We rounded up six dreamy rooms that transition nurseries, kids’ rooms and young adult havens into a fun exercise in playful design.
There’s no design process more personal than that of a mother planning for her baby’s nursery, and even though I help clients nursery plan all the time, I still find myself getting emotional looking back at the little haven I created for my precious daughter. Eve is the most perfect addition to our family that we didn’t know we needed. Her room has become a central gathering place in our home because there’s room for both our boys on the daybed, so we often end up snuggled together, reading a story or catching up on our day. I find when I step into her space, I instantly relax, feeling refreshed by the secret garden-inspired wall mural and comforted by the layered rugs underfoot.
At the top of this cottage in the woods, we envisioned this happy space for a young girl, perfect for stargazing and happy dreams. The Tiffany blue trim and floors are countered with the yellow and white gingham wallcovering from Scalamandré. The Paule Marrot floral fabric on the bed is the perfect tie back to this natural setting.
Emily C. Butler
My clients’ son previously shared this room with his younger sister, so when it became entirely his own, we wanted to resist the urge to go little-boy “blue-tral” with his new room. Instead, we selected vivid kelly greens, a graphic black and white wallpaper, and a range of blue hues to accent. This allowed the new space to feel playful, yet modern in a way that could grow with him.
Starrett Hoyt Ringbom
This room was designed for the charming son of a cool, young family in Manhattan. We were looking to create a space that would grow with him and be a natural fit for the family’s collection of vintage items. The end result feels cozy, nostalgic and unfussy, just like a boy’s room should.
After three boys, a baby girl arrived, and the doting parents wanted nothing but pink in her bedroom! We harmonized 50 shades of pink, rather than “matching” the colors perfectly, to effect a young, easy-living, bohemian vibe. We especially loved the indoor/outdoor table and chairs from Sutherland and the pink vinyl faux shagreen ottoman, which are absolutely indestructible and therefore perfect for the kid’s room!
This room was created for a girl in her 20s who works in NYC, and goes for the weekend to her parents’ summer home. The room is tucked away on the 3rd floor and is a sweet nest. Pattern on pattern with the rattan accents creates a perfect summer bedroom. It’s soft and cozy — not pictured is a window seat for reading. The wallpaper from Galbraith & Paul is my favorite design element because it ties all the eclectic elements together, seamlessly!