So your little one is growing up. That nursery is no longer need (insert sobbing tears here). If you’re looking for some top tips for transitioning from a nursery to a big kids room, we can help! Belinda from Nest Design Studio is giving us some great info into what you can do and where you can source bits and pieces from. Over to Bel…
Top tips for transitioning from a nursery to big kids room
The big majority of my clients come to me when it’s time to transition from a nursery to a ‘big’ room.
When it’s time to make the move, you want the room to be age appropriate while still being a room that they can have for a number of years. So here’s my top tips when it comes to designing a ‘big’ room.
Beds – what to consider
Personally, I don’t ever consider toddler beds. They grow so quickly that I really don’t believe it’s worth spending the money on it.
Instead go for a single/king single (or double if you have the room). There are some really beautiful beds on the market now and there are endless options but some of my favourites are :
– Mubu Knect4 bed – so beautifully made
– Incy Interiors metal beds – in oh so many gorgeous colours
– This Little Love The Addison house bed – although I always go for off the floor beds rather than directly on the floor.
Wallpaper – what to go for
Now hopefully after reading my last post, you will have taken note and selected awesome wallpaper or decals that you still love.
However, if you feel like it’s time for a change make sure you select wallpaper, decals (or paint) that isn’t too ‘baby’. I rarely pick anything too whimsy as I believe they date super quick (BUT if you love it, go for it or you will forever regret it). You want to go for a pattern or texture that will stand the test of time.
Artwork – have some fun!
Now here is where you can go banana’s! There are so many fabulous artists creating beautiful pieces. Select art that is sentimental, makes you smile or is just damn fun.
I also prefer to specify poster size when selecting the main piece of art.
Linen – what to pick
99% of the time, I specify plain doona covers. Why? Because they won’t date and you can mix and match everything with them. Want colour? Add some awesome, fun pillowcases, cushions and a blanket at the end of the bed.
Finishing touches – what to include
Quite often, it’s the little pieces that people get stuck with. My go to finishing touches always include books, toys and special pieces. It’s not often I will specify a decor piece (or as my husband always grumpily calls them, knick-knacks) that doesn’t have a double use.
Beautiful books not only look beautiful on the shelf but are a great addition to promote reading. And if you are looking for that extra bit of storage, make sure you check out Willow & Woods new book caddy!
I always hit up the ‘toy’ section on Leo & Bella – particularly the wooden toys to pick out pieces that little ones will love to play with.
One thing we can’t go past is additional storage! Be it open or closed storage, it’s a great idea to add a few baskets for their soft toys etc to go in. I’m mildly obsessed with this one from Amigos De Hoy at the moment and Munchkin & Bear never get it wrong with their range of gorgeous baskets as well.
The main aim of designing a room for your little one though is to make sure they love it. So run design choices past them, ask for their ideas and get them involved!
Nest Design Studios is a boutique children’s interior design business run by Belinda. Covering nurseries, kids rooms, playrooms and so much more. She offers Global E-Design as well as in home design services. Check out more via the links below
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