Wallpaper goes wild at kids expo

CHILDREN’S bedrooms and nurseries have come a long way from the themed “matchymatchy” rooms they once were just a few short years ago.

Next month, The Herald Clover Kids and Baby Expo will highlight decor trends with a view to the smaller people in the family. The annual show will be held at Moffett on Main Lifestyle Centre from September 27-29.

Port Elizabeth interior decor business Funteriors will decorate the Baby Changing Room at the expo, an added service for moms with babies.

Funteriors owner Julie Scheepers said a lot of people are opting for “a more grown up space that allows it to flow with the rest of their house, as well as being a room that their children can grow into, with their ever-changing tastes”. These types of rooms generally have a neutral palette, are simple in their design and less “themed”. allowing you to constantly add colours and textures to the room, building as you go.

Hot colour themes include gray with touches of soft yellow, pink and tangerine. These colours are great for nurseries as they are calming and soft and are a refreshing change from stone, pink and blue.

  • Bold, bright colours and patterns are also a hot colour palette. Neons, as with fashion, are also creeping into the linen and décor.

  • Vinyl stickers and wallpaper have become popular and are an effective and easy design tool.

“Because vinyl, stickers and wallpaper are no longer a lifetime commitment, they are such a fun way to spruce up a room or add the perfect finishing touch. These can be subtle or bold,” Scheepers said.

“Wallpapers have grown so much in the past few years that you can almost find any paper you can think of! Our newest range has a paper for almost every taste, from plain stripes to bold patterns for the truly daring!”

Furniture for children’s bedrooms and nurseries is still very much left to people’s own personal taste and the good old classic look is still as popular as the modern, clean lined look, she said.

“What we have found with beds is that there is a big trend towards loft beds and taking the sleeping area off the floor. This is largely due to space constraints but is a growing trend globally in terms of design too.”

  • There is also still a lot of focus on clever storage and using a single space for a dual purpose.

Funteriors will exhibiting at The Herald Clover Kids and Baby Expo – and is giving away a prize.

  • Further information from event organiser Linda Harwood, 083-310-0750.

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