For a child, a bedroom is more than just a place to sleep. It is a place to do the schoolwork, listen to music, play games, sprawl on the floor, rough-house, read, build models, daydream, visit with friends and keep innumerable precious possessions. You’ll need to plan carefully to create a room that serves all these functions and still is be comfortable and inviting — and has enough staying power to require only minimal redecorating every few years.
Here are some suggestions by Interior Designers who risked to enter the little one’s world: Created by Wayne Nathan and Carol Egan from a design by their clients’ son, a dramatic bunk bed that doubles as a puppet theater is a beloved hangout in a Manhattan family’s townhouse; the Ant chairs are by Arne Jacobsen.
In her Westchester County, New York, house, decorator Katie Ridder mixed feminine pastels with Indian details in a punchy but sweet bedroom for her daughter Gigi; the Bungalow 5 lacquer chests flank a headboard by Lisa Fine crowned with a whimsical cornice.
For Jackson Hole, Wyoming, boy’s bedroom, the late designer Randy Ridless saluted the Rocky Mountain setting with a rustic bed fashioned from hand-carved logs by La Lune Collection, along with vintage oars and walls upholstered in a sporty Fabricut plaid.
Jonathan Adler covered a lampshade and canopy bed with vintage pink gingham for a girl’s bedroom on New York‘s Upper East Side; the jungle-animal wallpaper is by Cary Leibowitz, the custom-made wool rug is by Adler, and the Chippendale-style vintage highboy is boldly lacquered acid-green.
A vibrant Lichtenstein-inspired Pop Art mural brings a playful tone to a children’s room designed by Sonali Purewal for her South Delhi home; the bloom-shaped lamp casts a soft glow.