Hi Elsie here,
It isn’t something you do every day but when you get involved in designing a child’s bedroom it is so much fun!!!!
Through the years I have been very lucky to design many children’s bedroom soft furnishings. It never ceases to amaze me at the scarcity of choice.
Read on to see what I found?
Children’s books have been a wonderful place to start where interiors have been concerned.
From Beatrix Potter, Winnie The Pooh and more recently some of Roald Dahl’s creations.
Osborne & Little . Zagazoo http://www.osborneandlittle.com
Roald Dahl Collection with John Lewis and CB Interiors
John Lewis Bedding
I find children’s interior design liberating in ways that other rooms are not. Clients embrace their own inner child when making choices for their offspring. They are not frightened of colour and being brave with it. Nor are they worried about lots of little details, textures and quirks.
Scion‘s (part of the Harlequin Group) latest collection Guess Who? is wonderfully quirky, inventive and colourful. It is a collection of wallpapers, fabrics and other accessories that are fun and liberating to work with.
It is really funny, because even though these are children’s designs I would be quite happy to use some of the fabrics (even the ones like the birds above) in any room in the house. As I have said this book is lots of fun. Quite a hit for SCION‘s FIRST CHILDREN’s COLLECTION!!!
This Guess who wallpaper is particularly brave in its choice of depth of colour. But I feel the dark background enhances those wonderful colours of the animals bringing them to life.
Harlequin have always been ahead of the game with their children’s designs. They are equally as good with boys as well as girls rooms. What is also great is the way they make sure there are always colour-ways that are gender neutral which is awesome. I like pink but sometimes you can have too much in your life.
What A Hoot . http://www.Harlequin.co.uk
What a Hoot is a fab, fun design with a great mix of colour ways. It makes me smile. I feel this is the essence of a children’s design, it should be fun and make you smile.
Brighton Beach by Harlequin
Also a big favourite of mine, it is immensely vibrant and boundary pushing as far as children’s design in concerned. To be honest this is yet another that I would quite happily use in other rooms, not only a child’s bedroom. I would definitely use it in a Kitchen.
Designers Guild, have always been renown for there bright colours and unusual colour blends so creating children’s designs was never going to be too much of an issue for them.
AROUND THE WORLD FABRICS. Designers Guild
This quirky design filled with animals and maps has turquoise as a main colour. Its pallet is reminiscent of one you often find in French designs, requiring the designer to at times think outside the box when putting it together.
This is true also of Casadeco a French company. They are very subtle and sophisticated even when it comes to children’s designs.
Alice & Paul. http://www.casadeco.fr/
ARC EN CIEL FRISE COCCINELLE VERT
I love Casadeco, especially for babies bedrooms. I personally find there muted choice of colour is generally more suited to a nursery than a toddlers room. With its calming hues and softness of cloth makes it a definite go to for the little bundles first room.
Prestigious Textiles are at the lower end price point but they have some lovely designs that you can play with.
Forest Friends http://www.prestigious.co.uk
Play Time . Prestigious Textiles
Prestigious Textiles have over the years put some lovely designs out with a sharp price point. Their quality has also gone from strength to strength. Lovely cheerful fabrics. Owls and Pandas are in this year and Prestigious have joined in with these carefree collections.
Harlequin, Designers Guild, Casadeco, Scion, Osborne & Little and Prestigious are just a few of the companies out their making the most of this rarely tapped market. There are others but these are the ones who have mastered this niche particularly well and have caught my eye this year.
I will leave you with another quote from the eternal child Roald Dahl, he can say it so much better than I…………………………………..
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