A space of their own

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. 

Laura Fantacci's daughter Greta's room (Laura Fantacci of Wearing It Today & Wardrobe Icons). 

Laura Fantacci's daughter Greta's room (Laura Fantacci of Wearing It Today & Wardrobe Icons). 

On the right is the Liberty Tana Lawn Claire-Aude fabric 'L' that Laura used. I recently used the same fabric in violet tones for a client's daughter's room.

On the right is the Liberty Tana Lawn Claire-Aude fabric 'L' that Laura used. I recently used the same fabric in violet tones for a client's daughter's room.

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. 

Detail of Greta's cupboard, and her friend Coco's original hanging space created by her mother Sarah Tomczak, editor of Red. For a small but beautiful hanging space, find a branch and hang it up with cord!  They can use it for fancy dress costumes when they are older. 

Detail of Greta's cupboard, and her friend Coco's original hanging space created by her mother Sarah Tomczak, editor of Red. For a small but beautiful hanging space, find a branch and hang it up with cord!  They can use it for fancy dress costumes when they are older. 

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. 

I adore the bright yellow chairs and fuchsia shelves giving this space bags of character

I adore the bright yellow chairs and fuchsia shelves giving this space bags of character

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. 

My own daughters' bedroom in our old home. The light-switch is from Nuline and you paint it yourself.

My own daughters' bedroom in our old home. The light-switch is from Nuline and you paint it yourself.

The painting above the fireplace hung in the girls' father's room when he was a child. 

The painting above the fireplace hung in the girls' father's room when he was a child. 

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. 

I love the simplicity of this bedroom - the rug on the floor, the quirky chair, the clever storage for toys. It is peaceful and inspiring.

I love the simplicity of this bedroom - the rug on the floor, the quirky chair, the clever storage for toys. It is peaceful and inspiring.

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. 

Photo by Pablo Zuloaga

Photo by Pablo Zuloaga

LH photo by Pablo Zuloaga. Coffee cup light by Ingo Maurer, painting by Alberto Corazón, chair by Vitra and mobile by Pablo Saiz.  RH photo by Maria Primo de Rivera. 'Mouse Table' by Alberto Marco Flores for  Ninetonine. 

LH photo by Pablo Zuloaga. Coffee cup light by Ingo Maurer, painting by Alberto Corazón, chair by Vitra and mobile by Pablo Saiz.

RH photo by Maria Primo de Rivera. 'Mouse Table' by Alberto Marco Flores for Ninetonine. 

Alberto also designs wonderful children's furniture such as the 'Mouse Table' above, and the 'Desk House', created for Ninetonine (ninetoninekids.com)

Photo by Jara Varela

Photo by Jara Varela

Photo by  Maria Primo de Rivera. 'Desk House' & 'Caterpillar Stools' by  Ninetonine , designed by Alberto Marcos Flores.    

Photo by Maria Primo de Rivera. 'Desk House' & 'Caterpillar Stools' by Ninetonine, designed by Alberto Marcos Flores.