SMALL TALK

Chic, fun and func­tional chil­dren’s be­d­rooms

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Just chill­ing

To up­date this 11-year-old’s bed­room in keep­ing with her pref­er­ence for pink, aqua and grey, dec­o­ra­tor Michelle Mur­ray of In­te­ri­ors Etc. painted the walls pale grey and, to bring in more light, the win­dow frames and door of­fwhite. To al­low the room to grow with its oc­cu­pant, she chose a daybed that works as a sofa dur­ing the day and a bed at night. “I also es­chewed child­ish pat­terns and used more so­phis­ti­cated fab­rics from Stu­art Gra­ham for the cur­tains and scat­ter cush­ions,” she ex­plains. “We cus­tom-made the Hol­ly­wood-style mir­ror com­plete with lights and van­ity that were on her must-have list.”

Fit for a princess

Chil­dren’s rooms can also be chic as this one by Paarl dec­o­ra­tor Ni­co­lette Jonas of In­te­rior Con­cepts proves. To cre­ate the French look her client wanted for her nineyear-old, Ni­co­lette clad the walls with di­a­mond pat­terned wall­pa­per from Her­tex and had a rug made to match. The clas­sic four-poster bed, made by Ni­co­lette’s cab­i­net­maker, fea­tures soft pink linen from Loads of Liv­ing lay­ered with throws from @home. The ta­ble and chairs, also by Ni­co­lette’s team, are the set­ting for fun tea par­ties. Pro­vid­ing the fin­ish­ing touches are a crys­tal chan­de­lier and art prints in white frames.

Pretty in pink

In this clean-lined, un­clut­tered room for a now six-year-old girl, Pep­per White In­te­rior So­lu­tions paired a sleek white bunk bed from Clever Lit­tle Mon­key with a neon du­vet set in a trendy teardrop pat­tern. A polka­dot rug warms the f loor at play­time while com­fort­able seat­ing for read­ing is pro­vided by a cor­duroy pouffe. Adding fem­i­nin­ity are soft pink walls and a crys­tal chan­de­lier.

Three’s com­pany

As the three young broth­ers who share this room wanted it to fea­ture a fort, in­te­rior de­signer Danela Conti took ad­van­tage of an ex­ist­ing al­cove. “I came up with an ar­range­ment of sin­gle beds and a loft bed reached by a lad­der, which lends it­self to all sorts of ad­ven­tures,” she ex­plains. To keep the room tidy, she de­signed a stor­age unit with cub­by­holes that are car garages dur­ing play time and hold large bas­kets for toys. On the wall is a com­po­si­tion of lo­cally sourced tin cars on can­vas cre­ated in Danela’s stu­dio. The pen­dant is from High Thorn, and the striped scat­ters and the lamp shades from the Polo Col­lec­tion lim­ited edi­tion by Ralph Lau­ren. The bean­bag is from Ashanti.

Go­ing wild

As the oc­cu­pant of this room – a nineyear-old boy – is mad about the bush, his room, de­signed by Kirsty Lind­ley of Lind­ley & Co, is an ode to ev­ery­thing wild from the cush­ions and art prints to the book­case in the shape of a rhino. “I kept the room quite neu­tral and brought in black in the rug and De­sign Team scat­ters,” ex­plains Kirsty. For sleep­overs there’s a dou­ble bunk, which also has use­ful stor­age space un­der­neath.

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