WON­DER WALLS

Living Etc - - DESIGN / PROJECT -

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.

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