Little Boy’s Rooms

Kid’s rooms are so much fun to design.  My philosophy for making them fun yet timeless are:

1) Make the shell of the room (walls, floors, fixed lighting, etc.) as age neutral as possible.  Kid’s likes and dislikes change as fast as the weather, it is better to have a beautifully designed shell and freshen things up with inexpensive items.

2) Invest in furniture that will take them from toddlerhood through the teen years.  Quality dressers and beds will save money and drama over time.

3) Leave plenty of space on the walls for customization.  This is a place where inexpensive posters and drawings can be changed as frequently as needed.  If there was ever a place where chalkboard or corkboard walls are appropriate, its in a kids room.

4) Give kids a little say in what they want, but not too much.  As I said before, their taste changes quickly.  If you were to trick out their room with Star Wars or Sponge Bob or whatever else the kids are into these days, they would likely want something completely different in 6 months.  Bed sheets are a great place to apply their latest fascination.

5) Finally, storage and safety are the always the first priority.

Here are a few rooms that I feel excelled in children’s room design:

I have a wonderful friend who has 4 boys under 10.  Yes, she has the patience of a saint.  To further test her patience, she and her husband put their house on the market 6 months ago (you know when we were in the depths of a housing crisis), and sold it within 12 days.  So, they have been in an apartment, all 6 of them plus 2 dogs.  They finally have an offer on a house that looks really promising.  In hopes of creating some good mojo for them, I did a few preliminary design schemes for 4 new little boys rooms.  Sorry to leave out the little girls in this post, but my friend Raina did an awesome little girl’s room here.

Please, people of the blogosphere, keep your fingers crossed for Becky and her boys, that they are in their new house soon and we get to start creating some amazing boy’s rooms.

About sanctuaryhome

The Sanctuary Home blog was created in May 2009 to augment my interior design business, Jamie Foley Interiors. Below is the design philosophy that guides my business and this blog. A beautiful house isn’t a home unless it speaks to its occupants and fits their lifestyle in appropriate and unique ways. I believe that design can be approached in two ways. The first is from the gut, what feels right. The second is from a logical methodical perspective. I design using the second approach. I feel that having a reason why a piece is selected, having similar elements in the room or throughout the home makes it feel unified even if the similarities are not obvious to the casual observer. It makes a home feel special and contemplative. Building the interior of a home is a process. I create a plan for investment pieces that will last a lifetime, filling in with less expensive, less important pieces that can be replaced when they wear out or look dated with additional investment pieces or of the moment trendy items that update the home. Using vintage or antique pieces with new grounds a home. If everything in a home is new, it feels like a model home, it has no soul. If you use all old pieces, if feels like you live in a garage sale. The beauty is in the mix. Creating timeless interiors involves using pieces from all design styles. It gives the home a layered look and allows a home to look as if the pieces have been acquired over time. Using furniture from all one style or period makes a home look fussy and intimidating. I look forward to working with clients with all budgets and design aesthetics to create a home that special to their family. I encourage clients to express their individuality throughout the entire design process, this ensures your home fits your needs and will delight you every time you walk through the door.
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