Creating a kids room that will fuel their creativity without challenging your own aesthetic values can be a delicate balancing act – see our edit of kids room inspiration for ideas. However, it's much easier if your child’s decorating style perfectly aligns with your own. That was the case for House of Hackney founders Frieda Gormley and Javvy M Royle and their daughter Lila. We caught up with them for a chat about the debates and creative freedoms that went into the design of her room – an explosion of playful, maximalist joy.
Frieda: A child’s bedroom is their own personal sanctuary – a place for their imaginations to retreat, a space to start calling their own – so we wanted Lila to only pick what she loved. She’s at a stage where she has one foot in the world of Sylvanian Families and the other in skating fashion. We both wanted a bright, fresh room that felt timeless and that will almost grow with Lila. The print itself is inspired by heritage patterns, but the pops of bright colour bring a splash of modernity into the scheme.
Lila: I wanted the room to be my room. I’ve never decorated a space before, so I was really excited about choosing something that had all my favourite colours in it. I picked the print because I love pinks and greens and I have a bright-pink corkboard that I painted myself, where I can pin all my favourite things, like photos of my dog and my best friends. My friends really love how colourful my room is. My favourite thing is my Sylvanian Families house – it's basically a miniature version of my room!
Frieda: Lila chose the Emania print as the basis for the room and, like mother like daughter, chose to use as much of it as she could, including on the walls, curtains and bedding. Somehow even Santa got his hands on it as, lo and behold, we awoke to find her Sylvanian Families furniture upholstered in it on Christmas Day! Using one print throughout brought harmony to the room and created a beautiful blank canvas for dressing it with Lila's art and beloved "stuff ".
Lila: Mum helped me pick pictures to go upon the wall and I got to do my own painting, which was really fun.
Frieda: Art is at the heart of every room in our home. Along with a painting by Nicolette Vine of a girl called Lila, we framed fairy-tale prints by Molly Brett called The Flower Ballet and Margaret Tarrant's The Fairy Way. Again, we got Lila involved in her room by giving her a blank canvas to paint. Her output was a picture with a motto to live by: "Creativity is the Key!" Now we just need to try and encourage her to keep the room tidy... But perhaps messiness is creativity.
Lila: I think messiness is definitely creativity. houseofhackney.com