It's week 4 of the one room challenge which means it's time to start getting into some of the details for the space! If you're just tuning in, I'm designing a bedroom for niece. My goal is to create a space for a now 7 year old (her birthday was last week!) that will hopefully grow with her for years to come. She has been angling for a "rainbow" themed room so that's the direction we're going in. I've been adding in my own global sub-theme so that we can bring in a lot of color in a way that is more eclectic and cool and less juvenile.
It wouldn't be a bedroom without bedding, so that is where the main focus was this week! As much as I love color and print, I'm a firm believer that a space does need some neutrals in order to ground it. When you're looking at a space, you need a place for your eyes to land, and too much color and print without it can feel overwhelming. Enter the crisp, white duvet. There is not much I love more in life than crawling into bed with a fluffy duvet and freshly pressed sheets. I want to give my niece that same luxurious feeling, so my hunt started with the perfect duvet cover. I lucked out finding a white duvet with a beautiful embroidered border which helps tie it to the rest of the room. It has adorable pink and orange tassels on the ends as well, so it definitely fits with the global vibe I've been going for.
With the duvet in place, I wanted to pull in some additional throw pillows to help tie everything together. I got a boldly embroidered euro sham to define the head of the bed, and another fun and fringed pillow as well. And since I can't resist a monogram, we had to add that in with the perfect orange hue.
The final piece of bedding was the sheets. If you've been around a growing child, you know that they change their minds on their likes/dislikes quiet frequently which can make designing a space for them a little bit tricky. Maybe they love rainbows and unicorns now, but will they love those things as much a few years from now? Since most people don't redecorate their children's bedrooms as quickly as their children change their minds, this is a huge consideration when coming up with a space that they love now, and will also love a few years from now. When I design a space for a growing child, I try to keep all of the investment pieces more age neutral so that they can grow with the child. Then I pick a few smaller places to really go after their current obsessions. A safe bet is always with the sheets. There are only two places in this room that I plan to bring in literal rainbows and the sheets are one of them; here's why. First, sheets are relatively inexpensive, and they are also worn hard, so they will most likely need to be replaced in a few years anyway. Second, the child gets to sleep in her sheets and feels very connected that you've brought her likes into the space. And finally, the sheets can be covered by all of the other bedding, so let's say you don't share the same love of a certain theme that your child does, a made bed solves all. I consider these adorable rainbow sheets a huge step up from those of my own childhood. Over the years, my sister and I between us had printed sheets of He-Man/She-ra, Ranbow-Brite, Strawberry Shortcake, and Jem. Hello 1980's.