We Are Totally Into This Black-And-White Kids’ Room that Still Manages to Be Colorful and Quirky

published Sep 13, 2023
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Credit: Shona East

Kids are, well, kids, so it’s fair to want to splash their bedrooms and playrooms in bright, whimsical colors. But you may also feel the need to pick a color scheme that can grow with them as they age. (Unless you’re ok with repainting and repainting again, in which case, great!)

One parent, Shona East, found a way to combine the best of both worlds for her son’s room by combining fun and sophisticated details while also keeping a sort of neutral color palette that’ll grow with her child, Frank. Here’s how East designed her kid’s space. (Her daughters’ colorful rooms are equally fantastic!)

Credit: Shona East

Grid Wallpaper For the Win

Black and white, which are traditionally more mature colors, might not necessarily pop into your mind when thinking about a kid’s bedroom. However, this kids’ room is completely childlike and whimsical.

East found a white-and-black grid wallpaper (here’s a similar option from Ferm Living) in a grid pattern that adds symmetry to the space. She added drama to the wall by painting half the wall in Farrow & Ball’s “Pitch Black” thentopped the black section off with a scalloped edge to make it more playful. 

“Stripes and scallops are a simple and cost-effective way to add real interest and colour to your home, and all you need is a tester pot,” East said at the time of her house tour. 

Credit: Shona East

And even though the walls are black and white, the room isn’t lacking vibrant color. For example, bright artworks, like Desenio’s “Big Cat” and “Jazzberry Blue — Rainbow Solar System” posters, dot the walls with bright shades. A rainbow rug by Jools Oliver and a pillow shaped like Ziggy Stardust’s face also help to add color to the room.

It’s no surprise that East created a colorful, stunning space for Frank to grow up in — the rest of her home is full of scalloped edges and stripes, bright shades (a lot of pink and green!), and sentimental decor that comes with a story. To explore more of East’s family home, visit the full house tour on Apartment Therapy. 

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