A young girl’s room for her to love (me, not so much)!
by Rachel Nikolic, Interior Designer
If you’ve been following my painting adventure; you will know about my resolution to repaint the whole house by Christmas… I’m a little behind.
We are a family of 5 with a European lineage. I have dark hair, hubby is dark and olive and children 1 and 2 are both brunette beauties… BUT number 3 was born a blonde princess in every stereotypical way!!
Princess Z loves everything pink and everything the colour pink represents… I abhor all such clichés. So when it came to repainting her room I tried every tactic in my book to keep the choices in my range, not hers – all the while knowing I was never going to win this one!
After getting over the my distress at the inevitable use of the colour pink in my house, comes the decision “which pink?” Colour being my “thing” and a 7 year old client, the process starts…
A pale pink, while a more subtle selection, I felt would date too quickly for a 7 (going on 17) year old. The mid-pink range seemed too commercially over done, and although I was more drawn to a “barely-there pinkish-grey dusty rose” type… this wasn’t to the client’s liking (Princess Z is turning out to be quite the client at this point!).
Knowing the colour would be on her walls for some time, it became about the longevity of the colour. Ensuring I could contrast the pink for a child-like room now, and harmonize the scheme for a more mature palette as Princess Z grows.
Colour combinations that appear in nature will always work, look to your garden for inspiration.
Making pink mature means making pink “dark”, coordinating with deep plum, maroon or burgundy. For the childlike now contrast with brights; aqua, lime, teal or yellow. This is how to ensure the colour choice can grow with the child.
For now the work is done and our blonde princess couldn’t be happier with her very pink room! The experience hasn’t changed my anti-love of pink, but I do have a better appreciation of it. I think I’ll like it better when she grows into the more mature palette.
The next update will not be quite as bold!
Have fun with colour – life’s too short to live beige.
Cybele Masterman (Bele) trained as a beauty therapist, aromatherapist and journalist. After working as all of the above has found herself on a quest for a beautiful and meaningful life that doesn't cost the earth. Follow on google: +blahblahmagazine twitter: @blahblahzine or Instagram: BlahBlahMagazine