Wallpaper is a wonderful way to inspire creativity and spark imagination, says stylist emily Henson. ‘I know it scares off a lot of commitment-phobes, but it’s the one design choice that can have such a lasting impact if you choose wisely.’ For longevity, emily suggests avoiding overtly babyish motifs. ‘there are lots of designers now making wallpapers that are both kid and parent friendly,’ she explains. ‘Alternatively, you can use removable wall stickers on a painted wall.’ For a personalised approach, commission a mural that reflects the unique personality of your little one. If you prefer to get more hands on, one of the trending painting techniques will keep you busy.
‘Although it’s great to involve children in the decisions, they’re fickle. It’s best to offer an edited selection of designs’ amanda Short, founder of Nubie
Project detailsThe Busy Buzzy wall mural, £175 a roll, brings a dose of whimsy to this pretty girl’s bedroom by Villa Nova. To achieve a sense of synergy, the pattern is repeated on cushions in the tepee, which is shown in Duck Pond, £29.50m. The Dotty tufted rug in Sorbet, £500, is a savvy addition: it brings warmth to the wooden floor and creates a soft place for play. ‘I always recommend rugs made from natural materials because synthetic rugs don’t last and you don’t get the same feel as real wool,’ says Aurore Martial of Domus Venus. If you can’t afford an expensive rug, invest in the underlay to make it squidgy underfoot. ‘You spend so much time on the floor with your child and they will crawl and fall on it – best to make it a soft landing,’ adds lucinda Croft of Dragons of Walton Street.
Project detailsThe walls do all the talking in this personality-packed bedroom by 2lg Studio, where a hand-painted mural by Gilles & Cecilie Studio steals the spotlight. Carpet in a similar tone to the mural complements rather than overpowers it, while a no-nonsense chest of drawers tempers the intensity of the blue. For a playful touch, 2lg Studio’s creatives have added storybook pictures to the handles. The bed takes on a supporting role, simply dressed in Scholten & Baijings’ Minimal Collection of grey-and-white bedlinen for Hay, £90 for a double duvet cover at Nest.co.uk. This subtle approach has allowed 2lg Studio to introduce bold brights everywhere else, including a zesty orange throw as a final flourish.