Last year my sister Elizabeth decided it was high time the kids had a decorated bedroom. My Mom had painted it green a few years ago (it was black when they moved in).
Elizabeth and her husband Bill found the bunkbeds on-line and–without consulting me about placement or colour, but I’m okay with it–had someone assemble it and stick it in the corner of the bedroom.
This left us with a space on the other side (which was better in the end) that I turned into a little reading corner with the blue ottoman and elephant art.
I had a reader email me about a charcoal bed for her son, she worried whether it was too trendy. I replied that it was definitely trendy, and if possible, the best colour would be either blue or black or a medium brown wood stain.
For girls, the best colour is white, a colour or a medium brown wood stain.
I would even go with espresso brown before I would choose charcoal.
Choosing charcoal is like choosing red. You need to repeat charcoal in the room so that it looks intentional. It’s technically not a neutral. Just like charcoal wood floors, it looks best if grey is repeated in the room. If you choose pale or medium brown wood floors, you won’t be as bossed around.
The first room (above) with the navy blue walls and dresser, the charcoal crib looks like ‘We tried to match it and we failed”. It would have been better in a medium brown tone. Charcoal needs contrast, NOT more colours in the same value.
If you must have charcoal (picture on the right), but you want your child to have a bed they can grow with, decorate the room in grey but keep the bed in one of the colours suggested above (here you can pretend this bed is not grey, just notice how the room is decorated).
Here’s my nephews bedroom photos including some befores:
Paint colour – BM Stem Green
Can you count how many lamps are in this room?
My nephews are highly trained by their Auntie Maria. They turn them ALL on when they are playing.
After – Bunk beds similar here.
William especially loves the ambient lighting that a string of christmas lights bring to a room (as you can see by the before pics) so I draped a non-holiday strand in the room.
I usually ignore the colour of the carpet when decorating kids rooms, since they are not as big as master bedrooms and are all about the bedding anyway.
Lighting from IKEA
We found this dresser (below) from Craigslist. Already painted in the right shade of turquoise. It just needed new knobs.
Photos by Maria Killam
And they love the ‘death star’ light from IKEA.
William and Markus
I’ve posted this picture before, but here it is again, it goes with the bedroom! They grow up so fast, here are some other posts that include my nephews when they were much smaller (below)! I’ve been writing this blog almost as long as they’ve been alive, haha!
There are 2 spaces left in my Chicago course coming up in May. And I won’t be back to Toronto probably for 2 or 3 years, so if you live in the East Coast of Canada, you’ll want to register for my March course here.
Related posts that include my nephews:
Progress in my Master Bedroom (In my last house)