James' Bright Yet Tranquil Bedroom

James' Bright Yet Tranquil Bedroom

Carrie McBride
Feb 25, 2015

Project By: Jennifer Bright/Bright Kids Interiors
Location: Sydney, Australia
Client: James (2)

From the designer: I was fortunate enough to design a new room for little James at the end of last year. He had just moved in to a new beautiful home and we got a blank canvas to work with. This is always an ideal way to start off a new room but I don't often get the chance to do this; so it was quite a treat. James and his parents stipulated the 2 things that he loves most in life - animals and transport- cars, boats, planes.

I had troubles sourcing a well made affordable trundle bed as in Australia the choice for beds can be tough! We wanted a bright yet tranquil space for James to unwind in as he already has a playroom to go crazy in. Mum and Dad wanted a reading nook and lots for him absorb him and inspire imagination.


When the mum agreed that wallpaper would be more than okay, I jumped! Choosing it was so much fun.... I looked into both car patterns and animals; the choice was hard but we went with this gorgeous Majvillan paper from Just For Kids Wallpaper that is a soft blue with a landscape of rolling hills and animals dotted through it. The wallpaper is the main focal point in the room and set the whole tone for all other items, you can stare at it for ever!

To create the all-important reading nook I always try to use a bookshelf easily accessible to kids ,a beanbag and space to roll around. The bookshelf I selected is from Hip Kids and I love it as it doubles as a display shelf and generous storage nook. You can also flip over the front panel and use it as a chalkboard; way cool.

The lamp was chosen specifically to fit in with the bright tone of yellow that appears in the funky Sack Me bed linen (which says Best Kid Ever across it) we used. It's big but I like using these versatile Tre lamps, as they can easily be used for a desk lamp as the child grows older and should last a long time to come. The addition of the hot air balloons were something I thought would add some fun and keep with James' obsession with transport, we hung them in his reading corner. Also I added some car decals for him to stare at whilst at his little table and chairs, these were from Love Mae and spread a lot further out than I realized but he adores them so it all fit well. The rainbow colours reflect all around the room in the rug, pillowcase and felt garland.

Thanks, Jennifer!

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