When we started designing Harry’s room we knew that it had to be able to do a few things, it had to provide good storage, give him a place to study and give him room for playing now and for chilling in once he’s a bit older. We wanted it to look stylish and to feel like a room that he can grow up with – we didn’t want to be having to redecorate in a year’s time because he had grown out of a particular theme.
The room was a reasonable size and it had a small built in cupboard in the middle of one wall. The cupboard wasn’t particularly suitable as it was too small to use as a wardrobe nor could it be used properly for other storage. The cupboard backed on to Abby’s room and either side of it in her room was an old airing cupboard and another small unusable cupboard. We made the decision to block the cupboards up on Abby’s side of the wall and then take down the false wall in Harry’s room to give him an extra metre of width in his room.
Once the wall was down we had the old doorways plastered over and the ceiling re-plastered. We also moved the light switch to the other side of the door as the door was going to be turned around to open onto the opposite wall as it was a better use of space.
Harry chose grey for his walls and we settled on a colour called Platinum from B&Q. Originally we were only going to paint one feature wall, but I felt that the room was big enough and light enough to not look overwhelmed by all the grey. We opted for a fairly neutral carpet colour with a thick underlay to give it a more luxurious feel.
We re-used the wardrobes but changed the doors and added an extra unit, with shelving and shoe racks. We kept the Ikea Trofast system that housed Harry’s Lego collection and added a white bed frame and white bedside table. As Harry is starting secondary school this year we wanted him to have a decent sized desk to do his homework at. We decided to opt for a black desk to break up all of the white furniture. Lastly, we added some navy curtains to match his bedding and inject a little extra colour into his room.