Wallpaper is such a wonderful tool for adding character and warmth. And if walls aren’t in perfect condition, it’s a practical way to get around costly preparation.
Primary Color Kids Rooms
Kids rooms, for boys or girls, are always a delight to decorate. We love getting to know the kids, even if just capturing quick hellos as they wander in and out of their rooms. It helps us to imagine the environment they’ll feel at home in. For a pair of rambunctious and adorable young brothers, we decorated their bedroom in cheerful, strong colors befitting their personalities.
The wallpaper is a pinstripe meant to mimic mens shirting; we love how it provides a bright blue background for the room. The strong red of the headboards, bedskirts and window shades embellished with navy blue tape made for a bold contrast. When looking for art above the headboards, we found small reproductions of Ellsworth Kelly prints, framing them simply to add some sophistication. The table between the two beds is a Robsjohn-Gibbings table that belonged to the client. It definitely brought an element of vintage charm that every room needs.
In this young boy’s room in a Brooklyn Heights townhouse, we wallpapered one wall with a colorful map wallpaper. It’s so cheerful, and was selected in part because we came to know the precocious and inquisitive little boy who lives here. Simple bookshelves were designed above and on either side of a radiator cover to create a space that feels intentional in on awkward part of the wall.
Both of these boy’s rooms have adjoining bathrooms. Below left, a Parish Hadley star print wallpaper coordinated well with the traditional pinstripe in the bedroom. For the Brooklyn townhouse bathroom, below right, we went bolder and chose a strong green ceramic tile for the walls around the bathtub and shower, and a super cheerful navy blue penny tile for the floor. The window shade is a geometric print in navy and white, trimmed in dark green.
This bathroom, below, is outside the bedroom so guests can use it too. The stripe American rag rug is the perfect element to draw you down the hallway. The child’s chair was a fun find one Saturday at an estate sale.