KIDS’ BEDROOMS AHOY

KIDS’ BEDROOMS AHOY

KIDS’ BEDROOMS AHOY

 

Nautical Styling for Kids Bedrooms

 

How to achieve the professional approach to styling a kids bedroom

Fi Campos of Cubby Hole talks us through the nautical theme

 

When it comes to designing rooms for little ones, it can often feel as though there are so many practicalities to consider. From layouts to colour schemes, bed types to themes, it’s so important to work out what matters most to you and your child. Once the ‘sensible’ boxes are ticked, it’s time for the creative part to start!

Re-styling a child’s room can be a fun experience, and, if they’re old enough, consulting your little one along the way will help them feel involved in the process and result in a wonderfully imaginative space that is personal to them.

Why not start by creating a mood board together? As well as being a fun crafting activity, it’s such a creative process that can really help spark imaginations, and may even result in some unique art work for their walls!  

Here are some of my top styling tips to help get their room looking ship shape: How to instil hope for seaside dreamers! Nautical stories are the perfect theme to give your kids rooms that happy, fresh, relaxed coastal vibe all year round. Red, navy and white is a classic palette that’s ideal for any mini seafarer, but why not add in a dash of teal for a modern twist?

Rooms with low ceilings
Vertical stripes can really help to create the illusion of more space. This summery striped wallpaper by Arthouse gives a subtle nod to deckchair stripes and pulls the colour of the room together perfectly.

Walls
For little ones who just can’t wait to explore the world, check out this cool vintage world map decal by Oxo Workshop, available from Etsy. Customised to fit your own wall space, this giant map is sure to get little explorers excitedly planning their next trip on the seas.

They’re mad on pirates

If you’re not sure just how long the pirate phase will last but would love to create some walls big on personality, stickers are your new best friend!  With so many options on the market now from spectacular sailors through to fabulous fish, we’re spoilt for choice. 

Whale of  a Time

How cute is this ‘Whale of a Time’ wallpaper by Scion? Available in bright blue or Scandi grey, it creates an immediate feeling of calm, hazy days by the seashore. The ultimate snoozing environment for dreaming of faraway lands …

Inject a nautical twist into the study space with hand painted deep horizontal stripes in Indigo blue. ‘Sea Forever’ canvas from Love to Home.  

For an instant refresh and to give new life to old chests of drawers, try adding some quirky nautical style drawer handles.

Blankets can provide an instant room revamp by adding layers of texture and colour. Try the Elephant Stamp for gorgeously classic stripes.

Finally, a few words of practical advice for achieving nautical style for your mini mariner:  Keep it simple. A reduced three colour palette can work wonders in creating a pulled together room.

Embrace the stripes! Horizontal bands of colour instantly say beach, and work fabulously with ditsy whale prints and plains to break up all the pattern.  Whether you choose laid back beach vibes, pirate, or whale schemes, one thing’s certain, the nautical theme has so much variety that should serve them well for years to come.

Happy Styling!

Nautical, Beach, Ocean…

Nautical Bedroom Accessories

Nautical Bedroom Accessories

Nautical Bedroom Accessories

Bring the beach adventure feel to their bedroom

 

Rooomy’s round up of great accessories for your kids’ bedroom that will give them  

a sense of being on holiday and chilling out.

Bring a taste of the beach and some wonderful texture to your child’s room with this brilliant rug. The little details on the pebbles are wonderful: the designer has thought of everything, including different sizes for the stones to give it a true pebbled beach vibe, just as you would find on Brighton sea front.  All the fun with none of the discomfort

BWall hangings are becoming more and more popular: macramé is having another moment! Considering something different for their walls? Featuring a playful dolphin and the serene yet humongous whale, whose enormity never ceases to amaze us. Perfect for a nursery (they can double as a mobile too_ or for any child who loves all things under the sea, sing with me now…….

If the worn, shabby look is what you are after, this driftwood clock brings a touch of colour to the room without being too bold. It’s always great to have a balance of new and old when styling a room.

In the celestial universe of Petit Pan, kites are kings and they show this passion off beautifully in their lamps. The lamps are made of bamboo and hand painted bamboo silk: this description alone makes us want to buy one! The finish is wonderful, a stunning way to bring creativity and beauty to your child’s room. They are also available in the style of clouds, seahorses, hippos and more. Check out the range here

More Nautical Ideas…

 

Bright & Bold Accessories

Bright & Bold Accessories

Bright & Bold Accessories

Bring Bright & Bold Accessories Into Your Kid’s Bedroom

 

We bring your our top picks, for wonderful bedroom accessories that will being your child’s bedroom to life. 

 

Children love colour, it bring joy into their lives, their favourite colour can be fixed from a young age or it may change every few months. Committing to a bold colour palette can sometimes be daunting in these circumstances, therefore adorning their bedroom with bright, bold and colourful accessories is the perfect way to bring the joy in for all to enjoy, knowing you can change whenever you need to.

If you’ve gone fairly minimalistic in the room as you just can’t choose between fuchsia pink and emerald green, then bring a whole rainbow of options in with this great lettering from Twenty Two and Six. They offer initials in a similar style but as someone who loves to promote the importance of Play for children I had to highlight how wonderful this creation is.

Maybe colour isn’t where you want to be braver, then look at the style of furniture you’re using. There are amazing designs out there and although this guy has been around a while I couldn’t resist reminding you all that he is about and is completely brilliant! Rodnik Shark Chair from Made.com

Colourful lighting is the perfect way to bring your child more colour without having to experience it yourself, if this is something that takes you out of your aesthetic comfort zone, let them enjoy a little dazzle at night, lovely to wake up to on a restless night and with any luck they’ll feel assured enough to drift off back to sleep due to their lovely glow.

Garlands are a great colourful accessory to be hung from walls, windows, furniture, wherever you want.   – MK Kids Interiors Garland

And of course, one of the easiest ways to bring a statement to a room with no strings attached is an awesome rug! It’s not a permanent feature so can be changed as their style/taste changes but also ticks another design element helping you add some layering to the room. Win win.

More great accessories ideas…

 

Small Kid’s Rooms | Expert Advice from Wayfair Stylist

Small Kid’s Rooms | Expert Advice from Wayfair Stylist

Small Kid’s Rooms | Expert Advice from Wayfair Stylist

Small, but perfectly formed, kid’s room

Wayfair’s resident style advisor Nadia McCowan-Hill

tells is how to style baby sized rooms

 

“In a small space, you can’t afford to have excess stuff, so I’m a big fan of regularly editing my home. As a rule of thumb, I try to make sure that everything I have is either beautiful or useful (a nod to William Morris’s advice) and I try to curate and style each space as much as possible so it’s pleasing to the eye. I find it’s possible to give a room a new lease of life, simply by moving items around.”

Otis’ Room

As Otis is still a small baby, I wanted his room to feel tranquil and sleep-inducing! I started with a nature theme and stuck to a muted palette of sage green, white, dove grey and inky blue. For the furniture, I looked for blonde wood and touch­es of cane to maintain the natural feel.

The room itself is quite small, so I opted for a two-tone paint effect to enhance its character. A light-reflective warm white fills the upper wall and a soft Eau De Nil runs along the bottom.

The room is designed to take Otis from baby to toddler, so I chose a space-saving mini cot and a beautiful canopy for while he’s small. As he gets older, he will transition to the amazing house bed, which is such a unique piece where he can sleep and play.

Sticking with the nature theme, I gravitated towards accents and art with whimsical wildlife motifs. 

 

Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine

In the Zone

Maximise square footage in a less-than-large abode, by zoning the space according to your needs. In our apartment, the kitchen and living room work as one, but each area is demarcated with a clear living area complete with a large rug which marks the space and a separate eating and cooking area. The master bed­room has been designed to be a relaxing and grown-up space that’s free from any paraphernalia, while the kids’ rooms are their spaces and are fully geared to their needs.

 

Smart Storage

Choose furniture that works double duty. In the boys’ room, I opted for several trunk sets, which look super stylish, but are also a fabulous place to stash toys.

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

 

Light Up Your Life

I’m a huge fan of statement lighting in small spaces. As well as offering illumination which makes a room feel bigger, unique lighting gives character. Choose bold chandeliers and pendant lights to bring drama to your vertical space, without encroaching on square footage. Then add ambience with table lights aplenty.

 

Edit Ruthlessly

In a small space, you can’t afford to have excess stuff, so I’m a big fan of regularly editing my home. As a rule of thumb, I try to make sure that everything I have is either beautiful or useful (a nod to William Morris’s advice) and I try to curate and style each space as much as possible so it’s pleasing to the eye. I find it’s possible to give a room a new lease of life, simply by moving items around.

 

Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine

Top 3 must-have kids’ room products

Statement art is a must-have for any kids’ room. It’s an easy and afford­able way to reflect their interests and adds instant character to a space

Smart storage is another important pick. As well as opting for practical shelving units, I love using baskets and trunks which look stylish but are also perfect for organizing toys so they’re easy to find.

Soft furnishings help to make a room feel cosy. It’s so important for small peoples’ rooms to feel comfortable and inviting for both adults and kids.

 

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

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Blow It vs Budget | Boho Nursery

Blow It vs Budget | Boho Nursery

Blow It vs Budget | Boho Nursery

A Bohemian Nursery

Blow It vs Budget

 

Medina King shows us how to create a gorgeous boho nursery

that you and your baby will love to spend time in.

 

The bohemian nursery is the current trend – and rightly so with its use of natural materials and gender-neutral colour scheme, making it fit for a baby boy or a baby girl, as well as the parents.

The boho look is agile and fits the type of scheme that grows with the child, it can be converted to a family space or a home office. The nursery is also budget friendly.

 

Blow It

Skandi Cotbed, SnuzKot, £349

Marysville Rocking Chair, Wayfair, £415

Benni Shaggy Rug, The Rug Seller, £329

Moroccan Poufee, Bohemia, £98

Safari Prints, Iamfy, £16 each

Rede Light, Habitat, £40

Nolan Seagrass Basket, Habitat, £55

Fidel Leaf 80-90cm, Patch Plants, £50

Wicker Pendant, Willow & Stone, £195

Moses Basket, The Basket Room, £169

Budget

Lockgart Cotbed, Wayfair, £172.99

Bamboo Rocking Chair, Wayfair, £84.99

Gobu Rug, Benuta, £125

Moroccan Pouffe, Dunelm, £25

Safari Print Set of 6, Lamour Fou Print Shop, £25.54

Luszo Otto Light, Enzo Living, £28.56

Seagrass Basket, John Lewis & Partners, £30

Desktop Foliage, Wayfair, £27.99

Sinnerlig Lamp, Ikea, £40

Moses Basket, Smallable, £49

Which item do you love most?  I am drawn to the plants, I always am, I can never keep them alive but they make such a difference to a room especially for kids, bringing the outdoors in, cleaning the air and they bring a simple softness to the space.  I do love the Moroccan pouffes too, they do bring sense of travel to the room, great for kids to climb on, a extra sitting space for little bottoms and of course perfect for weary adult feet.

Have fun designing!

 

Thank you Medina!  These fab looks can be achieved for £1,760 or £610 and of course the great part is, if you can save on a few items then you might be able to splash out on a luxury piece that could become part of the family home at a later date.  Above all you now have a great shopping list, why not mix and match?  If you’d like to see more of Medina’s work check out her site here MK Kids Interiors

For more Blow It vs Budget ideas see below. 

* Please note that retailers change their stock and therefore we cannot guarantee these items will always be available.  If any of the above items have been discontinued (or a link doesn’t work) do let us know and we will work hard to find you a great alternative.  You can email us here

Happy shopping, don’t forget to let us know if you try some of these out, let us know on one of our social media channels.

 

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Rooomy Loves | Nursery Edition

Rooomy Loves | Nursery Edition

Rooomy Loves | Nursery Edition

Rooomy Loves, For Babies

Rooomy’s Non-Nursery best finds for parents

 

In each issue of the magazine we have the Rooomy Loves feature.  My chance to share with you some brilliant finds which I think other parents will love, which are not related to your child’s bedroom.  Something for the home, a great gift maybe, a great book find or possibly something silly but fab.

 

IT’S NOT A PLAYMAT. . .

…It’s more of a rug. If you are looking for something for the baby to be on in your living space, be it lounge, kitchen or elsewhere then you need to check out these roll out mats from Totter and Tumble. Designed by a mum who knows that the foam playmats collect all the dirt and are tough to clean and that space can be needed for all the family to be on when hanging out on a hardwood or tiled floor. This is not a playmat, it is the size of a standard British rug. Designed as a simple, one piece, roll out, wipeable mat, with no fiddly pieces for crumbs to disappear down or be pulled apart. With 12 designs to choose from they are all stylish – reversible, subtle patterns and gentle colours to fit in with interiors and not overwhelm the senses. You’ll find them supportive – inspired by a luxury pilates mat, these playmats are a sealed slice of memory foam, making them tougher to rival a rug, but also perfect for adults home exercising too. Safe and soft to support and cushion tumbling little ones and safety tested to European toy standards, suitable from birth.

 

Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine

 

 

ESSENTIAL FOR A GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP

Sleeping bags will make your baby feel snuggly and safe when sleeping which means less waking, hopefully. Consider these as part of the bedding for the room and buy a few that really go with the fab sheets you’ve bought. Make sure you check the tog ratings for the season!

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

 

 

ART BABIES CAN ENJOY

Black and White! Babies love black and white, the contrast is so strong for their developing eyesight that they will be mesmerized. Great for stimulating their brain and even better if you want to enjoy a few still moments and maybe actually drink your tea or coffee before it gets cold. The Wee Gallery offer heaps of great monochrome accessories but these Art Cards have lots of different themes on offer, they can be looked through on car journeys, lined up along the edge of the cot when you need to nip to the loo, I know I’d buy at least two, one for home and one for the changing bag.

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

 

LOOKING GOOD

Baby grows for the win, little outfits can take a lot of effort and might well need changing after an hour, if you want to avoid the plain white baby grows and want to introduce some life to your babies wardrobe/drawer or basket, then check out our selection of top babygro’s.

Take particular notice of the Rainbow romper as The White Company are donating £10 from every romper sold to The Prince’s Trust and Refuge in equal portions.

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

 

SOFT AND SNUGGLY

Sheepskin is wonderful for babies, the softness for their sensory pleasure and comfort, with its magical ability to keep them cool when it’s hot and warm when it’s cold. A must for newborns, sheepskin naturally traps air between its fibres creating a cosy micro-climate, while in warmer conditions, moisture is drawn away from the skin keeping babies dry and cool.  Medical studies have shown that babies settle quicker, cry less & sleep longer on a sheepskin.  The super soft, deep-pile, merino sheepskin liners from Bini Bamba will keep your big (little) softies cosy, seriously snugly and sleeping like a baby.

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

 

 

WEAN CLEAN

When it comes to feeding time let’s think, looking good and oh so practical and helpful, these floor mats for high chairs are waterproof, wipe-clean, and designed to protect any type of surface from spills, stains, and crumbs, providing peace of mind on top of a super stylish look. With 3 designs in 12 colour ways you’ll find something to suit your home.

Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine

 

BABY SOFT

Every parent wants the very best for the baby, we want to care for them and make sure they are happy and comfortable at all times. Bathing them to start can make some of us nervous, we want to wash them but we are conscious of how precious and delicate their skin is. Natural sponge can be very expensive and other products may seem too harsh, that’s why these super-soft bamboo wash cloths from Cuddledry and are just what you and your baby need.

 

Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine

 

TUMMY PLAY

Tummy time can happen naturally, or you might find putting your baby on their front very awkward to watch. My eldest was not a fan and my youngest just threw herself over. With  all things in life motivation is helped with incentive. A fab play mat toy like this from Done by Deer provides your babe with something to fiddle with, reach for, check out and interact with. This little croc is a great, fun character and of course will be a huge help in the pushchair too.

 

Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine

 

DAD PAD

An essential guide for new dads, developed with the NHS. New dad’s will feel excited, but they can also feel left out, unsure or overwhelmed. The DadPad can help by giving them knowledge and practical skills that they need. The resource will support you and your partner to give your baby the best possible start in life. This great guide will help reduce dad’s anxiety helping him get involved and gaining in confidence. He’ll learn how to create a strong bond and healthy attachment with their baby and to build a stronger family relationship by sharing the load and learning how to parent together, recognise the signs of postnatal depression in both yourself and your partner, and learn how to get help early. The DadPad was created by a Dad with the NHS in a hope to make information more accessible and less overwhelming than all the parenting books.

 

Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine

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