Soft fairy lights drape over a white metal bed frame shaped like a house, under which a single mattress sits. At the other end of the room, colour-coordinated kids’ clothes hang on an exposed clothes rack made from rose gold-coloured pipes.
This chic bedroom belongs to a five-year-old girl and was designed by her mother, who believes that decorating a child’s bedroom does not mean furnishing it with mismatched bedsheets and hand-me-down furniture.
Parents these days are willing to splurge on practical and stylish rooms that their children will not outgrow.
Friska Frederica, 33, says: “I didn’t set out to build my home to be photographed. It’s not a show flat. But I’m a homebody and I destress at home, so I like my home to be pleasing to the eyes. If the space looks good in real life, it will most likely look good on camera too.”
It helps that she is also a freelance interior stylist. But, she says, her daughter’s photogenic room is fully functional and is used for play and sleep on a daily basis.
The family moved into the executive maisonette apartment at the end of 2016, when their daughter Elora was one-and-a-half years old.
“We thought about whether it’ll still work in five to 10 years’ time”
Instead of painting the walls of Elora’s room purple, the girl’s then-favourite colour, Friska decided to go for a more neutral palette to ensure it will last beyond the childhood years. She eventually went for white and light grey walls.
“We didn’t want the room to be too childish because kids grow up so fast and they also get bored with things easily. When doing up the room, we thought about whether it’ll still work in five to 10 years’ time,” she says.
Other than kitchen cabinets and a wardrobe in the master bedroom, there are no other built-in components in her home. She says she prefers the space to be flexible as she hopes to change it up as their family’s needs evolve.
In her daughter’s room, Friska did away with a platform bed and placed the mattress on the floor instead for easy access and to prevent falls. She also sewed a pink cloth tent that hangs from the ceiling to carve out a cosy reading corner for Elora (see photo above).
“We wanted to make everything accessible at her level so she can confidently manage tasks by herself,” she says.
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