Image: Tracey Ayton | Designer: Sophie Burke
How to create a pretty-in-pink little girl's room like this one.
A breezy-fresh bedroom built for a budding artiste has lots of highlights, but here are some of her favourites.
1 Let the child's personality be reflected in the room.
“Start with your child’s personality,” says Sophie Burke, who designed this artful and girly bedroom for nine-year-old Madeline Mast along with Madeline’s mom, Cindy. “Let the room reflect your child’s passions, talents and delights.”
2 Opt for fresh white walls.
Crisp white walls and Scandinavian-inspired pale wood floors serve as a blank canvas. This lets treasured toys, colourful furnishings and a revolving art display take centre stage.
3 Choose a light fixture that offers a whimsical feel.
When night falls, an airy rattan pendant light illuminates the space, casting pretty geometric shadows in what feels like a dynamic display of evening art.
4 Find a piece of furniture in a look-at-me hue.
Vintage and fanciful, the coral-coloured iron bed frame was an antique must-have, but needed updating from a local ironworker. Now the bed is Destination Dreamscape. The bedding is patterned with blushing thistle blooms, which feel perfectly suited to spring. Peachy pink shams complete the look.
5 Incorporate meaningful hand-me-downs into the space.
Family heirlooms are delightful reminders of Madeline’s ancestry. The 1940s swivel chair once belonged to one of her great-grandmas (Cindy had it reupholstered in a more youthful toile). The colourful toss cushion, crocheted by another great-grandmother, looks surprisingly modern, and the stuffed bunny has been by Madeline’s side since she was born.
6 Encourage a custom painting.
Decorating with kids’ artwork is a great way to strike a one-of-a-kind look and support a child’s creativity. Inspired by Canadian artist Emily Carr, Madeline created the painting that hangs above the bird-legged side table.
7 Include playful pieces in the room.
A handy spot to set storybooks, the leggy side table with bird feet adds a touch of amusing caprice to the room.
Get the look:
1 Double metal Gwen bed frame, $199, structube.com.
2 Nassa basket pendant light, $449, cb2.ca.
3 Beauti-Tone Hippity Hop A20-2-1450-4. homehardware.ca.
4 Queen Meera quilt, $289 US, kalyanatextiles.com.