Black for a Kid’s Room

Here are some pictures of the first room we have decorated in our new house.  Of course it was the kid’s bedroom!

Since I was a little girl I have wanted to have my own home to decorate and since we started dreaming of owning this house (nearly 3 years ago — it’s a long story!) I have been spending my day-dream moments designing the kid’s room. From the off-set I knew which colour I wanted to go for and most people I told were not too keen on the idea. Thankfully my husband liked it and 2 weeks into having finished painting I can tell you that I am so happy with the choice.

We painted the walls in Farrow & Ball’s ‘Down Pipe’ with ‘All White’ ceilings and wood work.  Whilst some people might have thought we were mad as March Hares I knew that the kid’s endless array of colourful toys and their bed-linen would be set off really well against the dark back-drop. Other room details:

  • Music Box: My Son & daughter have one each as their Christening presents from us, they were bought at Pollocks in Covent Garden.
  • Bunting: From a shop in Stockholm but I saw some lovely bunting here and Etsy has some great bunting.
  • Balloon: Given to us by friends who bought it in Brazil but I found these which I think are beautiful..
  • Cloud Lamp (daughter has orange, son has blue): from Ikea.
  • Maileg red wooden pram with Maileg mouse in: My daughter so loves her Maileg mice in matchboxes.
  • Old train: from my local antique market.
  • Apple crates (which hold (most) of our kids books): I bought some from antiques markets and some from e-bay.
  • Owls: Big one was from Mia Wood in Kew Village (but about a year ago) and the small one was from Zara Home.
  • Son’s Bed Linen: Orla Keily Home.
  • Monkey cushion on Son’s bed: by Blabla.
  • Daughter’s bed: my Dad made (!!!) but it is painted in ‘Elephant’s Breath’ also by Farrow & Ball.
  • Daughter’s bed linen & quilt: Both from Zara Home.

Mo. x


Comments (19)

March 14, 2011

The rooms look gorgeous and I love the dark colours. I painted my son’s room grey, but we will be moving soon and I think I will go even darker next time. You’re right, the toys and accessories create enough colour on their own.

March 14, 2011

Wow, this is gorgeous. I loooove the colour you chose for the walls. I think it’s a gutsy move in a kid’s room and you’re right, it totally works. Especially as there is so much colour. Love the idea of the apple crates for books. I really love all of it…. amazing job!

March 14, 2011

very very nice…love the colour combinations!
In my head any new kids room we will move in to will get at least one very dark wall….dark grey or dark blue… I like that because you can add cute bright things and it looks stunning!
Love the maileg pram!!!

Courtney in London
March 14, 2011

I LOVE the colour! It all looks so beautiful. The dark grey looks so warm with all the colourful objects in the room. Will you come decorate my children’s rooms?!!!

March 14, 2011

I’m totally in love with all these toys and I’ve been looking for a balloon but never found any I like! Another favourite item from this room is the music box, just stunning! I love Zara Home too, they have many wonderful things and they change them so frequently it makes me feel I’m in a little market 🙂
Thanks for the links and the tips!

Esther in Amsterdam
March 14, 2011

Very beautiful Mo! And it instantly gives this minimalist, modern look to the rooms without being cold or boring. Great decorating! x

March 14, 2011

It’s lovely!! Down Pipe is one of my favorite F&B color and you have made a beautiful children’s room with this!

March 14, 2011

I wouldn’t have chosen a dark color myself, but this room looks lovely! The colorful toys really pop. You did an amazing job and i hope your kids love it as well!

March 14, 2011

Really nice and cozy, I also spend loads of time thinking of decoration stuff and dreaming……congratulations

March 14, 2011

Their room looks amazing and the wall colour really works. I love your daughter’s bedlinen and quilt from Zara Home. Are they recent as I couldn’t see them on their website??

March 14, 2011

Hi Natasha
I bought the quilt quite awhile a go from Zara Home (maybe 2 years ago) and the bed linen about 6 months ago – I find they turnover their stock rally quickly in Z. Home and I almost always find something I like – I must have 3 cot-linen sets from there and quite a few sheets and I have 2 quilts (I don’t even have a use for the other one (yet!). I was in there last week and I saw another quilt I liked and I even contemplated getting it, despite the fact we already have too many at home. I think they are great. I also love the PJs they do for kids in Zara Home – I have never bought PJs from Zara Kids and I have never seen the ones they sell in Z. H. in the kids store but they are really cute.

March 15, 2011

I think it’s gorgeous Mo! Love how the dark grey walls offset the colourful toys. Well done!

March 15, 2011

I love your style Mo – my son’s room is painted in a very similar colour, just slightly lighter with a white trim. All other colours really pop against it. Love the crates and the bedding too!

March 15, 2011

oh! I had a music box clown like this when I was little!
Nice kid’s bedroom!!!

March 15, 2011

Well done Mo! I am sure that the whole house will look fantastic!

March 17, 2011

This is gorgeous! My boyfriend wants to paint a room black and I want a gre nursery, maybe we can meet in the middle after all.

April 12, 2011

Same over here ! When I said to my friends I wanted to paint two walls of my son’s room in dark grey, nearly all of them looked horrified.

Now, two years later, I still love the colors and all his toys and decoration are more vibrant, and everybody just love it so absolutely no regrets. When it comes to painting, I think it’s better to make it bold and it’s so easy to redo if needed.

Anyway, I love yours kids bedrorom !

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