Toks Aruoture, who runs Punkin Patch Interiors, an online store selling special and unique children’s furniture, has kindly written a blog post on her area of expertise, how to create an inspiring nursery for your little ones! Here are her suggestions.
Spring Bedroom Ideas
It’s no rumour, spring is here! Spring cleaning refers to that task we carry out at the end of winter, to clean out the residue of winter, remove cobwebs, reach into untouched crevices in our homes and clear it all out. In my home it’s a touch more than that. It also involves retrieving toys from places they couldn’t possibly have ventured willingly to, wiping chocolate stained fingerprints from behind the TV. Spring is also a fantastic time to bring the beautiful outdoors inside by freshening up our space.
Children love colours and as such are stimulated by bright colours. While covering the walls is an obvious way to introduce colour, a simpler way is by using accessories. Accessories also add character to a room.
In recent years there has been an explosion onto the market of removable wall decals. Once upon a time a decal had to be well thought out and required military precision in positioning it, because once it was on, that was it. Nowadays however, there are vinyl and even fabric decals which are easy to apply and remove without leaving any residue, they can even be re-used. No longer do you have to draw up a list of positives and negatives for each decals just to narrow down your choice.
Decals come in different themes and colours, but make sure you pick one that leaves room for your child’s imagination, or even some additional ‘art’ added on by your child. There are even some blank wipeable ones that allow your budding Picasso to hone in their skills.
Wall mural painting
This is when art is directly applied to the wall; the architecture of the space also plays a part in the story or scenery. This is also the one that requires planning, and calling up the relatives for reassurance, because once it’s on it’s on. Wall murals completely transform a room, taking your child from their room to a far away land present only in his imaginative mind. They are relatively expensive, but worth their weight in gold. The good mural artist ideally should have a consultation with you showing you their work while discovering your own tastes and preferences. You should then get a sketch for approval before the actual work is carried out. At this stage you can make changes to the final design.
Wall shelving does not have to be pine and boring, the world has moved on, yay! Use shelving that adds to the decor and drama of the room. In addition think carefully about your choice of display. A good mix of educational, art and a sentimental item will strike a happy balance. If there are so many loved pieces, resist the temptation to cram them all in, instead rotate them and use a few pieces at a time each week or fortnight.
Children spend a lot of time on their hands and knees and colourful ‘arty’ rugs will add to their fun and enjoyment- and make great pictures when your little one falls asleep on it. In addition rugs can be used to map out various areas in the room. They come in different shapes and sizes. Round rugs are great for rooms with awkward angles and corners, as it unifies the space. When buying rugs check with the manufacturer to make sure you don’t need anti slips mat for safety.
Canopies and Curtains
What is it about cosy, enclosed spaces that children just adore? Canopies come in various styles, from drape styles to baldachins. They come in different fabrics too, choose sheer ones to let the light in and allow them to see through the canopies too. Lace canopies add a vintage twist.
Novelty or wacky furniture make memorable pieces as your child (or you) will never forget them. In addition it takes the ordinary out of living. Now you’re ready for spring!
Toks Aruoture is a baby and child interior designer and the creative director at Punkin Patch Interiors, a baby and child luxury furnishings boutique. Thanks, Toks for guest posting for us today. You can find out more about her lovely products and designs at www.punkinpatch.co.uk.