Aviation-Themed Kids’ Bedroom

Using an airplane bed as her centerpiece, designer Dahlia Mahmood relied on creative design elements to create this eclectic kids’ bedroom.

When Designer Dahlia Mahmood was given the task to design an aviation-inspired room, she pulled out all the stops to complete a fun design that was perfect for a kids’ space. Using an airplane bed as her centerpiece and including aviation details, like dresser drawers made to look like suitcases and hand-painted sky murals, Mahmood created a room that would inspire any young boy’s imagination

What were the main items on the family’s wish list?

The room was designed for a little boy, whose father has a love for flying. In hopes that his son would follow in his footsteps, he asked for a room that would inspire a curiosity in aviation.

What was the single largest challenge you wanted to address for this client?

Almost every concept is too large for the actual space. After all, how can the vastness of the sky be recreated in a bedroom? Designing children’s rooms, however, is a chance to imagine wildly without the consequences of it being over-designed. The murals hand painted on the walls create an illusion of depth without taking up any space at all.

What was your biggest obstacle in this space?

Designing this bedroom, we came across the classic form vs. function issue. Much of this room was designed for aesthetics and dramatic effect, but we also wanted it to be practical for the child as well as his nanny. Designing the jet, we envisioned a grand form jutting out of the wall. Building it, we realized that the wings and propeller could potentially become an obstacle. So we softened the design, reshaping the wings and propeller to be short but not stumpy.

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