Chic, fun and functional children’s bedrooms
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.
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.
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.