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Do you believe in taking risks? While I realise risks might not be for everyone, it’s my job as an Interior Designer to help those clients that fancy a few out-of-the-box ideas find a way to incorporate them into their child’s room. For some clients it may be a colourful patterned wallpaper, for others it may be using colours that may not be considered ‘traditional’ for a nursery or kids space.
One thing you may have discovered about me is that I am FAR from traditional. That’s not to say if that’s the style that puts a smile on your face that I can’t help you – I love adapting to my clients way of thinking, but I may just try to get them to push the envelope…. just a little bit.
A way to incorporate a few risks in a space is with the pieces that can easily be removed or updated (think cushions, bedding, accessories) – consider these a ‘safe risk’! But what about if you are wanting to make even more of a design impact? Spend your hard earned cash on these gems!
Colourful furniture pieces for nurseries and kids rooms are becoming hot property right now with retailers recognising that not everyone wants to stick with white or timber furniture. But what if these pieces don’t fit your budget? Consider repurposing old pieces (whether it’s pieces you already own, buy or thrift), there are thousands of amazing tutorials on the net these days that will take you step by step through upcycling!
Do you have bright furniture in your child’s room? Leave me a comment – I would love to hear from you!
One of the common questions I get from parents is “what shall we do with the walls?”. Plain walls can sometimes lack character and wallpaper is fantastic but can work out too expensive for some budgets. So I love to come up with ways to make paint interesting, or use decals and stencils to add impact to my clients rooms.
If you have a steady hand and a bit of patience you can easily create effects like these H+B Kids rooms, all you need is two paint colours, some masking tape and a little bit of imagination!
image - H+B Kids
image - H+B Kids
There is a great tutorial on A Beautiful Mess on creating a statement wall such as this one below using stencils. What I love about it is that you only need a few materials, and your time. The wall can be any colour you like and the same goes for the paint pen – you can go for a high contrast like a dark wall with a light pen, a dark pen with a light toned wall or for a more subtle effect chose the same colour for both the walls and your paint pen with a different shade/depth of colour!
image - A Beautiful Mess
Another idea I used for a client recently is a confetti style wall and you can do this a few different ways. Chose the colours for your ‘confetti’ (in my design we used raindrop shaped confetti) – it can be the same colour (as shown below) or different colours. Cut out the shape of the confetti either using coloured contact/self-adhesive paper or scraps of paper adhered to the wall using double sided tape.
image - Kelly Wearstler
image - It Takes 2
The best part is you can chose any shaped confetti you want – stars, circles, diamonds the list really is endless. For the H+B Kids design we are using different sized raindrop shapes, or you can choose to keep them all the same. Stay tuned for more tips from H+B Kids in the coming weeks!
I love any excuse for a bit of DIY…. it’s a great way to save a bit of money and add a personal touch to your nursery or child’s room design! There are so many great tutorials out there, that are easy to follow so every once in a while I will share one with you on the blog.
One of my favourite sites Chic & Cheap Nursery had fabulous simple but effective tutorial a while back on a DIY Crayon Monogram. I love that you could easily match the colours to your decor if you didn’t fancy the rainbow effect.
All you need is a few materials – a piece of scrap paper, crayons, sharp knife, cutting board, glue gun and a piece of stiff paper. Hop on over to their website for a full tutorial!
Do you have a DIY project you’d love to share on the blog? I’d love to see it – just send through to firstname.lastname@example.org!