Maya’s Pink Girls Bedroom

Maya’s Pink Girls Bedroom

Maya’s Pink Girls Bedroom

As Long As It’s Pink

 

Patricia Hoyna was asked by Maya’s parents to design a room for their daughter as a surprise birthday gift.  Here Patricia talks s through the project

 

Maya’s parents asked me to design a room for her as a surprise birthday gift, to be completed while she was on holiday.  It was a great project to work on thanks to Maya’s parent’s openness and understanding of their daughter’s desires.

Previously the room was dark, cluttered and lacked character.  Before Maya left, I had a very casual conversation with her; Maya is 8 years old and her favourite colours happen to be light pink and dark pink!  She likes to dance, draw, play with shopkins toys, and listen to Ariana Grande.  I wanted to create a really cool and funky room that would express the little lady’s lovely personality and would grow with her.  From her mum I knew there was a need for extra storage that would accommodate not only Maya’s clothes but also some of theirs, as the apartment is quite compact, so the old chunky wardrobe has been replaced with a slimmer but taller version, that way we’ve gained more room without compromising on storage space.  The bed had to stay so we’ve painted the woodwork it the same colour as the walls to blend it nicely into the scheme and changed the covers –an easy and inexpensive update!

I truly believe honouring the children’s wishes is crucial when designing a space for them, so the starting point was the pink.  I thought of how to incorporate it into the room without being obvious. I focused on playfulness, feminine energy and transition from childhood to adolescence.

To create a harmonious scheme, there were few factors that had to be considered: the location, orientation of the room and temperature of light. In the North light is originally more greyish, so I chose the pink with blue undertone and pared it with Wimborne White for a touch of warmth and softness and sprinkled it with black polka dots.

“There are clever ways of introducing colours into smaller doses that will make everyone happy”

Colours have great impact on our wellbeing, psychologically pink it is a positive colour that inspires warm and comforting feelings, the lighter version has calming effect, the stronger shade has been linked with confidence and energy, but I guess Maya already knew that.

To honour the little artist’s creativity, I framed a selection of her beautiful drawings in black and white frames.  I added lots of additional lights on different levels, new pendant, the spotlights above the wardrobe are remote controlled and dimmable, a reading light by the bed, table lamp for homework and some lovely fairy lights around the window that produce soft glow, perfect for falling asleep.

To enhance the feeling of cosiness a variety of textures were added. A big plush rug on the floor, super soft blankets, and some scatter cushions in different finishes, colours and patterns. I will tell you a secret-the blind was made from Ikea throw like this one (I have the image from Ikea). Sometimes when the budget is modest, all you need is a trip to haberdashery and some DIY skills.

“Discarding kids’ wishes teaches them that their voice doesn’t matter, and we wouldn’t want that would we?

So dear readers,

If your child tells you that their favourite colour is Kermit Green, go for it! We react to colours on emotional levels and feel very strongly about the ones we love and hate, so even if it doesn’t go with the rest of the house, there is a reason why your child picked it, find out why they like it and let them have it, you don’t have to paint the walls in it, there are clever ways of introducing colours in smaller doses that will make everyone happy. On another note, discarding kids wishes teaches them that their voice doesn’t matter, and we wouldn’t want that would we?

Patricia Hoyna is the founder of Studio Hoyna, she has contributed many wonderful rooms to Rooomy and you can check out more of her work and how to get in  touch with her here.  

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A Superhero Bedroom for a New Boys Room

 

Patricia Hoyna shares how to put the Ka-Pow

into a room for Super-Boy Michael

 

When Michael turned 8, he was still sharing a bedroom with his 18 month old brother Leon, at this point his parents decided to make the shared room his own space. The room was lovely and big, but large rooms suffer if you haven’t sorted out adequate storage: the furniture was badly arranged and the lighting was dull. The space was pretty uninspiring, really. Oh! And the carpet had to stay. 

Michael is a serious action figure fan who loves to play games, read books and have friends over for playdates. With his brother being moved to a room of his own, our aim was to create a very special place for Michael where he could express himself and have lots of fun. 

We chose a really cool Cartoon City wall mural in comic book style: the mural instantly creates a captivating atmosphere and Michael loves it. The graphic effect of the wallpaper works well with every  other colour in the room.

Comic Book Design, Superhero Bedroom Designs

We couldn’t change the blue carpet, so we decided to work with it! We picked shades of blue and mixed a matching shade for the wall and part of the ceiling next to the bed. This created a cohesive colour scheme for the room and provided visual interest.   The room felt a little dark, so we introduced some accent colours: we installed full length curtains in warm, sunny yellow, a red cabinet with a cord outlet underneath that makes it easy to gather all cords in one place. An orange sofa adds a dash of vibrant intensity and a definite feeling of happiness!

We divided the room into different zones, depending on activity. There is a gaming area, where the boys can also watch movies. Plenty of storage for Michael’s books, toys and personal belongings was important: they are neatly hidden or even locked, so his little brother can’t reach them. These touches helped us massively, as Michael can keep precious and delicate things away from little hands (the incidents of destroyed homework were dully noted).

Comic Book Design, Superhero Bedroom Designs
“We couldn’t change the blue carpet, so we decided to work with it!
We picked shades of blue and mixed a matching shade for the wall and part of the ceiling next to the bed.
This created a cohesive colour scheme for the room and provided visual interest.
Comic Book Design, Superhero Bedroom Designs
Comic Book Design, Superhero Bedroom Designs

An organised study area for homework and hobbies is fun and well lit: the little cupboards are carried by Superman and Thor and they provide additional storage that is clutter free .

The sleeping zone is much more restful than the other part of the room: it’s divided by a bookcase that stores books with covers facing out to make it easy for Michael to find the book he’s after.

The single pendant light creates a very flat, unhelpful light; I always incorporate several light sources in a room so that the room can feel bright and busy or calm and restful at the flick of a switch. Festoon Lights strung across the curtain rail are more interesting . Illuminating globes create a subtle glow and make learning about the world more appealing and are ideal for creating a cosy atmosphere in the run-up to bed time.

Comic Book Design, Superhero Bedroom Designs
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Children often like a small amount of light in a room at night because it helps them sleep better. We sourced a Superman night light for Michael for that little bit of magic. Now he can fall asleep surrounded by his favourite action figures.

TIP: A bed with a pull-out trundle is perfect for sleepovers.

TIP: There is no such thing as too much storage. If you’re doing it yourself allow time to plan what‘s going to go where and how much space it will require .

Shopping list: Bed: www.noaandnani.co.uk Red cupboard, sofa, bookcase, desk :Ikea, Mural: Rebel Walls, Cushions: Etsy, Letter M: eba

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Kid’s Interiors Q&A

Kid’s Interiors Q&A

Kid’s Interiors Q&A

April Q&A

 

Your opportunity to ask the experts. A monthly Q&A featuring a handful of questions posted by our readers and followers allowing you the opportunity to get some fantastic advice from the pros.

If you have something that is bugging you or maybe you just simply want to know the best shade of paint to use and life would be that bit easier is a professional just told you the answer, then please send your question to hello@rooomy.co.uk and maybe we’ll get back to you.

For our first Q&A we turn to two child interior experts who have contributed to Rooomy since it began and their advice and work is consistently perfect. London based designer Lisa Mettis of Born & Bred Studio. We love her decisiveness and we think you will too. And Edinburgh based designer Patricia Hoyna of Studio Hoyna who always encompasses exactly what her little clients are looking for and more.

How can I create more space?

Lisa Mettis says, “Apart from my mantra of ‘clear out’, the answer will probably be storage. BUT please don’t buy storage to house toys, books and clothes you’re not going to use. When choosing storage, choose options that sit or hang above the floor. Even if boxes are on castors the two inches of the floor you can see will really make a difference to the feeling of space. Also, when buying off the peg storage solutions, buy the item in multiples to make real impact and something unique to you. (see image below). Think about how you can make the most of wall space. Display books on ledges or hang cage shelving to house soft toys and arts and crafts materials.”

How do I make a room practical and pretty?

Lisa Mettis says, “Practicality basically makes for a boring interior, sorry! Make a list of all the practical things you need (i.e. a bed, chest of drawers, curtains). Review everything else in the room, is it needed? Edit the room, then the fun begins. Layer on the ‘pretty’. This can be inexpensive and is probably just a curation of the beautiful things your child has collected. As a little tick list, consider a personalised banner, garland lights, wallpaper or artwork, new bedding and of course, a rug. No room is complete without a rug, they’re incredibly practical. Children play at floor level most of the time which can be draughty, and it protects your flooring/carpet. Many options are now machine washable too.”

 

How do I put a nursery together on a budget?

Lisa Mettis says, “It’s so easy (particularly with your first child) to get carried away with buying ‘stuff’ which, guaranteed, you will never use. Treat the nursery not as a baby’s room but as a parent and baby room. During the early days you’ll be spending a lot of time bonding and nursing together. Your baby won’t notice the mural on the wall, but you’ll notice the dodgy paint or an uncomfortable chair. Get the room up to your standards and decorate neutrally. Buy only the essentials (i.e. a cot, chair, curtains), then splurge on something that will make you happy and make nursing time more interesting.  It could be a Miffy night light, a comfy chair, a nice blanket or a candle. If you’re very lucky, gifts will start coming in and these will provide the decoration you need.”

How is it best to decorate when renting and not wanting to cause too much damage? 

Patricia Hoyna says, “Paint gives you endless design possibilities for creative makeovers and it’s so easy to bring back magnolia if needed 🙂 Although, if it was up to me magnolia would be banished from stores forever! There are literally thousands of colours to choose from including new neutrals, wouldn’t it be more fun to try something fresh?  Another option would be wall stickers/decals.

Window treatments – think colour, pattern, trimmings, pom-poms! Some high-end designs could be achieved with store bought curtains or blinds just by adding a colourful trim. You can have a go yourself, ask a friend who’s handy or even find your local haberdashery; they often provide a sewing service along with their merchandise.

Artwork – whether you frame your child’s drawings, your family photos or some super cool illustrations, use picture hanging strips; Command are my go to brand, easy to mount, easy to remove, and you won’t need a single nail. Top Tip – art must be hung at the right height, you should be able to look at it without tilting your head upward.

Rugs – I know we don’t always have the luxury to choose the flooring, but rugs are great for adding extra comfort for kids to play on and if you move you take them with you.

My child has lots of little nick-nacks, what’s the best way to create storage for the teeny annoying things that looks good and is easy to use?

Lisa Mettis says, “Arrhh yes…the little bits of toot. I say embrace it! They make such cool displays and let’s face it it’s a phase and they will move on soon to the next. Whether they’re collecting pens, Shopkins, Lego, I would split into two categories those you want to see & display. And those you need to file for a rainy day in a beautiful fashion. Check out these products to suit both budgets.

If any of these links do not work please get in touch and we will endeavour to find you the product another way or something very similar.  And if you have an interiors dilemma of your own, please get in touch and we will try to help.

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Perfect Room for a Little Person

 

Monochrome is the perfect look for a gender neutral room

Patricia Hoyna shows us how it’s done

 

The brief was to design a ‘gender neutral’ bedroom for a 3 1/2-year-old Sam. His parents had scrupulously avoided pink and blue when buying toys and clothes in order to avoid the limitations of stereotyped gender roles. In Sweden, where Sam’s parents come from, national curriculum requires preschools to “counteract traditional gender roles and gender patterns”, children are encouraged to explore.

The Scandi love for black and white is still going strong and what better way to use a monochrome colour scheme and inject some colour and playfulness with accent tones, fun toys and inspiring accessories! Sam loves animals, especially those featured in his books, so I found plenty of them. I sourced different shapes and sizes, some animals are there to hug and provide comfort, some to hold.

Sam’s stack of books keeps the room bright! There is something wonderfully crisp, calming and clean about black and white combo. As with every other colour, a successful room design is about getting the proportions right. When I chat to kids about their colour preferences, they often choose a pair: pink and purple or red and blue. I always honour their wishes, but the method is that one colour must dominate, otherwise it’s a visual disaster and it would be quite unsettling. The best approach is to split the colours to 70:30 ratio. Because it’s a room for a little one, I’ve opted for 70% white and 30% black with a splash of warm and cheery yellow. Bringing an accent colour can do wonders to elevate the look and feel of the space.

Top Tip
When designing a room don’t just think about the colour – pattern and texture are equally important

I have a tip for you: when designing a room don’t just think about the colour – pattern and texture are equally important. The wallpaper I chose, with its subtle design, makes the room feel cosier without overwhelming the eye. The combination of different patterns provides visual interest. It’s the same with texture: bring in a variety of textiles that are pleasant to touch. Comfort has much more to do with the way we feel rather than the way it looks. The most sensual fabrics delight the skin. How about a mohair blanket, wool rug or velvet cushion? These are tried and tested for pleasure zones. I use them in layers for flexibility, piling them up in the winter and stripping them down in summer.

Sam enjoys drawing, so despite the room being of modest proportions, we’ve found a desk where this little artist can work on producing wonderful artworks. Children are incredibly creative and there is a better way of sticking their drawings than with a magnet to the fridge. The selection of lovely frames in all shapes and colours are easily accessible, so why not make a fuss and create a lovely exhibition in the hallway?! Not only will it give them sense of pride and recognition but also by expanding their input to other rooms than their bedroom we make it a home without boundaries.

Patricia Hoyna lives and works in Edinburgh, check out the rest of her portfolio here.

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Charlie’s safari room

Charlie’s safari room

Charlie’s safari room

Taking Charlie on Safari

 

For Patricia Hoyna inspiring her child clients is vital,

here she tells us all about her creation for mini adventurers Charlie.

 

I am a true believer that we should always engage even very young children to help design their own rooms.  It is fun to sit down with them and create a mood board and work together to achieve the bedroom of their dreams. Children are so imaginative you will learn a lot from listening to their ideas, and they are more likely to take care of a space that they helped to create.  Don’t you worry, I do consider parents input too!

The brief to Charlie’s bedroom was to create an eclectic and fun space for a little adventurer that wouldn’t be too different from the rest of the house, since the idea of redecorating the room once every few years was understandably not appealing to them. 

Five-year-old Charlie loves animals and a good adventure story, her biggest dreams are travelling to Africa, camping in the jungle and sleeping under the stars. Since she has to wait a few more years to do all that, we thought we could draw inspiration from her favourite destinations and with a dash of vintage and sprinkle of whimsy, create an easy escape into her own magical world.

The whole house is decorated in a sophisticated and elegant colour scheme that mainly contains taupe’s and greys, so we kept the walls and floor neutral, but added personality with accents of bold colour and patterns.

The bedroom does not get a huge amount of natural light, so we chose toasty yellow tones to warm it up and ensure it felt welcoming and cosy. Her playroom is connected to the living room, so the bedroom really is a beautiful chill-out zone for a little girl.

Key pieces of furniture include a comfy bed, a bedside table, an armchair for reading, a bookshelf and plenty of storage for clothes and personal treasures.

“Kids’ interests will very often evolve as they grow up. 
When the day comes that Charlie outgrows her room it will be very easy
to change the look and feel of it by changing the soft furnishings”

A bed canopy with fairy lights invites peaceful dreams and encourages a good night’s sleep. The zebra rugs make a bold statement; stripes and animal prints are as much a part of the adult world as they are of the children’s universe. It is this flexibility that makes them great for a timeless kids’ room.  Linen curtains, a high street buy, were customised with a pom-pom trimming to give the room a playful look.  And the big plant not only brings the outside in but is an excellent air purifier that soaks up toxins and CO2 whilst releasing oxygen.

Kids’ interests will very often evolve as they grow up.  When the day comes that Charlie outgrows her room it will be very easy to change the look and feel of it by changing the soft furnishings.

My top tips would be that when furnishing a small room, limit your palette of colours and materials – using too many will visually clutter a room and make it feel much smaller. The motto “less is more” is so true! 

Patricia Hoyna is an interior designer based in Edinburgh offering residential and commercial design.  She has the most increible eye and really understands how to please kids and their parents.  Check out her work here www.studiohoyna.com

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