Hugo is a vibrant and curious 4-year-old with a strong point of view on what he likes. We set out to create a fun and unique room for him in our new home, letting him help with the design process in every step. We wanted him to feel creative and comfortable in the new house and by letting him have control over his own space, we knew he'd be right at home.
When we started coming up with ideas for the room, we tried to channel our preschooler's wild imagination.
We wanted a room that was going to reflect Hugo’s personality – bold and cheerful – while still being a comfortable place that he can retreat to for reading, quiet time and sleeping.
He could spend hours creating an elaborate fort in the living room, so putting a brightly colored canopy over his bed made it feel fort-like. He loves spending time drawing pictures and creating imaginary characters, so we wanted him to have a creation station that was all his own. Special zones around the room gave him room to create, learn or just relax with a book. The chalkboard wall has been a great place to practice the alphabet and spelling, which is a favorite activity before bedtime.
We didn't think about a specific style when pulling the room together, rather allowing it to develop its own personality that mirrored Hugo's creative spirit. It could best be described as "Super Bold, Super Fun."
The storage wall is definitely the hardest-working element in the room. Using a combination of the Expedit bookshelf and picture ledges from IKEA, we have the perfect place to store and display books, art and toys. We also have a big, squishy bean bag in the room so Hugo can just plop down with books any time during the day.
Hugo loves spending time in his room – from drawing pictures at his little table to curling up with books in the bean bag, it’s ended up being a perfect place for him to sleep and play. I am so happy he was involved in the process of creating it. His offbeat creative touches totally make it work. It’s not a perfectly styled room. It’s a real four-year-old’s room.