If I stick to Maxwell's 80/20 color rule — 80% neutrals and 20% strong colors in a room — I think I can just about get away with some of the crazily colorful fabrics I've fallen in love with. Pearl's new bedroom will have white walls (cool neutral), bamboo floors (warm neutral) and white or wood furniture, which leaves plenty of scope for colorful curtains, artwork and accessories.
In a parallel dream life I would be fabric shopping for Josef Frank and Jobs Handtryck designs. But as my budget is more towards the IKEA end of the spectrum, I tracked down some more affordable alternatives. Hus & Hem and the Swedish Fabric Company are two great resources in the UK for Scandinavian fabrics. After a lot of deliberation, Pearl and I shortlisted these two — Fox Grove on the left and Kvitter in pastel on the right — as possible curtain fabrics.
This IKEA kitchen uses Fox Grove wallpaper and gives a better idea of the scale and pattern. I absolutely love the leaping foxes and the soft, dreamy colors.
These gorgeous cushions made by Andshine show the Kvitter fabric. 'Kvitter' means 'chirp' in Swedish, apparently.
I was rooting heavily for the foxes, but Pearl was adamant that she wanted the 'red birdies', so Kvitter it is. I’ve placed an order for curtains with a local company and fingers crossed they will be ready in time.
My other big project for Pearl's room is to replace the threadbare carpet with bamboo flooring. Here it is stacked up in the garage.
I was a bit nervous about how it would look, but I absolutely love it! The bamboo pattern is quite subtle and it has a lovely light color. My husband has already laid it in our bedroom and it feels really solid underfoot. The only downside so far is the stink of glue. I am hoping it will dissipate soon, but I am starting to get a bit edgy about VOCs.
We are starting to get all the pieces in place for a Scandinavian-inspired child's bedroom. I just hope it all comes together in time!