Creating a room for a child is a study in joy. It's about creating a place for them to feel happy and safe. And it goes beyond the element of surprise, that all good interiors contain, to invite a touch of magic.
I love the tender colours that Laura Fantacci has used in her daughter's room below. I'm not a fan of colour gendering (who is?) and prefer this kind of subtler, more interesting colour palate.
The Liberty Clare-Aude fabric is a lovely choice for the cupboard - it reminds me of Beatrix Potter's watercolours. Hanging a curtain up in place of a door also softens the look of the room, as too many doors can be claustrophobic.
I find the bold & brilliant use of fuchsia shelves and canary yellow braided chairs from Mexico refreshing in this room for two boys, Antoine and Oliver.
As well as surprise, familiarity also plays an important role in a child's room. In my own daughters' rooms I hung wooden, German 'Hampelmänner' of Max & Moritz (from the eponymous book by Wilhelm Busch). They were mine as a child and allow us to talk about German books and characters, as well as creating a sense of continuity and story.
Mushkane is a wonderful French/Nepalese company that creates colourful pieces using boiled felt, perfect for a child's bedroom. I use their storage baskets for my daughters' soft toys.
A room that is uncluttered and can easily be tidied away is also high on my wish list. I find the simplicity of the room below inspiring because each element has been chosen with care & creativity. A child could go from toddler to teenager in a room like this.
My favourite of all has to be this children's room as a 'house within a house', created by architect Alberto Marcos Flores of Estudio AMPS for his three daughters in their Madrid home. Here the kids can explore their own relationship with the space around them.
Alberto also designs wonderful children's furniture such as the 'Mouse Table' above, and the 'Desk House', created for Ninetonine (ninetoninekids.com)