Whether they’re tots or teens, nurture your child’s interest in decor and design by giving them a stylish space of their own
An eclectic mix of stripes, florals and checks makes this little girl’s room pretty, yet still contemporary. The on-trend pastel shades and pops of raspberry pink are a fun, modern contrast to the vintage ironwork bed, chest of drawers and suitcase, which add charm and character to the room. To create more interest, a textured rug and different fabrics were included in the mix.
As interior designer Meg Fasanelli understands that a tranquil ambience is important in a nursery, she chose a predominantly neutral palette with the delicate wallpaper and soft furnishings in soothing pastel shades. A salvaged rocking chair, metal standing lamp and modern side table create an effective ensemble of old and new elements, as well as a comfy, practical spot for feeding or relaxing. The fun pendant light fitting from Weylandts adds the final stamp to a room that’s appropriately serene, yet still interesting.
Twice as nice
Interior designer Meg Fasanelli fuelled her client’s son’s imagination with this neat bunk bed from Future Classics that the six year old refers to as his ‘ship’. It’s a doubly useful unit that not only offers an extra bed for sleepovers, but also provides clever additional storage in the stairs. A coordinating striped wallpaper creates a bold, colourful statement wall.
“The industrial red cord of the lamps inspired the palette of greys and charcoals with pops of red and orange in this teenage boy’s bedroom,” says Odette Uys of Eye Candy Interiors. A charcoal focal wall gives the room depth and is the perfect backdrop for the cool vintage posters above the bed.
In Cape teenager Jessé Bence’s bedroom, her decorator mom Christine Bence worked her magic with various second-hand finds. Thanks to a lick of paint, an old dressing table has become a desirable girly piece that doubles up as a desk. A cost-effective alternative to wallpaper, painted stripes add a playful touch to this 14-year-old’s room. Christine had the scatter cushions and linen bed base cover made from leftover fabrics and the bedside lamp is also a second-hand buy.
“I wanted to make this a fun, friendly room that would be stimulating for a baby, yet stylish enough to appeal to its mother,” explains interior designer Tiggs Crozet of Indigo Design. In keeping with the colours used in the rest of the house, she used a soothing grey on the walls. “While you want the best for your baby, you also want value for money which is why I chose the Stokke Sleepi bed from Kids Emporium. It starts off as a crib and as your child grows you can add sections to it so that it eventually becomes a daybed for a 10 year old,” says Tiggs. She also included a hanging pod chair and installed the floating shelf to add architectural detail. “The pod chair’s a new take on the traditional feeding chair, and the shelf holds storage baskets and keeps them out of reach of a toddler.”