How to Style your Nursery

How to Style your Nursery

Welcome Home Baby – The Nursery Style Report

Chloe Spillett gives us the lowdown on

how to make a fantastic nursery.

 

For many, from the first moment we learn we’re expecting our attention will turn immediately to the nursery. It’s hard to resist dreaming up the most beautiful spaces imaginable for our new arrivals. It’s a wonderful time filled with much joy and anticipation.

Of course, not everyone will feel this way. For some, tackling the nursery is daunting. Lots of us opt for the smallest room in the house for the nursery and with such an extensive Wishlist, there can be a LOT of stuff to cram into a small space. But it doesn’t have to be a chore. I’m here to help you make informed choices about the products you really need, and while I’m at it, I’ve got some jaw droppingly beautiful options up my sleeve.

With a background in psychology I’ve always been a firm believer that our surroundings are fundamentally important for our sense of well being and our personal development. This is true not only for baby but for other family members who will be using the space too. The nursery is a place where many memories will be formed, bonding will take place between caregivers and siblings. The more inspiring the environment you and your baby are in, the more likely you will attach positivity to those memories. And yes, there will be sick. And poo; lots of it! But believe me you will even look back on that one day with fondness.

“whether you have a good sleeper or an all night raver,

a cot is an essential piece of kit”

Sleep like a baby…

Where did that expression even come from? Is it meant to be ironic? Regardless of wether you’ve got a good sleeper or an all night raver, a cot is an essential piece of kit.

So what’s money well spent? Thing is, it’s hard to tell when your little one is going to be ready to transition from cot to bed ( I know you probably don’t want to think about them getting too big, but it happens) and sometimes we think they’re ready before they really are. So to save all that to-ing and fro-ing, a cot-bed is definitely a viable option and can also be kinder on the bank balance long term. That said, this one is certainly an investment piece but boy does it make a statement! It’s chrome plated and built to last so if you’re planning on larger family it’s well worth considering. Available in a range of colours, it’s a timeless classic.   

For a more modest budget these mini-cots by Mokee are a great alternative. Simplistic by design, they come in a range of wonderful yet unexpected colours.

Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine
Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine

All Change!

There’s no two ways about it- changing nappies is relentless. Even if you’ve never changed a nappy before in your life (I hadn’t before I became a Mum) you’ll soon be doing it in your sleep.  Although change tables are a popular choice, they aren’t always a necessity. There are lots of changing baskets and wedge mats available to ensure baby can’t roll. This way you can pair with more timeless furniture such as a chest of drawers which will still have a place in an older child’s bedroom. Future proofing is always a good idea.

Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine
Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine

Storage is key.

Stuff, stuff, stuff!! Little people come with a lot of baggage. If you want a relaxing and calming space in your nursery you’ll need to pull out your A game when it comes to storage, but don’t fear- there are plenty of options!

I often get asked about soft toy storage. Cuddly toys are wonderful for development and eliciting role play and nurturing behaviours. As a child I must’ve had hundreds but the truth is they can also house unwanted bacteria and dust mite and can therefore trigger allergies. I find the best solution to tackle this is to have a few soft toys dotted around the room and place the others in easily accessible storage and then rotate.

These bags by Nobodinoz are a great option:

Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine

Or for a cheaper alternative check out the range from H&M

Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine

For everything else the trusty foldable crate never fails!  But which colour?

Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine

Learning through play.

This last decade has been pivotal for children’s play, toys and accessories. Long gone are the days when the market was completely saturated with unpalatable bright colours and plastic galore. Don’t get me wrong babies love colour and so do I, but I am really enjoying the fact that there are so many products now available that appeal wide range of tastes whilst also ticking all the boxes when it comes to play value, developmental aids and style and beauty.

These are my top picks:

Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine
Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine
Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine

Come Sit with me a while

Most people will be divided on the nursing chair front. On the one hand its really important that you have somewhere super snuggly and to feed your baby; you could be warming the seat several times a night after all! But on the other hand nursing chairs can be big, bulky and not winning any prizes in the aesthetics dept. There are few that break the generic mould but this one is really championing in the style department.

And if you’re still not feeling the nursing chair you could always opt for an armchair that will make a statement in any any room in the house such as this one:

Stylish Children's Bedroom Ideas

For more inspiration from Chloe Spillett check out her work below.  If you’d like more nursery ideas you can read our Nursery Edition for free by subscribing here.  Oh and don’t forget to tell your friends all about it.  

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Eleanor Bowmer – Nursery

Eleanor Bowmer – Nursery

Teddy’s Nursery And More

Rooomy talks to Eleanor Bowmer about nursery planning

and becoming a creative legend

 

Eleanor Bowmer is a Textile Design and Illustrator based in Manchester. Mum to Norie and baby Teddy and of course Frank her French Bulldog. Eleanor went freelance 5 years ago and her rainbow and tiger adorning empire has grown from there, with recent product launches in John Lewis and Partners! With the arrival of baby Teddy and the Nursery Edition coming up I had to take this great opportunity to pick Eleanor’s brain about the Nursery and how she pulled it all together. 

“My dreams and goals are getting bigger all the time. I’ve always been a very ambitious person,

sometimes it doesn’t pay off but when it does the feeling is amazing!”

RB – When/How did you get into art and design?

EB – I studied art and design at college followed by a foundation course in Art and a degree in Textile Design. My dad was an artist in his 20’s and taught Art at degree level so it’s in the family.

RB – When you began designing is this where you imagined yourself?

EB – That’s a hard question to answer actually. I dreamt of it, but I didn’t ever think it would happen. I didn’t know how to make it happen. My dreams and goals are getting bigger all the time. I’ve always been a very ambitious person, sometimes it doesn’t pay off but when it does the feeling is amazing!

RB – What have the last few years has been like going from designing cards and prints with Frank on your lap, to having your own studio and seeing your first mug collection being displayed on the shelves of John Lewis and Partner?

EB – The last year in particular has been a whirlwind mixture of excitement and being terrified. Until I saw them on the shelves in JL myself I wouldn’t believe it. It’s been a big year of decision making and risk taking, so far it seems to have paid off. It really has been incredible.

RB – Last year you launched your first wallpaper collection for kids. Had this always been a plan of yours or did this come from customer demand?

EB – No, nobody was asking me for wallpaper. I wanted some cool wallpaper for my daughter’s room so I thought I’d design some.  Thankfully it’s been a big hit! I’m a trained wallpaper designer which is where I started, it hasn’t come from nowhere!

Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine
Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine

RB – When you designed Teddy’s nursery where did you begin? What led the design?

EB – My own head! I had my wallpaper in mind and then went with colours I love. I like an eclectic mix but thoughtfully put together. It isn’t quite there yet but almost!

RB – Do you mood board or do you start with the first piece of inspiration and take it from there?

EB – I always have a bank of images and artists I love as inspiration.

RB – You have a second kids wallpaper collection out now, was this always the plan or did it simply happen because you needed a design for Teddy’s room?

EB – A bit of both!

RB – As Teddy’s was your second nursery to create, did you learn anything from the first one that you did differently?

EB – Well they’re both different gender which is great so I really got the chance to explore different colours with both. I was really happy with Norie’s room, so I just went with gut this time too!

RB – What are your three must haves for a New-born?

EB – Patience, routine and faith that it will pass, or do you mean products? haha. Top 3 products would be a Ewan the dream sheep, a cosy blanket and plenty of muslins.

“Go with what you love and it will all come together perfectly.

If in doubt, don’t be too fussy with prints – keep it simple and bold” 

RB – What advice would you give first time parents when it comes to sorting out their nursery?

EB – Start with a colour palette and build on it. Go with what you love and it will all come together perfectly. If in doubt, don’t be too fussy with prints – keep it simple and bold.

RB – For your stunning nature and animal inspired designs – who or what inspires you most?

EB – I love botanical art, which I know is quite a stark contrast to my designs, but I honestly love the detail and am so in awe of the realism!

RB – Apart from your wallpaper, what is your favourite thing about Ted’s room?

EB – His cot! It was Norie’s and was from Cottage Toys. Expensive but worth it!

RB – If money was no object what would you buy for your nursery?

EB – A machine/robot of some sort to do the night feeds!

RB – Yes, good idea!

 

Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine
Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine
Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine
Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine
Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine

To check out Eleanor’s wonderful products, take a look at her site here, currently only open on the weekends. Her wonderful mugs can be found here at John Lewis & Partners and if you want to check out her hilarious daily updates why not follow her on Instagram, she makes me smile every day.

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June Q&A – Nursery & Kid’s Rooms

June Q&A – Nursery & Kid’s Rooms

June Q&A

Readers have their interiors questions answered by the professionals.

 

For this months Q&A we turn to two child interior experts who have contributed to Rooomy since it began and their advice and work is consistently perfect. London based designer Lisa Mettis of Born & Bred Studio. We love her decisiveness and we think you will too. And Edinburgh based designer Patricia Hoyna of Studio Hoyna who always encompasses exactly what her little clients are looking for and more.

I’m trying to decide on a neutral grey for my nursery, any suggestions?

Lisa says: Ahh yes, the colour of choice not only in nurseries but all over the house. Take into consideration the feel you would like in the room. If you like light and fresh, I would go for a versatile white grey such as Blackened by Farrow & Ball. If you prefer something a little more traditional and cosy, Chic Shadow from Dulux and if you’re considering going to the dark side, Farrow & Balls Downpipe Grey is a great option as it will showcase all the child’s bright belongings. 

Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine
Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine
Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine

What are the best wardrobes, if built in is not an option?

Patricia says:  It does depend on the style of your home and room, so here are two opposites to consider;
For contemporary rooms I’d use Ikea PAX wardrobes, they are great in terms of budget and variety of configurations. Top tip: go as tall as possible.

For eclectic rooms, a beautiful vintage wardrobe or a tallboy would make a great addition, you can get them from eBay or second-hand shop at a fraction of a price, and if it is not in mint condition it can be easily painted, plus the door knobs can be replaced. There are so many fantastic designs to choose from these days, so get creative! 

Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine
Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine

Patricia’s Top Tip – when choosing paint for your child room go eco. Many conventional paints include heavy metals, formaldehyde and nasties known as volatile organic compounds, or VOCs for short. Those VOCs are transmitted while painting – and for up to five years after your paint has dried, so even paints with ‘low’ VOCs can have a negative impact.

Rooomy recommends Edward Bullmer, all paints are non-toxic and they now have a children’s swatch too, check them out here

Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine
Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine
Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine
Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine

Designers often talk about how important layering is.  Can you explain more about what layering is and how best to achieve it? 

Patricia says:  When you think about layering, it’s probably easier to explain in relation to fashion.  The addition of a scarf, a hat or a necklace makes an outfit more dynamic, personalises the look and turns basic into unique. It’s the same with interiors, the furnished room is your base layer, then it’s all about creating interest, comfort and depth by adding decorative objects. Layering is an act of shaping the room from the ground up, taking all individual design elements and pulling together a cohesive look.

To do it right, you need to take into consideration the following key elements:
Flooring: wood, carpet, vinyl
Wall coverings: Paint, wallpaper
Furniture: sofa, table, bed, bookshelf, side tables
Lighting: ceiling light, table lamps, floor lamps, ambient lights, candles
Soft furnishings: rugs, cushions, blankets, throws
Decorative objects: flowers, vases, books, sculptures

Now focus on building the room by adding the layers, the most effective way to do it is through juxtaposition, for example, a rich velvet will look even richer when placed against a coarse linen.

Think colours, patterns, textures and scale. Pair shiny with matt, rough with smooth, bold with calm. Chose contrasting materials and group large and small items together. Keep an open mind, play around with many samples, fabrics, flooring, paint and so on. Look at them at different times of day, see what works for you.

Layering up a room is not just about choosing an interesting combination of textures, colours and objects but the effect they all have on each other.

That is why successful design does not begin with choosing one paint colour or one upholstery fabric, in fact, falling in love with a particular design and being determined to use it in a room without considering it as a whole, is often the biggest cause of people not achieving the look they want.

The art of design is about finding a family of textures and colours that will live happily together.

Stylish Children's Bedroom Ideas
Stylish Children's Bedroom Ideas

My children share a room, they love this which is great for all is us.  However, as they are getting older they (8 & 5) are into very different things and have quite different tastes, one is into all things red and ballet, the other is all about her life being pink and being as grungy as possible.  How do I create a personal space for each of them within the same 4 walls?

Lisa says:  I’m working more and more on shared kids room. Its lovely combining their characters and watching them embrace sharing their non-adult space.

Storage is so much more important in a shared room there’s double the belongings and no doubt every corner will be taken up with, toys, books and clothes. I particularly love having a wardrobe or locker each for clothes and an additional shared locker or wardrobe for toys, books, arts and crafts. Its also the perfect place for a shelf each to house well ‘whatever they want’. Lockers are great as you can use magnets to display artworks and hooks to hang dress up off.

Chalk board or magnetic paint can also be a great option for allowing your children to express their different personalities not just through mark making an art but as a backdrop for their love of different things. (e.g. painting a wall with chalk board paint solid or mutual style and placing hooks for dress up, ledges for books for each child. Chalk boards paint comes in such a wide array of colour’s now. Benjamin Moore is my preferred brand with over 1500 colours available.

You could also allow the children a storage ottoman each at the end of their bed where they can display (and hide) there special items. A personal treasure chest that clearly defines their territory in their shared space.

Lisa top picks are; Lockers, Ikeas wardrobes and end of bed storage.

Colourful Child's Bedroom, Circus Themed Room
Stylish Children's Bedroom Ideas
Stylish Children's Bedroom Ideas

If you have something that is bugging you or maybe you just simply want to know the best shade of paint to use and life would be that bit easier if a professional just told you the answer, then please send your question to hello@rooomy.co.uk and we’ll get back to you.

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Nursery Wallpaper – Top 5

Nursery Wallpaper – Top 5

5 Best Wallpapers for Nurseries

 

Rooomy Nursery Edition is out now,

showcasing some of the best products for nurseries including wallpaper

 

If you want to wallpaper your nursery please know that you can put ANYTHING in there, just like you would in a kids room, it does not have to be cute or babyish, simply you need to love it! I whole heartedly believe this, you only need to check out the interviews in this issue to know how true this is. However, with that in mind it made choosing wallpaper pics for the nursery issue pretty much impossible. There are a lot of designs available that made my teeth itch so I have avoided them and have selected 5 designs that I think will create a wonderful atmosphere for you to get to know your new baby. You have no idea what they’ll be into so just choose what you like, you’re doing all the work right?!

 

Little Letter Studio

Awesome Alphabet

I like this design because it is clean and playful. The illustrations are smart and the animal and item choices to match the letters of the alphabet are not always obvious which I love. Children will love to discover all the details in this fun and quirky wallpaper. Designed with gender-neutral colours. You will find a Golf playing Gorilla, a Frog sitting on a Fox (Cat would not be happy, if you haven’t read ‘Oi Frog’ then please do), a UFO and lots more.

Jungle Themed Wallpaper, Gender Neutral Nursery Ideas, Leaf Print Wallpaper

 

 

Jungle Themed Wallpaper, Gender Neutral Nursery Ideas, Leaf Print Wallpaper
Jungle Themed Wallpaper, Gender Neutral Nursery Ideas, Leaf Print Wallpaper

 

 

 

 

Nobodinoz

Gold Stella

 If you can be brave and go dark on your nursery walls, this wallpaper will look incredible and create a really cosy soothing atmosphere for you and babe, just imagine sitting under these night sky stars with some low mood lighting while you manage the night feeds, enchanting. The designers have selected the perfect colour tones making sure they are warm darks not cold, very important for a nursey or kid’s room.

However, fear not, if dark is not for you Nobodinoz offer the same great design sign in white and blush.

 

Wild Hearts Wonder

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There are several alphabet wallpaper designs on the market but people don’t often think about numbers! Thankfully the ladies at Wild Hearts Wonder have and they have brought their unique art work of animals to the table here. The numbers themselves are not too obvious so you never feel like you’re a play school setting, but I think most parents will love being in a room with such beautiful illustrations surrounding them and when your babe becomes a toddler they will love counting the animals and getting to know what they are and probably naming them. I’m already wondering what those cheeky masked racoons are up too. And the Mumma bears doing different activities with their cubs, wonderful.

Leaf Print Wallpaper, Jungle Themed Nursery, Gender Neutral Nursery Design
Leaf Print Wallpaper, Jungle Themed Nursery, Gender Neutral Nursery Design

Hibou Home

Stars

Babies love large shapes, they will gaze on these big stars and feel in awe of the world around them. Colour contrasts are very soothing for babies, whilst also stimulating them, but not too much, we don’t want that. This design will also last a long time, great for future proofing your nursery to last for several years, if you can keep them from picking the wallpaper, or was that just me as a kid? This design is Star gazing at it’s most stylish! It is available in three gorgeous shades: Blush, Silver and Stellar Blue. The Silver and Stellar Blue colourways have a subtle metallic finish on the Stars.

Leaf Print Wallpaper, Jungle Themed Nursery, Gender Neutral Nursery Design
Leaf Print Wallpaper, Jungle Themed Nursery, Gender Neutral Nursery Design

Galerie Home

Circus

If you do want a traditional feel for your nursery but not too cute then this circus design has wonderful, vintage style illustrations and comes in three different colour ways. The design has lovely little details for young eyes to explore, from the balancing, umbrella carrying mice to the saxophone playing meerkats. All the characters are going somewhere and have something to do, another great way to be chatting nonsense to the latest addition to your family, they will love the sound of your voice, they will stare at you as you natter away and a visual prompt like this is always helpful for a tiered parent.

Leaf Print Wallpaper, Jungle Themed Nursery, Gender Neutral Nursery Design
Leaf Print Wallpaper, Jungle Themed Nursery, Gender Neutral Nursery Design

 

If you love one of these and go for it, please let us know, we love to see your pics, tag us in a social post or email them to us hello@rooomy.co.uk happy decorating!  If you have any questions about your nursery design please get in touch as we’ll get our professionals onto it.

For more nursery inspiration check out our latest edition of Rooomy Magazine, the Nursery Edition.  You can subscribe here for free and it will be sent straight to your inbox.

Walls, Walls, Walls

Eleanor Bowmer – Nursery

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Maya’s Pink Girls Bedroom

Maya’s Pink Girls Bedroom

As Long As It’s Pink

 

Patricia Hoyna was asked by Maya’s parents to design a room for their daughter as a surprise birthday gift.  Here Patricia talks s through the project

 

Maya’s parents asked me to design a room for her as a surprise birthday gift, to be completed while she was on holiday.  It was a great project to work on thanks to Maya’s parent’s openness and understanding of their daughter’s desires.

Previously the room was dark, cluttered and lacked character.  Before Maya left, I had a very casual conversation with her; Maya is 8 years old and her favourite colours happen to be light pink and dark pink!  She likes to dance, draw, play with shopkins toys, and listen to Ariana Grande.  I wanted to create a really cool and funky room that would express the little lady’s lovely personality and would grow with her.  From her mum I knew there was a need for extra storage that would accommodate not only Maya’s clothes but also some of theirs, as the apartment is quite compact, so the old chunky wardrobe has been replaced with a slimmer but taller version, that way we’ve gained more room without compromising on storage space.  The bed had to stay so we’ve painted the woodwork it the same colour as the walls to blend it nicely into the scheme and changed the covers –an easy and inexpensive update!

I truly believe honouring the children’s wishes is crucial when designing a space for them, so the starting point was the pink.  I thought of how to incorporate it into the room without being obvious. I focused on playfulness, feminine energy and transition from childhood to adolescence.

To create a harmonious scheme, there were few factors that had to be considered: the location, orientation of the room and temperature of light. In the North light is originally more greyish, so I chose the pink with blue undertone and pared it with Wimborne White for a touch of warmth and softness and sprinkled it with black polka dots.

“There are clever ways of introducing colours into smaller doses that will make everyone happy”

Colours have great impact on our wellbeing, psychologically pink it is a positive colour that inspires warm and comforting feelings, the lighter version has calming effect, the stronger shade has been linked with confidence and energy, but I guess Maya already knew that.

To honour the little artist’s creativity, I framed a selection of her beautiful drawings in black and white frames.  I added lots of additional lights on different levels, new pendant, the spotlights above the wardrobe are remote controlled and dimmable, a reading light by the bed, table lamp for homework and some lovely fairy lights around the window that produce soft glow, perfect for falling asleep.

To enhance the feeling of cosiness a variety of textures were added. A big plush rug on the floor, super soft blankets, and some scatter cushions in different finishes, colours and patterns. I will tell you a secret-the blind was made from Ikea throw like this one (I have the image from Ikea). Sometimes when the budget is modest, all you need is a trip to haberdashery and some DIY skills.

“Discarding kids’ wishes teaches them that their voice doesn’t matter, and we wouldn’t want that would we?

So dear readers,

If your child tells you that their favourite colour is Kermit Green, go for it! We react to colours on emotional levels and feel very strongly about the ones we love and hate, so even if it doesn’t go with the rest of the house, there is a reason why your child picked it, find out why they like it and let them have it, you don’t have to paint the walls in it, there are clever ways of introducing colours in smaller doses that will make everyone happy. On another note, discarding kids wishes teaches them that their voice doesn’t matter, and we wouldn’t want that would we?

Patricia Hoyna is the founder of Studio Hoyna, she has contributed many wonderful rooms to Rooomy and you can check out more of her work and how to get in  touch with her here.  

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