We’ve just come back from visiting friends in Copenhagen – I worked out that we’ve been friends for almost 15 years. In that time they’ve lived in 3 countries and we’ve stayed with them in all of their apartments. We’ve also all got married and had kids; their youngest will turn 1 this week.
As we visit pretty much every 6 months, the evolution of their space to suit their family requirements is pretty obvious, perhaps in a way that it wouldn’t be if we saw them all the time. We’ve been pondering for weeks what to do about our impending arrival and how we will house them in our tiny north London place, and it was on the plane home that we got to thinking about kids bedroom ideas and whether we might try and replicate our friends solution: swap rooms. We take the smaller room, and we turn ours into a kids bedroom with a cot and bunk beds, along with all the toys.
I’ve started looking through blogs and website, and pinning some ideas which have appealed, looking to see whether a theme is emerging – although aside from a Scandinavian aesthetic and lots of white to go with the orange and mint nursery theme I’ve chosen for the new baby, I haven’t got very far. There’s a lot to think about; aside from storage for Pip and the new baby’s clothes, we also need a changing station of some sort and some more cohesive way to organise the toys. Both rooms already have a neutral carpet and walls, although if we do swap rooms, there is also a red feature wall, although in both cases, I’d quite like to paint this a dark grey, which I think is more restful.
I measured the space in the smaller room last week and I am pretty sure we can fit in a small single bed (or perhaps even the bunks) but that wouldn’t leave much room for a cot. I am increasingly convinced that swapping rooms might be the answer to the space problem, although it doesn’t address the fitted wardrobes in our room – could we cope with our wardrobes in the kids bedroom?
That said, if we did swap rooms, I might be able to get out the tipi that I made Pip for her first birthday, which she loves but there isn’t really enough room for at present. After all, every blogger’s child needs a tipi in their room, right?!
The one thing I have realised that I like, having scrolled through reams of photos, is good use of space, cohesive furniture styles (even if it is *just* some Ikea and John Lewis bits) and not too much colour, aside from bedding, toys and books (and my orange cot, of course!). Most of all, it needs to suits Pip (and the new baby’s) needs first and foremost.
Any suggestions for me? Which room did you give your kids?