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It is always a dilemma when decorating children’s rooms deciding whether to be very sensible and pick furnishings that will grow up with them or to indulge them (or more honestly yourself) with some of the delightful products available for your little princes and princesses. I have to confess, I have erred more on the side of indulgence in this article – it seems some things are just too cute to resist.

Jane Churchill Up a Tree wallpaperRockett St George Cactus Cowboy wallpaper

 

Wallpaper is a great way to make a statement and there are loads of adorable options to choose from. Two winners for me are the new Up A Tree wallpaper from Jane Churchill (left) and Cactus Cowboy from Rockett St George.
Harlequin Pick and Mix fabricHarlequin Robot

 

 

 

 

 

Harlequin have some great fabrics for kids and I like Pick N Mix featuring a range of handbags and shoes and Reggie Robot featuring both girl and boy robots, as far as I can tell.
Apsace Tessera Step Cube
Storage is always vital in a child’s room and I think this open storage from Aspace offers a practical solution that can be adapted as needs change.
Feather and Black Noah High Sleeper
For smaller rooms, this high sleeper from Feather and Black is a great solution. A full size single bed, a desk and storage all in one and looks great too.
The White Company Gingham bed linen
Bedding makes a bold statement and is also more practical that plain white. This gingham bedding from The White Company comes in five colours including blue and red and you can also buy the adorable long stripy PJs although only in kids sizes sadly.
Aspace BeanbagThe Dormy House Little Vivi Chair

A place to take the wait off your feet is as important in children’s rooms as it is in your own room. Beanbags are good solution and I love this colourful version from Aspace. Alternatively this mini armchair from The Dormy House looks great and can be upholstered in any of their fabrics, or you can supply your own.

Graham and Green Night lights
Helping to keep the night demons away, these cute night lights from Graham and Green are a lovely night time companion giving off a soft glow in the room – I just don’t know how you are going to pick which to have.
Designers Guild Around the World rug
Designers Guild has loads of great rugs for children, all in their trademark vibrant colours. I think this world map rug is lovely for boys or girls.

So whether your little one is an actual prince or princess, or a mere wannabe, make their rooms into mini palaces and they feel like they are king of the world.

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It’s easy to feel a bit nervous about using wallpaper with all the pattern, colour and occasional bit of texture that it brings, but I think that wallpaper is a wonderful decorating tool and following a few key principles will help to achieve just the look that you are after.

As with any scheme, it is important to find your own style and stick to it, and this very definitely applies to your wallpaper selection. From traditional to modern, and all the styles in between, there is a wallpaper for you, so keep looking until you find a design that works for you.

St Judes Spey Stripe

Angie Lewin’s wonderful wallpaper with a hand drawn feel in beautiful knocked back colour tones www.stjudes.co.uk

Osborne and Little Tessella

By contrast, if you like a wallpaper to make more of a statement, Osborne and Little’s Tessella could be for you. www.osborneandlittle.com

If you are using a wallpaper, don’t be afraid to hang your pictures – the pattern will still provide a good backdrop to your artwork. This classic country trellis pattern wallpaper creates a lovely background to the pictures – and the impromptu cocktail bar!

Fired Earth Walled Garden Broughton

Fired Earth Walled Garden Broughton  www.firedearth.com

Look at the paint colours for your ceiling and woodwork carefully as generally you want them to blend with the colour tones in the wallpaper. If your ceilings are low or sloping, think about wallpapering them – be brave, it will look great!

Kate Forman

The low sloping ceiling of this room is disguised by wallpapering it in with the walls. Beautiful Blue Roses wallpaper by Kate Forman www.kateforman.co.uk 

 

I generally think that if your wallpaper is patterned (rather than a textured plain paper) that a plain curtain works better. However, there is the odd occasion that using a matching curtain and wallpaper can look stunning.

Lewis and Wood Venetian Damask

This very classic damask pattern wallpaper from Lewis and Wood looks wonderful with matching curtains. Lewis and Wood Venetian Damask http://www.lewisandwood.co.uk

Wallpaper is a great way to add personality and fun to your children’s rooms and there are some great new patterns on the market for you (and your little princes and princesses) to choose from.

Rockett St George Gymkhana

Gymkhana wallpaper from Rockett St George www.rocketstgeorge.co.uk

Pierre Frey Les Bidules

Les Bidules wallpaper from Pierre Frey www.pierrefrey.com

Happy decorating!

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Guest post by Kate Wood of Manon Interiors

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Decorating a nursery can be a real challenge. It’s important to find a scheme to keep both kids and parents happy with without going down the route of twee childish patterns and colours.  So we asked Kate Wood from Manon Interiors to put together her top nursery picks.

Kate explains “When I became pregnant and the time came to decorate my son’s room the only thing I knew for sure was that I wasn’t really a fan of the themed duvet/wallpaper/rug scene that the high street seems to want most nurseries to look like nowadays and how on earth I was going to get the cot I had fallen in love with in Paris home without my husband noticing.”

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“Hardly taxing I know but add to that the fact that we were paying two mortgages at the time, running a busy shop and it had to be done quickly and on budget and I became somewhat of an expert at getting that casual chic look I love so much for a nursery too. To be honest, most of my nursery finds were items that I would happily have in any area of the house. Our bunny lamp seems to move from kitchen to office to Wilfies room regularly and I have long been a fan of Dandy Star’s graphic  prints (above).”

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“I started as you would every other room in the house and chose a shade of paint that both Wilfie and I could live with. Initially I opted for Farrow and Ball’s Powder Blue but have recently graduated to Downpipe on one wall (above) and Clunch on the others as I found the blue a bit cold…and my son went crayon crazy one afternoon so it was time!”

“I truly believe that you don’t have to spend lots of  money on items that your children will quickly grow out of. This is where IKEA is indispensable and you can find some classic nursery staples there that may well see them through to University.”

childrens style

 

“Sprinkle the rest of the room generously with bunting (Bought or homemade), a colourful print (like the Marcus Walter print above) and cute bedside lamp and you are on your way to a stylish nursery that will look individual to you and your home and, more importantly, that your child will love. A trip to Columbia Road in East london will prove a goldmine for children’s accessories as they have some great independent shops there. The flowers are worth it alone but I would also recommend Bob + Blossom for bits and bobs.”

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Image credits:

Manon Interiors  www.manoninteriors.co.uk

Marcus Walters www.marcuswalters.co.uk

Dandy Star www.dandystar.com

Farrow and Ball www.farrow-ball.com

Bob and Blossom www.bobandblossom.co.uk

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