I have always loved the idea of designing a children’s room. There is something special about creating a space for a little one to grow, develop, and draw inspiration from. Besides these few must have ingredients, I feel the child should feel warm, cozy, comfortable, and free as well. This is the space they will call their own and most likely be the place they will spend most of their time as they get older.
My husband and I are planning to start trying for our first child and you can bet I have already thought of how to design the baby’s room. I have to admit, I have been thinking about it for years now so it’s no surprise I am super excited to actually make it happen. I think being prepared and always being ahead of the game is the best policy. Plus, with something so important as this task, you should take all the time you need. Hence, starting early!
Personally, I love an androgynous space for a child. One that is not too girly or boyish, a nice mix of feminine and masculine. And anything that looks “baby” is pretty much out. I prefer a space a child can grow up in, not one that has to be redesigned every few years because they grow out of the decor. So a sense of maturity is essential. And adding small touches of childlike features here and there are easy to do. I plan to showcase vintage elements, art & handmade items, and books – three things that will truly feature the style of the space and bring a cohesive look to the room.
I also do not like themed rooms. When I mean theme, I am talking about sports, animals, carnival, zoo, stuff like this that can really go overboard, which I see all the time. Instead of making the whole room look like a football field, placing a few quality inspired pieces throughout the space. The same thing with an animal theme. A child shouldn’t feel like they are in a zoo. It can get a little hectic with wall decals, lamps that matchy-matchy with bedding, and accessories that take over the space. And most of the time all these designs/items are created for baby, so the overall look is a bit dated and overdone. Here are few examples of how to successfully incorporate a theme:
Color is an important element to think about. How do you want your child to feel in the space. I am a big believer in neutrals, they are used throughout our whole house. These hues allow for relaxation, inspiration, calm, and stability in the space and are the perfect fit for a baby and young child. Sorry, but a bright red and blue room just isn’t a great choice. You want your kids to feel grounded, especially babies. Too much stimulation can really affect their overall being.
So, here are more spaces designed for children that work. They may clearly show a theme, but that theme isn’t kitschy, its a style. And that is what you want to go for. Creating a specialized look and feel should be the priority, while considering your little one’s needs and wants. It is their space after all. Enjoy!
Photo Credit: The Boo and the Boy
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I think when my generation first watched the film Kids, we felt like someone understood us. Although it a lot of people had issues with the context, it wound up grossing millions at the box office and becoming a favorite for teens all over the world.
Written by Harmony Korine and directed by the one and only Larry Clark, Kids gives you a sneak peak into the lives of a group of kids living in New York City. The story focuses on the rising HIV epidemic in the mid 90s and how young people continued to be irresponsible about sex. As nature takes its course, reality hits after one of the girls learns she tested positive for HIV and she searches for the boy who gave it to her. Watching this unfold through the characters gives you a sense of sadness and allows for a special kind of empathy towards this particular generation.
Filmed in a documentary type style, Larry Clark did an amazing job at capturing New York City street life and how kids saw the world at that time. I am personally part of this generation and know first hand the scene and style of the film. The characters were all played by first timers, most of which were just city kids with no experience, who we all know now to be rising actors in the field. Kids started the successful relationship between Clark and Korine, who have continued to work together on other films such as Bully and Ken Park.
The color palette for the film is pretty much as true as it gets. The dark neutrals of the city streets with the accent of nature inspired hues from local parks and greenery. The pops of color come through by the wardrobe of the characters and various storefronts in certain scenes. Exploring the everyday issues and hardships of generation x as well as the unbreakable feeling most of us felt when we were young in such a straightforward way was truly a sight to see. All in all, the film was a breaking point for story telling, giving all of us kids a voice to be reckoned with.