Whether you’ve just had a baby or your children are already growing up, furnishing your child’s bedroom is something dear to every parent’s heart. You want them to be happy in their environment, but the practical aspect is also important. It’s their bedroom, but more often than not it’s you who tidies it up! No surprise really, as your little ones are not really old enough to join in and help. And when they do reach an age when they could help, their enthusiasm always seems to evaporate when it’s time to tidy up! We’ve asked two experts to give us some advice on furnishing your child’s bedroom: Antoine Libaud (Galipette furniture photographer) and Emmanuel Meslet (Galipette furniture designer). They look at decoration, safety, where to position the bed and how to create the perfect living space in the bedroom. Check out their guide!
What is your ‘ideal’ design for a child’s bedroom? Which furniture should it include?
Emmanuel Meslet (E.M., designer): First and foremost, a child’s bedroom should help them to develop in a safe environment. But the room should also be functional, for the child as well as the parents.
In terms of essential furniture for a child’s bedroom, there are three key pieces: a bed, chest of drawers and wardrobe. For everything else, each parent should arrange the room according to its specific features (light, space etc) whilst bearing one all-important rule in mind: never clutter the room.
What’s the best way to ensure a child’s bedroom is a great place for them to be? Is there an ‘ideal’ way to arrange the furniture whilst ensuring the child is safe?
Antoine Libaud (A.L, photographer): let me give you an example of a photo shoot. When we carry out a shoot, the aim is to create a cosy feel even when working with small spaces. As a starting point, we usually form a triangle with the pieces of furniture (bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers or changing unit). This layout enables us to fill the space in the room. Then we add other items such as throws, rugs, paper or cardboard light fittings, or other wooden ornaments. For nurseries, we sometimes set up the cot and changer parallel to one another for practical reasons.
At the same time, for safety reasons, we need to bear in mind that a changer must never be placed under a window, and a cot must not be too close to a radiator (for nurseries). Finally, as a general rule, it’s a good idea to fix furniture to the wall in children’s bedrooms for added safety. This helps prevent furniture falling over, wardrobes in particular.
How do you ensure a child’s well-being when designing your furniture?
E.M. (designer): In terms of well-being, when I design a piece of furniture, I put the emphasis on the functional aspect as well as paying particular attention to the child’s safety.
Another thing for parents to bear in mind when buying a piece of furniture for their child’s bedroom is to check that the products carry the NF French standards label.
What advice would you give for lighting a child’s bedroom? What’s the best way to address the problem of light for a child?
A.L. (photographer): Use as many small lamps as possible in a child’s bedroom. You could try using coloured lamps. What’s more, if you want to maximise the use of colour, dark coloured walls are best opposite or perpendicular to windows or doors. In addition, you can use filtered lights in warm shades such as yellow, orange and red.
Don’t forget, though, to bear safety in mind when using lamps. I would advise avoiding lamps where the child could access the bulb. It would be best to go for LEDs that do not get hot, even when left on for long periods.
In today’s world, do we still need to use different decor for boys and girls?
E.M. (designer): No, not particularly. Using pastel colours means you can break the classic ‘blue for a boy and pink for a girl’ rule. What’s more, these pastel colours are really trendy. The most important thing is simply to create a warm and comforting environment.
What’s the best way to create distinct ambiances in a child’s room to differentiate between different spaces (such as a sleeping area and a play area, for example)?
A.L. (photographer): To create two atmospheres in a child’s bedroom, I would suggest two possibilities that may also be combined: either use different colours on one single wall, or create two distinct types of floor using different colours and coverings.
As a children’s furniture photographer and designer, how do you work together to create different visual spaces especially for children?
A.L. (photographer): We each have our own role and we complement each other. A designer is generally better at choosing colour combinations depending on the types of furniture, whilst the photographer puts forward their ideas regarding the camera angle, how to arrange the furniture and position doors and windows to let the light in.
When we create children’s bedrooms, the designer makes sketches on the day of the brief. This brief can be in the form of a document or meeting formulating design suggestions, like a set of specifications. These sketches are then used for the photo brief.
E.M. (designer): A large part of the work consists of exchanging visuals in the form of sketches, mood-boards (images, texts or items representing different trends and arranged on a board, used to structure the creative process), photos of decorative items etc. Once we have set the creative tone, the rest follows naturally.
How do you find your sources of inspiration for your child’s bedroom designs? How do you identify home decor trends?
A.L. (photographer): We search for decoration ideas and pointers on Pinterest, Houzz and Instagram etc. We also identify trends via influences such as Youtubers, bloggers and Pinterest groups. We also check out new trends at house and home decor shows.
E.M. (designer): We find our inspiration by being really curious and constantly on the look-out. We draw on decor magazines, blogs and international shows. These provide us with what we need to identify key trends.Tags :