Today we’re touring the lovely red and blue nursery designed by Emma Carr, for her two year-old son Henry. We love the combination of sophistication and playfulness in this room – just perfect for a little boy to enjoy now and into the future! You can follow along with Emma’s talent for interior design and peek into her unique Edwardian family house located in Lincolnshire at @rosemounthouse. Thank you Emma, for sharing the design details with us.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE LOOK AND FEEL OF HENRY’S NURSERY?
Henry’s room is quite a simple, chilled room that doubles up as a sleep and play space. Despite Henry being just two it’s not a particularly immature room as I wanted the décor to grow with Henry through the years. There is a good amount of natural elements with baskets, plants and wooden furniture as I believe these can help create a calm atmosphere, however I also injected terracotta red accents throughout to give a sense of vibrancy, warmth and fun.
DID YOU HAVE AN IDEA OF WHAT HIS IDEAL SPACE WOULD LOOK LIKE,OR DIT IT GROW ORGANICALLY?
I have a background in Early Years Teaching so I naturally wanted a practical space that would foster some early learning independence skills, alongside being nice to look at. I knew there would be low level open shelving for toy storage and access. I also wanted a cosy reading nook with easily assessable books to encourage a love of reading from a young age. There is also a child height table and chairs to encourage sitting down to play with small world toys and puzzles. I suppose I planned it out with these areas already in mind and it was just a case of experimenting to see where everything worked best in his space.
HOW DID YOU CHOOSE THE COLOUR SCHEME?
The wallpaper is a fairly muted, dusky blue and taupe stripe, however I chose to brighten it up with terracotta red and some teal accents which added life to the room. I also liked that the red moved away from stereotypical blues and greys as I feel boys deserve a little more colour in their lives!
DID YOU FACE ANY CHALLENGES?
I originally intended to half panel and wallpaper above this, however due to the picture rail two thirds up, I opted to just wallpaper rather than remove an original period feature of the house.
WHAT DOES HENRY LOVE THE MOST ABOUT HIS ROOM?
He loves his little reading nook and often sits to ‘read’ there. He also loves being able to select differing combinations of his toys from his toy shelves.
WHAT WERE SOME OF YOUR MUST-HAVES?
Multiple storage baskets is a great way to ensure that toys are kept separated and organised alongside being aesthetically pleasing. A child height, open storage unit is also a great practical option that helps to encourage independent play and creativity with toy selection.
WHAT PIECES FROM THE ROOM DO YOU HOPE TO BE ABLE TO USE FOR YEARS TO COME?
The cot will convert to a toddler bed and this was also previously used by Henry’s big sister. It was an expensive item originally, however we are definitely getting our moneys worth as being good quality it has stood the test of time. I also anticipate all the storage baskets being useful for years to come.
DO YOU HAVE ANY STYLING TIPS FOR DECORATING A BOY’S ROOM?
Peg hooks and book/picture racks are a great way to add interest to bare walls and these are easy to change up as you wish.
You can opt for a muted colour scheme yet still inject vibrancy through colourful accents such as curtains, cushions and baskets. These are also easier to change if you feel you want to in the future.
Don’t be afraid of plants in children’s spaces! They not only clean the air but are a great opportunity to help foster an appreciation of nature from an early age. (They will only explore the soil once or twice and then be over it, I promise!)
Wallpaper: Sandberg i Cot bed: Boori Country Collection I Canopy: Nobodinoz I Linen bedding: La Redoute I Space rug: Bloomingville I Bunting: Nobodinoz I Wooden stools: Ikea I Navy storage baskets: Made.com I Modular toy storage unit: Dunelm I Wall hooks: H&M home I House boxes: H&M home I Paper stars: Handmade from left over wallpaper by Emma I Framed umbrella print : Hand painted by Emma I Star and terracotta cushions: Nobodinoz I Fish cushion: OYOY I Mini book holder: Dunelm I Linen curtains: H&M (hand dyed teal by Emma)
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