The Breakdown: A Princess Room that's Not Pink

Emily Meyer |
(The girl's room in the home of Tea Collection founder Emily Meyer. Photographed by Melissa Kaseman / Lonny)
This morning, as I carefully straightened the Hello Kitty and Batman sheets on my toddlers' bunk beds, I thought to myself: Wouldn't it be amazing to give them a kids' room they love that didn't have a single cartoon character in it?

Something, perhaps, along the lines of this sweet yet sophisticated space in the California home of Tea Collection cofounder Emily Meyer. The mix of dark hues and metallics, the graphic patterns, that wallpaper: this checks all my design-loving boxes. Below, four of the room's essential elements.

Nina Campbell Perroquet wallpaper | Lonny.comTHE WALLCOVERING Perroquet Wallpaper NCW3830-04 by Nina Campbell 

WHY IT WORKS The pattern sets an immediate tone for a truly "decorated" space. Roses, parrots on pedestals, and a smattering of ornamental cherries sure beat the sight of Frozen's Elsa and Anna any day. 

 Well, it's certainly an investment. If your child is the sort to scribble everywhere with non-erasable marker or to want to tack up his or her art projects all over the room, you may want to rethink.

THE TODDLER BED Sundvik Bed Frame by IKEAIKEA Sundvik Bed |

WHY IT WORKS Similar to the model in Meyer's home, the bed is comfortably cocooning, and its dark hue helps it disappear against the walls. Pale sheets and an array of bright pillows pop as a result.

KID APPROPRIATE? Definitely, and at $149, it's a relative steal. The IKEA model is also extendable, which means it can be lengthened as your child grows.

THE POUF Silver Moroccan pouf by Maison Marrakech
Maison Marrakech |

Like the ever-popular (and newly haute again) bean bag, poufs are a hot seat for the under-10 set. They're cozy, low to the ground, and hold up well to a good jump session. These Morocco-made versions come in bright colors or metallic leather.

This pouf was practically made for kids. Bonus points for the subtle gleam of silver, which feels princess-like enough without actually having a princess on it.

DwellStudio Draper Stripe Rug | Lonny.comTHE RUG
 DwellStudio Draper Stripe Black Rug

 This is one of our go-to floor coverings, from one of our favorite brands. Its strong, graphic lines and neutral yet eye-catching palette can help pull other diverse patterns in the room together.

 Design-loving parents all over the country swear by this product. In sizes that range from 2'x3' to 9'x13', it's versatile as well as timeless. 

I'm the former Executive Editor of Lonny.
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