Star Wars in a Boy’s Bedroom
Boy’s Bedroom for a Star Wars and Dinosaur Fan
When Tobias was ready to transition to a big boy bedroom Ursula Wesselingh was asked back by his parents to help transform his room making sure the space felt warm and welcomed his love of both Star Wars and Dinosaurs.
This is Tobias’ room – a bright, happy space that I designed when Tobias was ready to transition to a “big boy” room. It wasn’t the first time I had worked with the family: I had been asked to design his nursery a few years earlier, and when his little sister came along, I designed hers as well.
The brief was for a stylish, calm and happy bedroom, based on grey, in-line with the rest of the house. The carpet was already there (I specified this when I designed his little sister’s room), so we chose a warm grey for the walls to tone with this and repeated the colour with roman black-out blinds in vintage linen. In North-East facing rooms, grey can look a bit cold, to add warmth to the scheme, we accented with yellow, ochre and wood – which also worked well with the Victorian tiles in the fireplace.
“It’s a funny mix but it works, they stop the room from feeling too themed and above all it’s Tobias’s room and he loves it, and that’s what matters most.”
We re-used the lovely white house cupboards from Tobias’ nursery – these are perfect for clothes and toy storage – and off-set them with Whimsical Stars wallpaper. It set the scene for a light-touch star and sky theme, inspired by Tobias’ love of Star Wars. Some of the accessories, like cloud and star cushions and a raindrop throw, fit loosely with the theme, as well as his Star Wars books and figurines. But as Tobias’ also loved dinosaurs a lot, we added removable dinosaur stickers in unexpected places (on the skirting next to the bed and on the picture edges), as well as dinosaur bunting and his wooden dinosaur models. It’s a funny mix but I think it works, they stop the room from feeling too themed and above all it’s Tobias’s room and he loves it, that’s what matter most.
Tobias had outgrown his cot bed and was really excited for his next bed to be a bunk. As the room was relatively large, a perpendicular set-up worked well. It fills out the space nicely, avoiding the “furniture around the edges” look, whilst still leaving ample floor space for play – a highly prized commodity in kids’ rooms! We fitted stair protection to keep the top bunk off-limits until Tobias is old enough to use this safely. A little shelf under the top bed is filled with favourite possessions, and a bean bag creates a comfortable spot for his parents at story time.
As Tobias had started school, we further zoned the room with a corner for a desk. Beautiful books, prints and knick-knacks are displayed on picture ledges above. In the corner left of the fireplace, a metal toy trunk and bear bag make for great looking storage and quick tidy ups.
Tobias’ parents were over the moon with the resulting space, which can be easily adapted as Tobias grows. Tobias loves his beds to bits and can’t wait for the day he can sleep on the top!
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Tobias’ room was designed by Ursula Wesselingh of Room To Bloom, see more of her wonderful children’s interiors here.
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