I find it so, so hard to get my boys' bedrooms right. The last brush of paint hits the wall, I stand back to admire my work, and then they announce that they no longer love robots, dinosaurs are for children ('but you're four and six, you are children') and that their rooms could probably do with a bit more orange in them. Always, more orange. And, as relaxed as I am, I will never agree to paint the walls orange. Never! You just know the moment they move out, they're going to paint their own homes floor to ceiling in tangerine, don't you? I feel faint at the thought.
I sometimes find it strange that my children have so many opinions, and strong ones at that, on interior décor, but then I look in the mirror and know where they get it from. My six year old is the most difficult of the two because he's in a huge, huge rush to grow up. To be big, to be grown up, to be a dreaded teenager. I'd quite like him to be little forever and the choices I make for his room probably reflect that.
We meet in our modern tastes but he wants everything to be 'cool' and I think more about comfort and creativity. It's the battle of sports trophies versus stuffed teddies. I want him to have a room where he can play but he's already moved on to thinking about sleepovers and somewhere to hangout with his friends.
I think there's a middle ground. When we come to redesign and redecorate his bedroom, I'd like it to be a room which reflects the age he is but which also has that grown up (ish) feel he covets ... a bedroom which he loves now but one for him to grow in to, too.
I've spent quite some time thinking about how to do that but when bedroom furniture brand Kindred got in touch with me to share their new Flow range, everything fell in to place. In fact, my son saw these photos and immediately said, 'That's the room I want'. And I can absolutely see why.
If you're not familiar with Kindred, let me tell you a bit more about them.
First and foremost, because it's something I always look for when it comes to buying furniture, I want form and function, and this is exactly what Kindred specialises in. Their designs are contemporary and stylish but are in no way style over substance as they're so incredibly practical, too. It's not statement bedroom furniture; it's all about providing you with great designs that form the perfect blank canvas or backdrop for your personal style. Ideal for modern living!
Of all the ranges, it's definitely the Flow one (featured in dove grey in these images but it also comes in cashmere and white with a choice of matt or gloss finish) which appeals to me most and which I can see working in my home. It's simple, streamlined and unlikely to date. The wardrobes are available in six different widths, the low media unit is a genius idea, and there are two ample chests in the range ... a three drawer bedside version and a four drawer wider one. The designs are uncomplicated, contemporary, and look really, really good.
While I love this room the way Kindred have styled it and while my six year old thinks it's amazing, it's a touch too 'teenage' for him right now. So I got my thinking cap on and tried to find accessories to give him a similar look and feel but in a more age appropriate manner ... and being mindful of not needing to spend too much money to update it as he gets older.
Here's my 'bedroom for him to grow in to' mood board, featuring Kindred and the gorgeous Flow range.
1. Regency blue paint 2. Zigzag bedding set 3. Grey single bed 4. Zigzag knitted throw 5. Zigzag knitted cushion 6. Arrow cushion 7. Native cushion 8. Iso cloud cushion 9. Half moon laundry basket 10. Mini Kubrick armchair 11. Fox print 12. Panda print 13. Black wire noticeboard 14. Foot stool 15. Origami bear lamp
What do you think? I've chosen a lighter, brighter blue for the wall, added more colour and texture in the form of cushions, blankets and a stunning armchair, and chosen prints and patterns more appealing to younger children. And in the background, steady in it's stylish simplicity, is the Flow range ... taking my little one and his room from child to teen. I think it's a winner.
This post was written in collaboration with Kindred. Kindred is available nationally through a network of specialist retailers. Find your nearest showroom here.