Nursery styling is no longer the sole preserve of interior designers. With a never-ending stream of mood board inspo and ‘how-to’s’ at your fingertips, you too can fashion grid-worthy kids’ interiors. On this occasion, we’ve saved you the social media surf and created an edit of the top six styling tips to create child-friendly spaces of awe and wonder.
Be Creative With Paint
Creating a focal point in a baby’s nursery needn’t always be about expensive accessorising. In fact, this particular styling tip is an excellent way to use up discarded remnants of paint, so it’s a good exercise in cultivating sustainable habits by reusing and recycling products from other projects.
Whether you opt for decals or the artful application of tonal nudes with masking tape and a deft brush stroke, a trio of arches like Natasha’s can speak volumes against the backdrop of a brilliant white wall. We love the symbolic nod to growth.
Daaf’s nursery gets a liberal sprinkling of cinnamon on this alternative night sky themed featured wall. We love the two-tone application of paint and the way it frames the moon and star wall stickers by @forestandbear.nl
Balboa Mist by Benjamin Moore provides the neutral greige in Brian’s contemporary nursery. The soothing tone is elegant and plays more of a behind-the-scenes role, allowing the Beige Fading Herati Medallion area rug by @rugs_usa to make its statement. The grey-green tones of the paint also vibe well with the sweet sage arch.
Narrate The Nursery With a Wallpaper That Tells a Story
Another popular route to the feature wall is in the savvy selection of a show-stopping wallpaper print. Long gone are the days of limited gender-specific choices. There’s now a choice for almost every theme you can think of, and technical advances like removability mean it’s easy to change your mind and room scheme at a moment’s notice.
Olive et Oriel come to the fore with their Vintage Jungle wallpaper in Sahara. Striking yet subtle, it adds a splash of tonal beige to this stunning space. Available in custom colours and sizes, plus peel-and-stick or paste-the-wall options – it’s a serious contender for safari lovers.
We love this underwater adventure in a surprising palette of peachy nudes. The burnt orange sun provides a welcome expanse of warming rays while a sleepy girl rides a whale through a dreamy cloud of fluffy skies.
Introduce Elements of Fun and Play
Kids’ interior design should never be all work and no play. Incorporating fun features that encourage gentle exercise cultivates a sense of adventure and exploration to fuel developing little minds. It’s no secret that play is a well-trodden path to learning, so you’ll be helping to foster vital curiosity and problem-solving skills.
Finley’s fun-time nursery reminds us of the importance of staying young and appreciating the simpler things in life. The stylish contours of Jupiduu’s wooden ‘white elephant slide’ ensure it slots right into the décor. Playful promotion of motor skills and an impactful piece of furniture equals a win-win.
Grace treats Eva’s stylish beige nursery to a splash of pale blue with Maison du Monde’s Helene rocking whale. It’s a wonderful addition to this understated ‘under the sea’ themed room and is sure to provide hours of virtual commotion in the ocean.
Classic vibes abound in this sweet boy’s nursery, with a vintage sports car poised to transport Lorenzo wherever his dreams desire.
Pannelled Walls That Pack a Punch
This edited selection of sophisticated nurseries proves that panelled walls are not just for grown-ups. Whether floor to ceiling or a halfway house, panelling creates sleek lines and lends an air of tranquillity, perfect for newborn quarters.
Colour-matched Sulking Room Pink by Farrow & Ball sets the tone for the wall panels in Emilia’s beautiful boho boudoir. The dusky rose colour teams perfectly with the Borastapeter Minou wallpaper. It’s so dreamy; no wonder that plush snow goose has taken a break on the rug.
Sherwin Williams gives Megan’s accent wall a lick of Mindful Gray. It creates a super-cosy, soothing space for newborn Shay David. The warm neutrals create space for pattern and texture in the soft furnishings and chequered rug.
Oh, Sloan. This dreamy marshmallow blush room is so heavenly. Vanessa opts for slender timber slats that are staggered and run only to a midpoint on the wall. They’re laid alternately from the top of the ceiling or bottom-up from the skirting board. The construction takes us back to the classic bagatelle game or a pinball machine where you guide a ball bearing around obstacles. It’s a unique take on panelling and accentuates the height of this light and airy room.
Opt For an Out-Of-The-Ordinary Cot
Standout sleep setups add a little je nais se quois to proceedings. Swap minimalist white cots for colour-daubed alternatives and instantly create a furniture feature. This is a handy trick to employ in a pared-back nursery but can also be used in tandem with some of our other styling tips to create an eclectic, no-holds-barred nursery.
Hues of brown and blue combine to create a classic and relaxing nursery for Jayden. The navy and oak wood cot fuses modern and traditional and works well against the panelled walls and forest wallpaper. There’s a subtle touch of Nordic in this darling design’s clean and crisp composition.
Brianna channels blue skies with her Candy Cloud Crib by @nestigbaby in Bluebell. We love the peachy pastel feature wall and how she’s subtly weaved good vibes and rays of sunshine throughout. Did you spot them on the bedlinen as well as the cushion and mural?
Have you also decorated a nursery or kid’s room recently? We would love to see it! Add the tag @kidsinteriors_com on your Instagram post to get it noticed and #kidsinteriors_com for an extra chance of it being considered for a repost.
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