I can track the eras of my tween girls’ lives by the colour of their bedrooms. The first baby I brought home was a pink one so it follows that she would have a pink room. Because brand new mum. Because stereotypes. Because pink. Even though I was somewhat unoriginal in my pink nursery styling at the time, I will lay claim to rocking blush pink well before Kmart told us it was trendy. There was no way I was doing bright lollies-and-fairy-floss-baby-girl pink even though everyone bought the new baby girl bright pink everything.
As that child grew, her first “favourite colour” emerged as purple and so it would follow that she wanted her room to be purple too. Spew. But, again, like her mother, this child deserves credit for preempting the 2018 Pantone Colour of the Year (Ultra Violet #doublespew) one decade before the professionals told us it was trendy.
Then a little sister came along. And because we had done pink and purple already, this child’s early years were spent in a yellow room. It was a light, airy and lofty space – one of my fave rooms of that house, in fact. We mixed many pretend cakes in her mini kitchen against a backdrop of happy yellow walls, and read bulk books tucked up in her mini bed under the optimistic glow of yellow.
Years on, a new house brought new options for their evolving tastes. I encouraged them to embrace my preferred Scandi styling aesthetic but we all know kids don’t do bland. They need colour and inspiration, sprinkled with workable mess. Small child chose red and we still live in that era with her. Large child chose blue but we have seen many manifestations from dark navy to sky blue to her new fave “Tiffany blue”.
A bit like managing staff and the organisation of their workspaces, I’ve come to learn that you must also mostly leave your kids to design and create their own unique bedroom spaces. Spaces that will make them feel comfortable and safe. And I’ve also learned that the more you empower kids to own their spaces, the cleaner and more organised those spaces remain. Lucky for me, the girls inhabit an entire top floor section of our house (read: out of sight of general traffic) and their bright red/navy/Tiffany blue havens don’t impact on my Scandi zen. Perfect.