Forget pink for girls and blue for boys; the contemporary child’s room can be based around any colors you desire, whether it’s a subtle neutral theme or riotously bright. Combine a dose of whimsy with grown-up sophistication for a bedroom or playroom that will grow with your child.
For the sake of both parents and children, comfortable seating is a must. The colorful and welcoming Cart Armchair by DiTre Italia is ideal for feedings or storytime. Contemporary updates on the classic rocking chair include the Guapa by Midj and the Comeback by Patricia Urquiola, both available in a range of gentle colors and sure to soothe fussy little ones. For seating that’s more readily moveable by the kids themselves, consider adding a scattering of poufs or ottomans to the playroom; Solar, Henry and Bon Bon all offer fun, colorful options, while Uno by American Leather has castors for easy moving and built-in storage under the seat.
Add instant interest to your child’s bedroom or playroom with lighting that’s as individual as they are. Flamenca and Coral are two flamboyant options for bedside lamps. Aqua Creations are specialists in unique light fixtures; their Mimosa and Zooid ceiling lights are hand-sculpted statement pieces. Shaped to resemble a fluffy cloud, Nuvola looks charming alone or in a cluster.
Depending on the age of the children in question, you may need to baby-proof by opting for tables with rounded corners. Consider a pair of curvy side tables like Oly’s Twin set or a completely circular piece like Tia. Even older children can benefit from durable furnishings that can be knocked around a little without showing damage. All Kartell products, including the Stone Side Table and La Boheme Stool are made from colored or clear polycarbonate that will survive years of playdates.
Texture, color and fun patterns are yours for the asking with the right area rug. Molten and Plasma both seem to burst with movement and energy, and both are available in your choice of over 200 colors. As an added bonus, a busily patterned rug like Dellarobbia’s Vertigo or Rubix will effectively hide the evidence of many a spilled juicebox.
Shelving and storage
Toys and books need homes, too. Keep bedrooms and playrooms a little more organized with shelving that’s large and versatile enough to keep up with your child’s ever-evolving needs. Press floats a column of books on the wall as if by magic. Fifty is a modular shelving system that can be added to and re-oriented any way you please. Finally, wall-mounted Demi can be positioned horizontally or vertically, and mounted high enough to keep breakables out of reach of little hands.