’s stun­ning bed­room goes be­yond the pa­ram­e­ters of pink with plenty of pat­tern and grown- up colour

stray­ing from tra­di­tion is some­thing any designer savours. So when Tara Fin­gold’s clients bought this house and en­trusted her with dec­o­rat­ing their young daugh­ter’s bed­room, she as­sessed the space with gusto. “I wanted some­thing re­ally fun and play­ful, and my clients were open to skip­ping run-of-the-mill pink.”

With a brief that up­ended colour ex­pec­ta­tions for a girl’s room, Tara de­vised a fierce palette. “A pat­terned pome­gran­ate fab­ric I chose for the drap­ery be­came the start­ing point,” she says. It fu­elled ev­ery­thing from the teal walls and egg­plant-hued sofa to the pretty fab­ric on the cus­tom bed frame. “Lots of colours in both vivid and pale tones, and plenty of mixed-scale prints cre­ate en­ergy here,” says Tara. “Mix­ing and match­ing is al­ways bet­ter than just plain match­ing.”

It’s an ethos ev­i­dent in the room’s fur­ni­ture choices as well. Tara mixed in ex­ist­ing items like the sofa and ot­toman, which she usurped from the liv­ing room. “I had them re­uphol­stered, which was more cost-friendly than buy­ing new fur­ni­ture.” These pieces also un­der­score Tara’s be­lief that kids’ spa­ces don’t have to be kid-cen­tric. “You don’t need to fur­nish a lit­tle one’s room with baby-spe­cific de­signs,” she says. “In fact, I think chil­dren pre­fer proper fur­ni­ture.”

In this case, that’s def­i­nitely true. Be­cause the clients were liv­ing else­where dur­ing the project, the room re­design be­came an un­in­ten­tional sur­prise. “When we fi­nally re­vealed it, the daugh­ter was ec­static. There may be grown-up el­e­ments here, but this is def­i­nitely a lit­tle girl’s room.” With not a pink wall in sight.

“Mix­ing and match­ing is al­ways bet­ter than just plain match­ing.”

PRE­VI­OUS PAGE Designer Tara Fin­gold cus­tom-de­signed the bed to feel both dra­matic and girly. “The fab­ric is kind of dainty, so it ap­peals to a lit­tle girl, while the over­sized scale of the head­board fends off a cutesy look.” The per­fo­rated ce­ramic ta­ble lamps riff on the ma­te­rial’s tiny geo­met­ric pat­tern. “This cor­ner of the room is per­fect for hang­ing out with friends or read­ing,” says Tara. The dra­matic fab­ric on the sofa in­cor­po­rates some solid colour among the in­ter­est­ing pat­terns at play. The designer’s at­ten­tion to de­tail is on dis­play in the bol­ster cush­ion, up­hol­stered to match the drap­ery, and the ot­toman’s legs, which are the same shade as the walls.

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