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kids interiors at playtime paris

trends playtime paris kids interiorsLast weekend I visited Playtime Paris to get a flavour of new trends in the world of kid’s interiors. I had a lovely time talking to new designers and more established brands, and have highlighted some of the things that caught my eye above. Some old favourites, some new discoveries – enjoy!

Images from top left: 1. pompom petillant. 2. as before 3. little unicorn 4. camomile london 5. fabelab 6. mies & co (beautiful bedding!)

a scandinavian style bedroom for benjamin

Scandinavian kids room greyToday I am really excited to share one of my latest kid’s room designs. This is Benjamin’s bedroom, a Scandinavian inspired space mixing soft greys with white and natural timber, and a hint of blue.

A beautiful light oak floor and calming soft grey walls set the tone for this boy’s room. As Benjamin had outgrown his cot and was ready to transition, a new extending Oliver bed was the starting point when we started furnishing the room. We dressed it with tonal layers of grey bedding, adding texture with a cotton cuddle blanket and lots of cushions.

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Next to the bed we installed a mouse chair and play table, which doubles up as a nightstand. A book rack above the table holds Benjamin’s books for night time reading, which we decorated with a whimsical moon mobile and feather hanger.

Scandinavian kids room greyScandinavian kids room greyAbove the bed, an elephant and bear keep Benjamin company. Amy Oreo’s starlight print was a long time favourite of mine and Benjamin’s mum couldn’t resist it either.

Scandinavian kids room greyScandinavian kids room grey-028-crop1Behind the bed, a toy box and shelving offer space for toys and decorative items, creating a small play corner with bunting overhead. On the other side of the room, fitted cupboards and drawers offer more storage. A smiling moon keeps watch over Benjamin at night.

For full sources please check my instagram account, here are a few highlights: oliver junior bed, oliver book rack, no fred mouse chair & play table, camcam duvet set, mori blanket, numero 74 star cushions, fabelab bunny, elephant head, alphabet print, alphabet blocks, dot stickers, bear printstarlight print, bunting, boys rule print, big stuffed whale cushion, small cushions on toy chest, pompom toy bag, smiling full moon print, pinch toy cars, traffic rug, toy box.

(images: design & styling by room to bloom, photography by brett charles, with thanks to nubiescandibornmolly meg and mori)

children’s wallpaper by allison & allison

childrens wallpaper clouds allison and mannsI recently came across this beautiful image of a kid’s room with cloud wallpaper – loving the subtle colours, styling and of course the whimsical cloud wallpaper design. It’s by Allison & Allison, who offer a bespoke wallpaper design service.

Using pen and ink, Annie Allison starts by hand drawing ideas based on your brief – you may already have an image of the design in mind that you’d like to have committed to wallpaper, or like the idea of a design being created especially for you. Sizes and colours can be tweaked as desired before a sample of the final design is created. For more information visit her website.

(image: allison & allison).

in the press: elle decor

elle decor childrens interior design

Very excited that Charlotte’s pretty grey bedroom was included in this month’s children’s interior design feature for Elle Decor India! Her little reading nook was shown alongside a brilliantly styled shoot focussing on natural materials in kids’ rooms.

(image: elle decor india & room to bloom)

mr fox: 6 fabulous fabrics for kids’ rooms

fabrics for childrens & kids roomsFabric has a huge impact on the overall look and feel of kids’ rooms, but curtains and blinds can be expensive so it’s important to choose wisely. Read my tips on how to choose fabrics for children’s rooms over at Mr Fox magazine, and find out where to find them.

(image: room to bloom)

blackboard walls and chalkboard ideas for kids’ rooms

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Blackboard walls add instant personality to a kid’s room and make a wonderful focal point, off-setting other colours beautifully. And of course they don’t just look cool, but invite children to get creative, creating their own art works or backgrounds for pretend play – like playing school, house, shop, etc.

If you are thinking of creating a chalkboard wall in your child’s bedroom or playroom but can’t make up your mind, take a look at some of the examples I’ve gathered of blackboards in kids’ rooms.

blackboard chalkboard wall kids room 2ablackboard chalkboard wall kids room 3You may think chalkboards are just too black for kids’ rooms, but bear in mind that they do mellow over time, turning a soft grey by the chalk residue that’s left behind. At the same time, this is something to consider if you like things to look neat and tidy – a messy blackboard might not be your thing.

You don’t have to commit to a full wall and can just paint a smaller area in a nice shape, like a house in the example above. It can be a backdrop for a play kitchen or desk and you can dress it up with shelves, hooks or bunting.

Or how about just painting a border in chalkboard paint, or a door?

blackboard chalkboard wall kids room 4blackboard chalkboard wall kids room 5If you are worried about painting a chalkboard directly onto a wall – for example if you are renting – then you can go for non-permanent chalkboard film that sticks to your wall. You can buy it in rolls and cut it in any desired shaped or have a design made for you by most wall sticker companies.

A framed blackboard that you can stand against the wall is another idea – make sure it is attached securely.

blackboard chalkboard wall kids room 3blackboard chalkboard wall kids room 6To create something special, add an eye-catching wall sticker or light letters to your chalkboard wall.

blackboard chalkboard wall kids room 7Interior design for children: chalkboard ideas for kids rooms.Do keep a place for chalks and a wiper nearby – a picture ledge is a good solution. Dust free chalks help keep down the mess, but a final note of caution: if your child’s room is carpeted, a chalkboard might not be a good idea as it will be more difficult to clean.

Happy decorating!

Sources (from top): kotivinnki, lundiamaxime brouillet, living agency, nordic  design, the boo and the boy, kotopalapeli, rh baby and child, homedit, shanna murray, seletti, the boo and the boy.

mr fox: how to clear the clutter – clever storage for kids

clever storage for kids how to de-clutter

Over on Mr Fox I’ve rounded up 6 ways to clear the clutter with clever storage ideas for kids’ rooms. Find out where to source these beauties and read my storage tips here.

(image: room to bloom)

haciendo el indio kids’ wall decor

haciendo en el indo kids decor for children

These friendly wall plaques are by Haciendo el Indio, a Spanish kids’ decor brand that produces beautiful decorative objects, art prints, cards and even murals for children’s rooms. Printed on paper, then laminated and glued to wooden boards, they make a great addition to a library shelf or gallery wall. This selection and others, including posters and wall stickers, are available from Haciendo el Indio’s web shop.

little lamb print for kids haciendo en el indio(images: haciendo el indo)

children’s bedding: snurk furry friends

Snurk kids bedding Furry Friends forest themed bedding for childrenDutch bedding designers Snurk have added a fab woodland themed duvet set to their children’s bedding range, featuring a squirrel and a bunny rabbit. Two furry friends to keep your child company at night. Love it!

(image: snurk bedding)

mr fox: best nightlights and lamps for kids rooms

Mr fox accent lighting for kids

Can’t get used to the dark evenings still? Brighten up a dark corner with some accent lighting – I’ve rounded up some my current favourite lamps and nightlights for Mr Fox this month. Find sources and tips over here at Mr Fox magazine.

(image: room to bloom)

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