Creating a quality space that will stand the test of children at play and be timeless so children can grow in the space is the goal, according to Sara Ray of Sara Ray Interior Design.
“This can be achieved by using a variety of textures, mixing sophisticated hues with vibrant patterns and colors,” says Ray. “It’s important to consider the child’s personality and style. They should feel comfortable and happy in their space.”
Candace Sone of Sone Design, Inc., says, “We are designing nurseries and children’s rooms to be more transitional as they grow. Invest in adaptable furniture and classic window treatments as those are expensive to change while bringing in the theme or color through bedding, paint, area rugs, accessories, and artwork which are less expensive to exchange as the child grows. My clients design their kids’ rooms as reflections of their style, yet we still include the child’s personality in the overall look.”
In agreement is Teresa Zilinsky of Teresa Zilinsky Interior Designs, who says her clients want a look that reflects their personal style and flows with the rest of their home decor. “Walls are painted neutral colors but decorated with warm and colorful accents, such as grey walls with a warm yellow or turquoise accents or sand walls with accents of salmon or pink for girls or navy or taupe for boys.”
Adding that fabrics play a big part in pulling a room’s look together, she adds that clients choose a little more grown-up pattern for their nurseries with accessories and pictures to add whimsey. “When walls remain neutral and somewhat sophisticated fabrics allow for easy updates as children grow and their personalities develop,” says Zilinsky.
According to Gail Adkins of Change-Magic Interior Consulting the general requirements for a child’s room are good lighting, an easily made bed, ample storage space for clothing, and ample space for books, toys, games, and electronics.
“Because a child’s preferences change with the marketing of popular themes, it’s important to create a space that can be easily changed to reflect the new interests. It’s much easier to change out a bulletin board or chalk board color than it is to change out a room full of pink- or blue-themed items,” Adkins says.
Reporting that while parents utilize the tried-and-true classics such as blues, pinks, and primary colors, Jackie Jordan, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams, says “The approach today is much more sophisticated with gender-neutral room colors. As gray has swept the interiors market for rooms throughout the home, it is no wonder that it has also crept into one of the must-have colors for nursery walls.
“With that as a background color, you have the opportunity to accessorize by gender if you prefer or opt for black and white accents for visual stimulation and contrast,” says Jordan. She adds that while colored poufs and soft cotton and faux fur throws can be used to add color and texture to a room. “In general. parents opt for a calming space for sleep and activities such as reading with bright, energetic accents for a little corner or play space.”
Sherri Blum of Jack & Jill Interiors says that woodland animals have been a strong theme for children’s rooms and she anticipates the trend to continue through 2016. “Deer, squirrels, foxes, and similar creatures in natural color tones are popular, in part because they coordinate with the neutral themes favored by homeowners for their home decor,” says Blum.
Lighting is part of a child’s room design, says Zilinsky. “The look must flow with the look of the house, and parents are comfortable using chandeliers, iron rustic fixtures, or cool sleek drum shades—far different from the simple ceiling mounts we used to use.”
Zilinsky adds that furniture is chosen for the long term, with emphasis on multi-functional and versatile pieces. “And words,” she says, “words are used more in today’s wall art—decals on the wall or putting wooden signs above the bed or on shelves. Inspirational words are particularly popular.”
According to Zsavonne Perryman of Ferguson one overlooked area for lighting in a child’s room is under a bunk or loft bed when a desk is placed beneath the bed. “Small, mounted recessed lighting or track lighting can be installed directly under the bed to illuminate the workspace,” she says. LED bulbs are great for task lighting at desks and study spaces because they don’t generate heat, save energy, and are available in multiple shapes and sizes.
Sone, who agrees that neutral palettes are favored by parents for children’s rooms, says options for organization are ever-growing,” including options for closets, desks, drawers, open boxes, and baskets.
According to Ray, modern shapes, including mid-century influences, as well as new forms are popular. “Accent walls behind the bed or onthe ceiling with whimsical lighting are popular as are wall ledges.”
Sandra Sokol of Closets by Design says her company frequently works on spaces for children’s rooms. In closets, she says, they often incorporate three hanging rods and baskets for younger children, and easily change the layout to two rods and drawers for older children.
“Because children’s rooms often incorporate a great deal of color, homeowners tend to prefer that our units—desks, work stations, book shelves, design beds, and window seats, are neutral—often antique white.,” says Sokol. “Our countertops are custom made for our units, so customers can select colors to personalize a child’s space and replace the top in a few years as tastes and personalities change.”
In addition, she adds, the company has created islands in a room to accommodate gaming units for easy cleanup, as well as storage islands with baskets, drawers, and other space for toys, sporting goods, etc. We design for a child’s growth and a custom fit so that if the home is sold, a future owner’s family can make use of the same organizational units.”
There are a number of sources for children’s room decor including the following:
Beautiful Interior Designs
Change Magic Interior Consulting
Closets by Design
Clarksville 931/ 551-4713
Lebanon 615/ 444-2111
Murfreesboro 615/ 890-5599
Nashville 615/ 385-3054
Sara Ray Interior Design
Sone Design Inc.