I recently worked on a fun camo kids bedroom for some lovely clients based in Surrey. Having traded their smaller London home for more space in the country, they wanted to make their 7 year old son’s bedroom special, especially since it’s the first time he hasn’t had to share a room with his twin sister. The design was fully driven by the little man himself, and he loves camo.
Here’s where the room started. They’d just moved in, so it was basically a blank canvas with a pretty view overlooking the garden.
We were able to use a couple of bigger pieces that they already owned (the trundle bed and the chest of drawers), as well as the existing roman blinds. That meant we could focus the budget on the fun stuff. The key requirements for the space were:
- Army/military theme
- Green camo walls
- Space to display lego
- Storage for soft toys
- Space to display school certificates etc.
- Easy-access storage for Beano magazines
The Mood Board
We sourced the camo wall stickers as our starting point, which set the colour scheme for the rest of the bedroom. The muted olive and grey tones were perfect to pull paint colours from, while still being green enough to pass client approval.
We only made a couple of minor revisions to the mood board for this camo kids bedroom. The grey army netting didn’t cut the mustard – it had to be green! We also opted for smaller floating shelves, and less of them.
The Floor Plan
We kept the floor plan largely as-is, because it was the only layout that prevented the bed from blocking the window.
I’d initially looked into sourcing a custom-made canopy to hang above the bed, as shown in the renderings above. But we opted for military netting instead, both for the fun factor and because it was much more budget-friendly. We also thought a rug might be too busy, so we didn’t add one.
Camo Kids Bedroom Reveal
The clients employed Emmerson & Fifteenth to carry the design through to install (versus implementing the design themselves, which is an alternative option). It took two days to paint the walls and apply the camo wall decals, and then a further day for decorating and styling.
It turned out to be such a fun space! The bigger pieces of furniture are neutral enough to grow with the client. And, if he ever gets bored of camo, the army netting canopy above the bed and the wall decals are easy to remove.
A rustic memo board now shows off school certificates. And the mountains of soft toys that used to cover the bedroom now have more comfy places to live in a toy hammock and a military trunk.
Both the dark olive and the sage green paint colours were colour matched to the camo wall stickers, and they’re beautiful tones.
We went for a lighter colour on the top half of the bedroom walls (Wevet by Farrow & Ball), to keep the space bright. Dark olive on the bottom half visually grounds the camouflage design above. We could have done all the walls camo, but this creates a softer aesthetic.
They were wonderful clients to work with, and I know how happy the little guy is with his new space.
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