Monique Lhuillier's Decorating Tips for the Perfect Kids' Space
Iconic bridal, ready-to-wear and accessories designer Monique Lhuillier has a keen eye for sublime silhouettes. Her new collaboration with Pottery Barn Kids is no exception. With everything from princess-worthy bedding to classic leather club chairs, the designs reimagine her signature use of thoughtful detail and whimsical mixology. We caught up with the designer to inquire after her best decorating advice for kids spaces. Keep scrolling for her tried-and-true tips.
Lhuillier favors a tranquil color scheme in her own home, which served as inspiration for the collection. "I often design my interiors with soft muted colors," she tells us. "I then look to textured furniture pieces and colorful modern art to accent the space." With elements of delicate detail and quiet, lush tonalities, her children's furniture line is the picture of subtle sophistication.
"I approached the Pottery Barns Kids collection the same way I would my bridal, RTW, and accessories collection: by being detail-oriented, using interesting materials, and creating pieces that have a timeless feel to them," says Lhuillier. "My knowledge of fabrics and color combinations makes it a seamless transition to interior design."
The designer suggests applying a similar philosophy to kids' rooms. Select balanced colors that feel calming and graceful. "As your children grow, you can evolve the space and design to reflect their personalities," she states.
Her Pottery Barn collaboration features a beautiful mix of materiality, from chambray to Mongolian lamb. "I pulled prints from signature seasons and played with different color palettes and materials to invoke a sense of calm," she tells us. "I infused tranquil colors such as warm gray and cream with my children’s favorite colors: blush pink, seafoam green, and navy blue." The result is a serene and whimsical collection to alight any child’s imagination.
Mixing materials lend a transitional voice that will grow and evolve with children as they get older. Peppering in playful details also makes for easy updates down the line. "I love to mix different textures together in both my bridal and ready-to-wear designs, as well as in my home. Mixing materials and color add interest and dimension," she says. Her favorite materials to combine in a kid’s space? Luxe linen, tulle, and leather. We’re loving the masculine-feminine juxtaposition.
"Designing for children allows for more playfulness and whimsy," Lhuillier states. “It’s important to me that a child’s room reflects their personality, inspires creativity, and brings a sense of calm to the lives of the parents and children." A curated color palette of serene, soft hues and fabrics with a delicate yet durable hand fit the bill. “For me, design is a personal choice, so there are no don'ts,” she adds. “Do what makes you feel inspired. However, when in doubt… less is more!”
"The collection is whimsical, ethereal, and modern, without compromising functionality," the designer tells us. "I wanted to create a collection that marries the functionality needed for baby and kids’ spaces with contemporary and whimsical design elements that both parents and kids would love."
"Stick to a color palette that works for you and adds in accessories," says Lhuillier. If keen to have your child participate in the design process, she suggests fabric selection as a jumping off point. "I start with a pre-edit of fabric selections then ask them what their favorites are," she confides. "From there, I incorporate their preferred selects of art, hobbies, colors and books into the room."
When it comes to the age-old question of where to splurge and where to save, Lhuillier suggests investing in meaningful works of art while keeping smaller details frugal. “My suggestion would be to splurge on art, as it will live on as they grow, but save on accent pieces such as pillows and other accessories.”
Finally, we asked the designer if she had to choose, what would be her favorite piece in the collection? "My favorites are the butterfly chandelier that’s designed to look like a draped beaded necklace with the butterflies loosely flying around it, the lamb tuffet, and designer dolls. They give a hint of fantasy," she tells us. It’s fit for a little princess.
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