Sound too good to be true? Not at all! Knowing that a child's bedroom scheme can seem like a limited-run film, Kids' Rooms Etc. set out to produce the ultimate sleeping space. It's a room that gains staying power by incorporating basic building blocks that easily adapt to various stages.
Check out the transformation from sweet to sassy to sophisticated. Though it's not as simple as waving a wand and saying "presto change-o," creating a look that lasts is possible when scripted with forward-thinking fabrics, furnishings, and accessories.
Baby, oh baby! Nurseries sure have come a long way from pastels and gauzy fabrics. In Take One of the room design, we embraced the bolder side of a classic pink-and-yellow palette. The furnishings are adaptable pieces that play multiple roles.
The crib, for example, turns into a daybed and later a chair. From a function standpoint, the rooms plays to its audience. In this phase, it's parents. Baskets, bins, and open shelves keep diapers and other items easily accessible. And the crib gets a starring role in the center of the room.
A wide band of pink paint echoes the window treatments' two-tone design. It also adds a bit of fun and visual interest. Set on locking casters, the changing table can easily move to a new location. And this table isn't merely a one-shot wonder: It transforms into a desk. Rings form floral art pieces. Stay tuned: This adaptable idea blossoms into a profusion of color as the design grows out of its baby-soft stage.
Girls just wanna have fun, and this gleeful room shows that in spades -- make that circles and stripes. In Take Two, smart pattern steals the show. The nursery's subtle circular and floral motifs give way to bold dots and punchy stripes.
This room strikes gold -- and pink, lime, turquoise, and orange -- with the multicolor striped fabric she used for the Roman shades. It's the glue that unites the three phases and allows a shift in the palette. Function also shifts in this phase -- from parent to child. Furniture is situated against the walls to allow kids room to groove in the center. But it's not all fun and games: The crib-turned-desk is a reminder that it's showtime for school.
The crib morphs into a daybed with a rolling drawer underneath that's easy for a young girl to access. The clever canopy is a ribbon shower curtain.
The tweens of America have spoken: It's two thumbs up for orange! The juicy color rules in Take Three. But bold as orange is, the room has a sense of calm. The mellowing started with a general depatterning. Two-tone walls turned one happy hue, and a solid-color rug stepped in. The teal shag has attitude and fills another tween desire: a soft hangout on the floor.
A new floral fabric takes over the lead role on windows and the bed. Don't worry if the old cast isn't always a match -- coordination, rather than complete synchrony, is the key.
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