After so much talking about it... here it is, Dylan's room is 'completed' and I just can't wait to show it to you... As you all know I created the concept of 'nurture' and worked with it throughout the design process. Here is my concept for your reference:
Because the room is quite small, and the wall space is very limited as we have not one, but 2!!! built in wardrobes in these walls, I knew that my challenge was to make good use of the available wall space and maximise it.
The layout allows empty space in the middle of the room so we can spread out toys, dance, have ballon parties, etc. and I wanted to organise the wall space so that it had defined areas with different purposes. Children are very good at associating tasks with places, so a good way to encourage certain behaviours is to make them associate a particular spot with an activity.
So I went back to my concept of 'nurturing' and brainstormed different aspects that I wanted my space to nurture in Dylan's life... and came up with 4 i's:
individuality, imagination, interests & independence
This is how the room ended up having 4 defined areas, each of them with the purpose to fulfill the different 'i', and I let my concept of nurturing guide me through my decorative choices.
Dylan does not like to sleep by himself, he is very attached to his mummy. And that's ok, we have prepared his cot which turns into a big boy bed, for whenever he is ready to sleep on it. The beautiful print by Marta Abad reminds him that his mum will always be with him when he needs it.
The lovely lion head by Ella & the Roo represents Dylan's personality, he is a Leo and definitely behaves like one ;) As much as I love animal heads that are so on trend, I have to say I needed to bring it to life somehow so Dylan understands this beautiful lion is meant to be in the jungle, not hanging on his wall... this is why I went with the gorgeous fern leaves from Zilvi which are incredibly versatile.
The most charming corner in Dylan's room, the one dedicated to his imagination. Him being a child who gets stimulated very easily, it was important not to over decorate the space, and allow emptiness and simplicity so that his imagination can run wild. This little corner is where every night we set up our Rangamati quilt and have a 'quiet' play time, if there is such a thing!
My little client loves drawing, and painting, so much that he always goes overboard and ends up graffitiing his furniture. This is why I thought that having a 'black canvas' would be a good idea, so he can unleash his inner artist without so many restrictions, and to nurture his creative interests.
This little area is partially behind the door, but that does not mean it cannot look utterly pretty! It's the small area dedicated to his independence. The peg rack has been hung at a height that he can reach, so he can learn how to grab his jacket. The basket stores his shoes, another big step towards his independence, as he loves trying to learn to put them on - he already mastered the art of taking them out ;) The wall decal in his native language encourages him to get out there and learn new things, and the growth chart on the very left keeps records of his growing need for independence.
The room is ever evolving, and as you can see I already have 2 versions of the main wall and cannot really decide on one!!
I developed a colour palette inspired by my concept of nurturing, and went with a subtle contrast between blue-green shades that represent water and grass vs. earthy tones and oranges that represent the earth.