Interior Ministry – A chat with Bobo Kids’ Julie Hamon about Nursery Interior Design
One of the biggest things to prepare when having a baby is the nursery. You want your new-born baby to love their nursery. It is after all the centre of their world. But what if you’re one of those people who aren’t adept at designing? The sort that ends up covered in emulsion, constantly trying to smooth air bubbles out of wall paper?
Well, you could check out our range of Nursery Interiors to find matching sets like the gorgeous Mille & Boris, the playful Timbuktales or, for something a little more eclectic, our brilliant Patternology collection. Alternatively, you could use a designer. Bobo Kids specialises in interior design services for children’s rooms. Founder Julie Hamon offers her advice on decorating your first nursery.
Three to four months before the birth. It can take a while for furniture to arrive, so it’s best to start planning early.
What is your starting point for a new design?
At Bobo Kids we get to know our clients well before we plan a design. I like to know what their tastes are and what their dream nursery would be, then I begin to look at colours and fabrics.
Is there a particular colour palate that really works?
Opt for neutral tones—very bright colours will date easily. Neutrals work for both boys and girls and will grow with the child. Add colourful accessories in the form of lampshades, cushions, beanbags and rugs. Decorative items like garlands, butterflies and wall stickers can also be easily added and removed.
What about materials?
Often the fabrics used will come from the design brief, but I also like to mix different textures, such as velvet and linen, to add interesting features.
How important is it to accommodate the parents’ tastes?
Parents will spend a lot of time in the child’s bedroom and it should be in keeping with the rest of the house, with maybe a few more quirky items. It should be a place where both parents and children can spend time together, to read books or play games. An armchair adds a contemporary touch and can be used for many years.
What if you’re tight on space?
Opt for furniture that has different uses. For example, if you buy a changing table, choose one which has plenty of storage for nappies, wipes and clothing. As the child grows up, you can remove the changing station section and keep the piece as a dresser. Bookshelves are always a good idea, too. As they grow up you’ll always wish you had more!
It’s best to opt for dimmable overhead lighting which can be kept low during the bedtime routine. Strategically placed lamps that are not too bright are a good idea, to help you find your way around if your child wakes during the night.
What about art in nurseries?
Children’s tastes form at an early age, so we always recommend adding art to their rooms, especially as they get a bit older. Vintage prints, retro posters, classic artwork or customised pieces can give the room a real wow factor.
What sort of things will we see in your designs?
I use a lot of picture frames to make a feature out of a wall. We use decorative garlands to brighten plain fabric, blinds or curtains, as they can be easily removed. In the past I’ve used things like star and butterfly shaped rugs to soften a room.
What do you like best about what you do?
I enjoy the creativity involved in taking a nursery right through from the initial design brief, and transforming it into a room the client loves.
Thank you, Julie.