When hubster and I first moved in together twelve years back we both loved modern simplistic designs. In our second home we made changes based on what we'd learnt over the years - cream carpets are nice but unrealistic for the long term and if you have babies you're throwing money away, chocolate and beige colours were lovely back in the early noughties but dark colours in average sized homes absorb natural daylight and MDF based wooden flooring looks chic but can be cold, slippery and too modern in some homes.
Over the years, I realised I do love a good modern design. Your house is an extension of your personality rather than showcasing decor trends, show off your personality. Textures in a range of varieties, patterns and finishes are sure to make any home feel warm and comforting and if you're going down the 'trend' route then watch how you mix it in a room setting. I've always loved colours, prints and feminine designs - so much so at one point I craved prints, pastels and glitter everything but like my wardrobe, I realise those younger girl decors are gorgeous but really not suited to a thirty-something. Taking a step back to reconsider my options I realised there's a fine line between having a grown-up, feminine style and a younger feminine style.
So, younger girls feminine decor looks something like this...
These rooms consist of pink - lots of pink tones, fluffy textures, bold tones, heart and pretty furniture, gold, leopard and chandeliers. Grown up decor looks something like this...
So what's the difference?
Colour | All rooms feature one very feminine colour - pink. The difference between the younger and the more grown up room relates to how the colour is used. The younger room design has pink covering more walls space, it's bold, pink and monotone. The more adult rooms have partnered their bold tones with cooler neutral walls.
Clean colours always look chic and set a great base for all rooms, the key to keeping it grown up, however, is to take your base and then add layers - a layer in the form of textiles, another layer in the form of lighting and another layer in the form of accessories. Each layer should be in a variation of colours and textures rather than just one or two colours in the paint box.
Textures | Feminine looks are all about soft textiles typically, in younger rooms you tend to see fluffy carpets, cute shapes rugs, bright plastic lighting, accessories in sequins, glitter or fluffy boucle pillows, blankets and throws. Prints wise there tends to be less print but when you do it tends to be leopard print, hearts, animals, characters, polka dots or cute quotes. Again the lack of colour and the huge dose of cute is too young for grown-ups.
The more mature rooms have variations in the tones of colours, flooring tends to be neutral or wood, including wood effects. Cushions are normally in a variation of sizes and materials and it's best to clash your prints to get a really personal feel for who you are and what you like. As for bedding you want to work your yin and yang - if you have bold accessories it's best to opt for more neutral toned bedding, don't be shy about going for textures or prints as long as it's a neutral toned set; this also works in the opposite way, if you have bold bedding you can opt for more neutral textures or a lighter palette for your textile accessories.
Factor in your flooring, your headboard, any light shades or curtain treatments. Mixing light curtain voile's with heavier cotton curtains, mixing wooden flooring with tightly woven rectangular or circular rugs and soft faux cashmere or boucle blankets draped over a chair or the bed so not to take up too much of the bedroom's overall look. Glass, plastic, brushed textures, raw looking Hessian's, nude canvas or wrought iron, beaten up metals, silks, satins, faux furs, leather, suede's and vintage woods or wood effects all look great together - yes you really can go all out on the amount of textural materials in your room, just consider the colours.
Shapes | Decor suited to younger children tend to have a lot of the same shaped accessories and furniture styles - hearts, cutouts and standard furniture either painted with pretty chalk paints or in pink wood effects looks great for younger children but as an adult it looks too cutesy.
To up your game why not consider using unconventional pieces, shelves made railway sleeper beams as side tables, headboards made from reclaimed metals or woods to give it a unique appeal - if you prefer to deck out your room with more conventional pieces why not consider personalising them with varied drawer pulls in mixed textures, adding leather pulls to drawers and chest with no pulls at the point of purchase or giving new life to a vintage chair with great curves. The key is to make the most of your space and to give your space an injection of your own personality - maybe you have some amazing cut out style paper bins that you adore, why not spray paint those with a metallic gold paint to really get a wow but sophisticated effect, you can also always use those as side tables in the same way the image above has pink ones?
Geometric shapes and clean lines are always going to look chic, take for examples the photo frames in the room above, they look classic but put together in that setting they really pull it together - children's room, however, may opt for the coloured frames, in a range of shapes with diamante and crystals.
Setting The Room | Once you have your base down and you've decided what colour palette you're going for it's now time to set the rooms atmosphere. Children tend to set the room with toys, fun gadgets and computers - as an adult you want to steer away from lots of gadgets if you can. Photos and pictures in frames are a great way to add personality, vases with flowers (faux or real), trays with your favourite bits and pieces, hooks to hang your favourite jewellery from or shelves with your favourite books. If there's a dress you adore why not make it a focal piece - hang it from a beautiful hanger on a hook so it takes pride of place on your wall. If it's a gorgeous outfit that your baby wore, why not frame it and hang it on the wall? Basically, take a few of your favourite things and have them on display or nearly on display (in accessible boxes, wire baskets or similar storage is fantastically chic).
Scent | The last thing to consider is fragrance. The scent of a room can really instil a specific emotion so considering the scent in your bedroom is key to setting the mood. Reed diffusers, candles, drawer liners and even burners are all excellent choices. I know you may be thinking, drawer liners - Is she crazy? I swear I'm not crazy and scented drawer liners are so perfect for adding that little bit of scent to your undies and knitwear (and junk) as well as protecting your drawers, they're even better in junk drawers and makeup drawers as you don't need to deal with scrubbing stains and marks off the base. You can get so many cute liners too these days. As for candles there's nothing better than a heavily scented one that releases scent even when it's not lit - Yankee Candles, Hunter London, Diptyque and Jo Malone are all luxurious options which can be reused for storage once burnt, reed diffusers can be refilled and just left to envelop your room and burners can look chic but of course are the most risky. If picking more than one scent try to consider how they'll smell layered up such as baby powder, white floral and amber scents smell amazing together, berries scents go with everything and floral notes tend to smell terrible with food types of scent.
So, who's going to start their room re-plan?