We recently caught up with a couple of designers to chat about the latest developments in children’s bedroom décor. Here’s what they had to say:
1. According to Greg Dry from Egg Design, there’s a big movement towards grown up furniture, made on a small scale for children’s rooms. He says that instead of a traditional bunk bed, parents may now be looking for a mini sleigh bed, exactly like theirs for their little one’s room.
2. There’s a growing interest amongst creative families in contemporary design for children’s rooms.
3. As the appeal of handmade craft gains momentum, more and more parents enjoy the task of putting together furniture pieces for their children’s rooms themselves instead of having it delivered already assembled.
4. Parents are now also taking environmental factors into consideration when decorating their children’s rooms. South Africa has very few safety standards for furniture compared to European countries, so make sure that you do your research and find out what the health implications are off all the materials used for the furniture you want to buy for your child’s room.
5. There’s a growing movement of parents using “non-baby” furniture in their nurseries instead of traditional pieces like compactums that have no future use in their homes. “A chest of drawers with a baby mattress on top works perfectly for nappy changing and an armchair for breastfeeding doesn’t have to be upholstered in teddy bears,” advises Greg.
6. Sharon Burns of The Room specialises in children’s furniture and adds that a lot of parents are now opting for neutral colours in their nurseries because it doesn’t require much of an update as the child gets older.
7. What is the one must-have item that should be in your child’s trendy new room? “A loose blanket in a natural fibre on a child’s bed has become a décor staple,” says Sharon. Use a wooly blanket in winter and a cotton one in summer.
8. If you have an older child, a desk in his room is a must-have for doing homework.
10. Wall art has become an easy and affordable way of decorating kids’ rooms without committing to wallpaper that’s expensive to replace. Decals can be attached with prestick and removed later, avoiding a costly redecorating job when your little one outgrows the designs.
For more décor tips and inspiration, don’t miss Decorex Cape Town at the CTICC from 25 – 28 April this year.
Opening times: 10am – 7pm (closing at 6pm on the Sunday)