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…

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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2020 Top Nursery Accessories

2020 Top Nursery Accessories

2020 Top Nursery Accessories

The Accessories -Nursery Edition

Rooomy shares the best of the best nursery accessories

 

Once your essential furniture items have been selected then you can start to have lots of fun bringing life and character to the room with lots of wonderful accessories, bedding, cushions, rugs, wall hangings will all make a difference. The list is truly endless with lighting and mobiles to be added, we’ll have some further features on the site coming soon to highlight some top picks for you. But for now, take a look at these great finds.

 

BEDDING AKA SHEETS

Bedding for babies, to be fair it’s not so much bedding as it is sheets. Your baby won’t sleep under a duvet for a while yet and sleeping bags are a great way to go, so have some fun with the sheets for your baby’s bed as you will see them, you might as well make them fun and pretty to look at, instead of plain white or cream. Check some of these out! 

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

ALL THE CUSHIONS

Cushions galore, they really are the easiest way to bring colour and personality into your baby’s nursery, there are thousands out there to choose from but here is our pick of the colourful and fun ones.

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

TIME TO CHANGE

Changing mats, you will need one maybe even two/three, can be good to have one for each floor of the house, you will use it a lot. Great to make them interesting for you and later your baby when they start to roll, it’s so much fun when they do that and you’re trying to change their nappy.

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

WALLS TO GAZE ON

Once the obvious accessories have been taken care of then it is time to adorn your walls. There are plenty of pieces of artwork and prints to choose from, we always share our monthly top 5, woth checking out. But these wall hangings will bring great layering and textures to your Nursery walls, something for you to enjoy and for baby to gaze on. Perfect for you and of course make wonderful gifts for your friends who are also expecting.

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

BRIGHTEN THE FLOOR AND PROTECT IT

If you have a hardwood floor, you will want to bring a soft layer to the floor for you to be laying on and later for babe to be crawling on. If you have carpet in your nursery, we highly recommend you protect it with a rug. They add another point of interest to the room and will keep hard floors warm and carpeted floors safe.

Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine

 

Are you creating a nursery right now or know someone who is?  We hope you enjoyed these ideas and highly recommend you check out our latest issue of Rooomy Magazine.  It’s full of nursery inspiration, advice and tips from pros and mums and completely free, simply subscribe here.

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Top 5 Art Pick’s for Kid’s Rooms – June

Top 5 Art Pick’s for Kid’s Rooms – June

Top 5 Art Pick’s for Kid’s Rooms – June

June Art for Kid’s Rooms

 

Art is a truly wonderful way to bring character to our homes and this should be no different in our kid’s bedrooms. Pick images that you hope will inspire them, that can set a certain mood and also allow them to choose pieces that represent different aspects of their personality and finally just find images they like to look at. Each month we offer a helping hand with our monthly top five suggestions – Here’s June, sorry we missed May, bit distracted by Issue 10 and Covid.

 

Bloom & Bear – Let Love Bloom

Kicking off with the top art pick from the latest issue of Rooomy Magazine (The Nursery Edition)

There have been rainbows everywhere during lockdown, the perfect visual antidote to all that has been going on around us. This beautiful illustration from Bear and Bloom is perfect for any home right now. It will spread joy, positivity, hope and dreaminess throughout.

Most rainbows have been big bold and beautiful, do not get me wrong I love all things bold, however there is always room for other styles and also I like to meet other peoples art needs not just my own. What I love about this piece is the details of the flowers, stars and leaves. Manifesting the thoughts of summer, growth and blooming, just what we need right now.

 

Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine

 

Pretty In Print – Mermaids

Who misses swimming? I do! Mermaids are wonderful mythical creatures, Disney has made them cute and adorable but traditionally they are dangerous, even murderous.

These ladies here simply look like they are having a wonderful time being free in the water among the reeds and either exploring or playing together but most important of all, they are together, I miss my friends do you?

Available unframed, framed or on canvas.

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

 

Squidgearoo – Rainbow Whale

You know where to go to find out how much a whale weigh don’t you? A Whale Weigh Station. Sorry that was my husband in my ear and then of course I couldn’t resist adding it, we all need the humour right now, however dad esq it is.

Anyway, continuing along the much-loved rainbow theme, here’s a beauty from the deep. But maybe you’re a bit rainbow arched out, maybe your child actually isn’t a fan, then this friendly creature from the deep could be a welcome addition for them, with a touch of rainbow magic, just the right amount in fact.

Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine

 

Dear Prudence – Blackbird

“Blackbird singing in the dead of night, Take these broken wings and learn to fly, All your life, You were only waiting for this moment to arise”

Did you know this song before you saw Boss Baby? Have you even seen Boss Baby? Love that film, love this song, and have always loved The Beatles.

Don’t get caught up in art for kids having to be bright and bold and jolly, if sweet shop aesthetics are not to your liking then don’t force it, shop around for lovely little pieces like this, a touch of nature and a little chirpy chappy brings a different kind of joy into a kids space. The detail of the feathers makes him look soft and his little eye makes him look kind and innocent. Perfect for a child’s environment.

Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine

 

Little Letter Studio – Awesome Alphabet Wallhanging

If you’ve seen the latest issue of Rooomy or the wallpaper post from two weeks ago you’ll know that I am a fan the Awesome Alphabet by Little Letter Studio, mostly because I like the Golfing Gorilla, whom I have now named Gerald after my dad, weird really as my dad doesn’t like golf, but I like the name Gerald.

I was thrilled when I saw the wallpaper design had been transformed into a wall hanging, wallpaper is a big commitment, being able to pop this up in your child’s bedroom is of course helpful for this early years, learning to grasp the alphabet but also playful enough for then they are older and thinking about how creative.

It is also available with the option to personalise, perfect for your kid or as a gift.

Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine

 

I hope you enjoyed this months picks, if you have a favourite artist that your kids love, we’d love to hear from you so we can share with our readers.  And of course if you’re an artist and would like to feature, simply get in touch!   

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Top Art Picks for Kid’s – April

Top Art Picks for Kid’s – April

Top Art Picks for Kid's Bedrooms   Art is a truly wonderful way to bring character to our homes and this should be no different in our kid’s bedrooms. Pick images that you hope will inspire them, that can set a certain mood and also allow them to choose pieces that...

Nature Inspired Nursery

Nature Inspired Nursery

Nature Inspired Nursery

Nurture With Nature

Ursula of Room to Bloom shares her nature inspired

nursery design for baby Oona.

 

This is Oona’s room. When Oona’s family moved country, her mum asked me to design her and her sister’s bedroom, to help them settle into their new life abroad. We worked remotely via email, calls and facetime, proof that this can work just as well as being there in person.

Oona’s nursery was created in the smallest room in the house, leading off her sister’s bedroom. My main focus was to make the room feel as spacious and restful as possible.

I choose a peaceful, dusty green colour as the main theme for the room, to counteract and mellow the strongly coloured oak floor. The focal point is a pretty woodland wallpaper – it has echoes of the floor colour in it so it is the perfect connecting background. There’s lots of sweet detail in the design to hold Oona’s gaze.

 

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

The simple natural wooden cot is livened up with bedding in the wallpaper’s accent colours. Because the bed blends in with the floor, the room feels as spacious as it can be – the cot’s open design also helps with this. To anchor the cot we painted a dusty green border alongside, creating a two tone wall. An oak framed pear print adds height and creates a cosy corner.

A there was not much space for lots of furniture, we prioritised clothes storage at this early stage. Using the height of the room, I found a vintage single wardrobe in just the right colour, so it blends in with the background – another trick to make a small space feel larger.

As most of Oona’s toys were stored elsewhere, we decided a simple play corner with cushions, book ledges and a house shelf on the wall would suffice for the early years. Oona just loves rearranging small toys in the house. Later down the line a compact toy or book cabinet could be added.

To style the room I used vintage elements, like the small chairs and the suitcase on top of the wardrobe, and continued a light woodland theme with a bunny lamp, a small fox head on the wall and other creatures. A grey bear shaped rug covers some of the floor’s surface, which helps keep it in check and provides a soft surface. Adding a playful touch, it tones with the grey curtains, keeping the mood calm.

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

Despite the distance and having to work remotely, I think the design was really successful and my client did a great job at overseeing the installation. I just love how pretty and together the room has turned out!

If you would like to hear more about Ursula, what inspires her and why calm spaces are important to her, check out our interview, and to work with Ursula either directly or remotely contact her here and I highly recommend you check out her other projects o her site too, Room to Bloom.

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