AT HOME WITH CHESHIRE DESIGNER
Cheshire interior designer, Amy Victoria, owner of Amy Victoria Designs has been designing beautiful homes across the UK since 2017. Her portfolio of showcases an array of stunning properties including Grade II Listed Old School House, Georgian Townhouse, Modern Family homes, Country Barn Conversions to a Beach Front Holiday Home to name a few. Amy transforms spaces into luxurious homes led entirely with the clients needs and desires in mind, with a personal hands on approach. We are at home with Amy, talking the top nursery room trends for 2023 and beyond.
We believe a nursery room is a baby's sanctuary, a place for early morning playtime rituals and peaceful evening bedtime routines. So, we believe that nursery decoration and styling is so important to find the perfect blend between style and playfulness, a place filled with natural calm for a peaceful nights sleep yet a playful space filled ready to create so many joyous, playful memories.
Here in England, the nursery furniture & decor sector is absolutely booming, we are seeing popularity in organic neutral schemes with pops of monochrome, wild safari animals and dreamy pastel hues. When designing nurseries, it is time to get creative! We are seeing a big trend of mural walls, especially safari mural walls bursting with colour and wild jungle animals, a wow factor that bursts a scheme to life.
TBC: How would you design around a theme wall that brings such a massive impact to a nursery which can be otherwise minimal and keeping the right balance when styling?
AMY: Feature walls are a great way of bringing a theme to life. Choose a colour in a muted tone from within the mural to paint the adjoining walls to keep the scheme coherent.
When accessorising, choose natural fabrics such as organic cotton linens for Window Treatments, a Rattan ceiling light, Shelving with peg hooks to style cute animal accessories, and fill the walls with jungle animal prints in frames in various sizes. Together this creates massive impact with minimum effort.
Top tip: Invite a giant plush giraffe to watch over your little one.
TBC: What are the top safari nursery accessories you are loving right now?
AMY: I love dressing plain walls with different wall hangings, such as a felt Lion Head wall hanging, mini felt banners or bunting with safari animals, and personalised name signs. This gives the baby plenty to look at whilst getting their nappy changed, resting or feeding.
To tie in a safari nursery scheme together I love the Palm Bay anti-roll changing mat, not only practical but super stylish and will work perfectly in the scheme!
TBC: How would you bring a safari theme into a nursery without a mural feature wall? Keeping the style generally neutral?
AMY: If you want to keep the nursery generally more simple, the safari vibe can still be achieved by incorporating the look through various accessories. Walls can be painted in muted Greens/ blush Pinks / Taupe colours.
Style the walls with a series of animal prints in washed wooden frames, a large floor standing Giraffe if space allows, add texture by layering a woven Lion Rug on top of the carpet. A changing mat from The Tiny Bed Company such as Palm Bay, Castaway or Little Mykonos would be the perfect nod this theme.
TBC: For a timeless unisex soft grey/neutral palette, what are the key design elements you would go for?
AMY: Using Stone/ Taupe/ warm Grey paint colours on the walls with woodwork and furniture in white to contrast is always a classic look that will never date.
Another timeless favourite of mine is wall paneling. Either half height or full height will add interest to the walls.
Brass fittings will instantly make the space feel more luxurious, which can be carried through to the lighting.
Laying different fabrics in the soft furnishings, window treatments and add a canopy over the cot or Armchair will add texture and depth.
TBC: We're loving neutral nurseries that ooze scandi style with lots of organic textures and plush fabrics, what does your dream nursery look like?
AMY: For a Girl, pastel Pinks, mint Greens & Lilacs toned with a deeper raspberry colour. Brass and iridescent fittings to create a dreamy space. I am loving anything rainbow, stripes, stars or under the sea.
For Boys, emerald Greens, or Stone & Blue tones styled with warm Ochre teamed with animal, circus or jungle themes.
For Gender Neutral, Warm Taupe/ Stone colours with simple white contrast furniture, brass fittings, teddy bears or hot air balloons wall hangings.
If you would like assistance to create an effortlessly beautiful, stylish nursery for your baby, Amy Victoria Designs is here to help you create the perfect space for both you and your baby.
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