Hugo’s Bedroom Reveal | Q&A with Designer & Mom, Melissa Leclair

Accent wallpaper feature, shiplap ceiling, brass lighting, and perfectly styled open shelving… it’s safe to say that this little boy’s bedroom is unlike any other. But that’s what you get when your parents own a design firm. We’re chatting with Mel who is both Design Director and mom to four year old Hugo about all the details in this beautiful, playful room.

Q&A

Q: What was the overall style direction of this project? How would you describe the vibe of this space?

A: Moody and modern with a hint of rustic charm. We wanted it to feel like a kids room dressed in its best, but still cozy enough to lounge, play, and build forts in.

Moody and modern with a with a hint of rustic charm in this beautiful, playful  little boy's bedroom by Ottawa design firm Leclair Decor.

Q: What was your favourite part of the project?

A: Picking the wallpaper. We selected three options for Hugo to choose from and he was so excited to be included in the process. From there, we picked the paint colour (Fatigue Green by Benjamin Moore). Sacha was a little nervous about going so dark on all four walls, but we absolutely love it!

Moody and modern with a with a hint of rustic charm in this beautiful, playful  little boy's bedroom by Ottawa design firm Leclair Decor.

Q: Do you typically hang art on a wall with an accent wallpaper feature?

A: You don’t necessarily have to because there is already a lot of visual interest, but you definitely can. I think it’s nice to have an extra little something above the bed to catch the eye. When choosing art to place over patterned wallpaper, look for something with a significant matte or border to create some visual separation.

Moody and modern with a with a hint of rustic charm in this beautiful, playful  little boy's bedroom by Ottawa design firm Leclair Decor.
Moody and modern with a with a hint of rustic charm in this beautiful, playful  little boy's bedroom by Ottawa design firm Leclair Decor.
Moody and modern with a with a hint of rustic charm in this beautiful, playful  little boy's bedroom by Ottawa design firm Leclair Decor.

Q: What are some key factors to consider when designing/decorating a child’s room?

A: It’s their space, so always try to incorporate as much of their personality and taste in the design while still keeping it cohesive with the rest of your home. Also - storage. You can literally never have too much storage in a kid’s room. Hugo has a full dresser as well as nightstands with additional storage to help contain the overflow of books and toys.

Q: How did you hone in on the colour palette?

A: The wallpaper really dictated the main colour in this space, but Hugo’s favourite colour is yellow so we knew we had to find a way to incorporate it. Fortunately for us, yellow pairs beautifully with the deep green and gold hues in the wallpaper. He loves his room!

Moody and modern with a with a hint of rustic charm in this beautiful, playful  little boy's bedroom by Ottawa design firm Leclair Decor.

Q: How does the design process differentiate between Leclair Decor clients and when you’re designing spaces for yourselves and your family?

A: We try to stick to more or less the usual design process, but it’s less structured for sure. I don’t know why but I think a ton of designers would agree that designing for yourself (and actually getting anything done in your own home) is the hardest thing to do!

Q: With the accent wallpaper wall, the shiplap ceiling and the dark and moody green paint colour - were you worried it would be too much?

A: Oh, good question! I don’t think so. Other than being a little nervous about the dark walls (which quickly proved to be an excellent choice) we were all about it! Kids’ rooms are the perfect place to be a little extra ;)

Moody and modern with a with a hint of rustic charm in this beautiful, playful  little boy's bedroom by Ottawa design firm Leclair Decor.

Q: What is your favourite piece of furniture in the space?

A: The bed! I love the colour and how seamlessly it could fit into any space. I have no doubt that as Hugo grows up and his personal taste evolves, this bed will grow with him. It’s so versatile that way.

Check out the Juniper bed here from LD Shoppe.

Moody and modern with a with a hint of rustic charm in this beautiful, playful  little boy's bedroom by Ottawa design firm Leclair Decor.

Q: What is Hugo’s favourite part of the space?

A: Hugo loves the mechanics of machines and is so curious about how things function and work, so he loves that there are actually little men working inside the animals on the wallpaper to make them move. It’s so perfect for him!

Q: Where are the gorgeous knit teddies from?

A: Cuddle and Kind! It’s the cutest little company!

There you have it: all the behind-the-scenes details of little Hugo’s beautiful bedroom. Do you have any other questions for Mel? Leave your questions in the comments below and we’ll get them answered.

 

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Wallpaper is from Finest Wallpaper

Wall colour is Fatigue Green by Benjamin Moore