Designing For Toddlers, Tweens and Teenagers
I love designing for kids, it’s always such a treat when parents ask us to help with their children’s rooms. They must be practical yet playful, energizing and soothing. The older the child, the more opinions we have to contend with, but the results below speak for themselves and all made both parent and child very happy!
Toddler – This space was created for twin toddler boys back in 2012 and has since been featured on Canadian House & Home and Elle Décor. Their bedroom is on the third floor of my client’s home in Riverdale. The space was configured following a renovation that transformed this level of their home.
We always design toddler’s rooms with plenty of free floor space. Kids want to play and having a spot that is big enough for both parents and kids to relax and play together is ideal. We used a second life area carpet to anchor the room – this carpet is very robust and will hide a multitude of spills and stains. The sofa provides a great place for a bedtime story. The fixed items in the room such as the bookcases, lighting, dresser and window coverings were designed to grow with the children. The walls are painted Farrow & Blue Skylight which provides a very ethereal glow.
Tweens – This tween’s room was designed as part of a second-floor renovation in my client’s Lytton Park home. It’s a compact room and so every inch of space was utilized well, and the storage installed provided a space for everything and kept the floor area free.
Tween’s still need good floor space, but they also want somewhere to hang out with friends, this bed was designed with a bench / bookcase at the end to provide a place to perch as well as hidden storage.
The bed itself has large storage drawers for bulkier items and the desk area provides a place for art and crafts as well as homework.
Tween Images below
Teenagers – Teenagers can have me quaking in my shoes, they know everything and are very style conscious. This room was a fabulous size and provided my lucky client’s daughter with closets and storage galore. We designed the space in mind so that the relaxing / sleeping end of the room was separate from the hang-out and study end. The low-profile queen bed, visually takes up less space than a standard height bed and the soft grey linen was beautiful with the blush walls and millwork.
The desk and dresser in this room have Cambria quartz countertops – this is a really practical option for a teenagers room – whether it’s make-up or art supply spills, a quartz countertop will take all in its stride.
The full portfolio for this home can be viewed here and the Canadian House & Home video can be viewed here.
Teenager images below.
Credits – Interior Design Gillian Gillies Interiors, Inc. Photography Tim McGhie.