“Planes, trains, trucks and toys. There’s nothing quite like little boys.” -(Anonymous) Whether they’re splashing in mud puddles or digging for worms, these little balls of energy have a soft spot in every mama’s heart. Today, we’re focusing on these lovable little ones, specifically when it comes to their bedrooms! Charlotte’s Margaret Fisher with Margaret Fisher Interiors shows us firsthand how she created a sweet little boy’s room for two brothers. So enjoy this sweet post and “Let’s Hear it for the Boys!”
BACKGROUND: With an eye for Southern design with a contemporary twist, Margaret Fisher Interiors is a full-service firm specializing in residential interior design. Our goal is to help clients create memorable and livable spaces.
Designing a child’s room should always be fun. What better space to let your imagination run wild? Specifically a room created for the young men in your life. When a client found out she was having a second boy, I was thrilled at the prospect of designing a room to be shared by brothers.
Although I technically had my own room as a child, there were a few years that I decided to keep my sister company. Luckily she was a sweet and accepting big sister. Those memories of playing, story telling, and hushed giggles after bedtime are some of the fondest of my childhood. Siblings share a special bond and I think that giving them a happy space to be themselves is important. No matter the size of the room or budget.
My approach to a boy’s room is the same as any project. I start by measuring the space so that I can create a to scale floor plan including the ideal furniture placement. This helps you know what size rug, beds, tables, etc. will appropriately fit the room. Often there are some existing pieces to work with and those should help guide you with scale and color. With these first steps completed you can narrow down your search for the perfect items.
Now for the fun part… layering in additional colors and textures with more furniture, bedding, window treatments, lighting and accessories. In this particular case, my client inherited a pair of Chinese red twin beds and one bedside table that were in her father’s house growing up. A house with four boys no less! I loved the sentimental value of the pieces and I loved the idea of starting with such a strong color.
To contrast the red finish of the furniture we decided to use a soft, warm blue on the walls. I chose one of my favorites from Benjamin & Moore’s Historical Collection, Yarmouth Blue. The goal with the wall color was not just for contrast, but to also to compliment. With that in mind we chose to use blues on the floor as well, and I suggested adding a fun geometric pattern. One of my go to sources for area rugs is The Rug Market. They have a great selection of rugs that are current, durable and competitively priced. This is where I found an 8×10 Conway Blue rug that fit the room perfectly. The benefit of working with a small room!
Next we needed age appropriate art for the walls, a bedside lamp, bedding, and window treatments. Considering the budget, we hit the local flea market for some art inspiration. We were lucky to find six already framed illustrations from a children’s book that were the perfect size for over the beds. Because the prints and the furniture are a bit traditional I wanted to do something more contemporary for lighting. The white Jonathan Adler Giraffe lamp was an easy sell. And if I had my druthers, the existing white ceiling fan would be replaced with Alexa Hampton’s Sophia 17” flush mount fixture in polished nickel by Visual Comfort.
Keeping with the crisp white of the table lamp, I found linen curtain panels at IKEA to frame the single window. If the budget had allowed, I would have removed the existing 2” white blinds and have my work room make custom curtains panels with black out liner. The client has one great sleeper, and one not so great, so the ability to block natural light would be ideal. If they were to upgrade, I propose a navy ticking with polished nickel grommets and curtain rods.
We did WASHABLE white blanket covers on the beds with navy down throws and patterned sheets. The blanket covers were a gift, the throws are from The Company Store, and the star sheets are a favorite from Serena & Lily. As a thank you gift to my client I had fabric monogrammed and my work room made accent bed pillows. L&M Monogramming of Charlotte, NC and Wanda Gordon of East Bend, NC never let me down.
Add plenty of books, balls, a black lab, and big stuffed animals and your boys room in complete!
Thank you, Margaret! We love the look of this room and your 3 feet clients look very pleased too! For more information about Margaret see below. *For more visual fun from Interior Canvas, keep reading below!
Margaret Fisher / Margaret Fisher Interiors
Here at Interior Canvas, we thought it would be fun to hop on Pinterest and see what other cute little boys rooms we could find. Well it didn’t take us long! Enjoy some of our finds as we continue to “Hear it for the Boys!”
(All Interior Canvas’ pictures via Pinterest)
Charlotte Interior Design Blog