Happy Colours: A Bespoke Paint Range for Children

BY Harper's Bazaar Arabia / Oct 6 2015 / 16:58 PM

Interior designer Arianne Kamyab shares how the introduction of colour can transform your child’s environment...

Happy Colours: A Bespoke Paint Range for Children
'Moon Reflection' by Jotun
Happy Colours: A Bespoke Paint Range for Children
'Rose Basket' by Jotun
Happy Colours: A Bespoke Paint Range for Children
'Apple Green' by Jotun
Happy Colours: A Bespoke Paint Range for Children
'Butterfly' pink and 'Summer Snow' white
Happy Colours: A Bespoke Paint Range for Children
'Classic White' and 'Apple Green' by Jotun
Happy Colours: A Bespoke Paint Range for Children
'Dawn' and 'Ice Turquoise' by Jotun

"Little ones are most definitely some of my most discerning clients, and there’s nothing more uplifting than to take their lead on imagination. Rule number one: limit neutrals. However large or small the space, the essential question to ask is, 'how to arrive at the perfect palate?' My instant recommendation is to opt for a bold colour that is a clear refl ection of your child’s ethos and personality. This should cover one accent wall while you choose a gentler corresponding hue for the adjacent walls. Children of any age require an element of variation to allow them to fully engage and explore their inner creativity.

Take the lead from young imaginations

"I would then layer shades of this ‘bold’ colour to add volume to the space using furniture and accessories. One of my favourite magic tricks is to take an antique piece and drench it in the colour of choice. Take a towering Victorian chest of drawers, for instance; I’m sure a five-year-old superhero who loves to hide his wildly precious clutter in secret nooks and crannies would approve of your choice to revive it in the beautiful Moon Reflection paint by Jotun. I also like to cosy up to plump cushions, along with other linens that add texture to a room; these can be plain or patterned in themed favourites, as well as a contrasting colour. If the space allows, why not add a small architectural touch by creating a colour block with steps where he or she can shine and improvise their many talents in the performing arts, undoubtedly a perfect play-date accessory in any playroom or child’s bedroom.”

See more of Arianne's work here.