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Beyond Pooh Bear and Princesses: Tips for Creating Chic Children’s Rooms

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Creating Chic Children’s Rooms
 
 

Design-conscious parents are thinking beyond Pooh Bear and princesses to create chic, modern children’s rooms.

Here are Marsh & Clark principal, Stephanie Marsh Fillbrandt’s tips for creating stunning and safe spaces for infants.

Beyond Pooh Bear and Princesses Tips for Creating Chic Children's Rooms:

Beyond Pooh Bear and Princesses Tips for Creating Chic Children’s Rooms:

 

Safety

Safety is paramount when designing a nursery.

To keep babies happy, healthy, and toxin-free, consider all material compositions and finishes.

For example, for our Decorator Showcase nursery for triplets, we created cribs from medite, a non-formaldehyde MDF, and finished them with a soy-based, food-safe paint — safe for even the most active teethers.

To prevent off-gassing, we used non-toxic paints and finishes throughout the room and selected organic or natural fibers for our organic children’s bedding, carpets, and window treatments.

To prevent off-gassing, we used non-toxic paints and finishes throughout the room and selected organic or natural fibers for our organic childrens bedding, carpets, and window treatments

Sustainability

As with design in general, sustainability is essential in a nursery–both in using sustainable materials as well as creating a design that will sustain a child through multiple stages of his or her life.

For example, we chose FSC-certified machiche on both of the crib bases as well as the credenza surround. We also used wool for the window seat covers, carpets, and the bumpers because it is a sustainable fabric.

Washability

 

Selecting easy-to-clean materials is another important aspect to consider when designing a nursery.

Hardwood flooring, washable fabrics, and sponge-able walls all make keeping babies’ room clean and fresh child’s play.

The fabrics we used for our triplets’ nursery are made from all-natural fibers and fully machine-washable.

Both the Stringray rocking chair and the credenza are acrylic and super easy to clean.

Using area rugs over wood floors, instead of wall-to-wall carpet, makes floors easy to clean.

Beyond Pooh Bear and Princesses: Tips for Creating Chic Children's Rooms that are sustainable and healthy.

Storage

For ease and convenience, it is important to have accessible storage for both parents and children.

The front window seats of our nursery do double duty as easy-to-reach cabinets for favorite toys.

The changing tables, which double as mirrors, provide hidden storage.

They can be hung at any height, making them a great place to keep things you might not want your kids to be able to get too easily.

 

Flexibility

Multi-use items are important from both a cost and space-saving perspective, and flexible pieces that grow alongside your child are key.

For our triplets’ nursery, we created custom cribs that can eventually be converted into toddler beds.

Window seats and closets double as storage units and nightlights, and the changing tables function as mirrors and can be easily used for additional storage in the children’s later years.

Beyond Pooh Bear and Princesses: Tips for Creating Chic Children's Rooms that are sustainable and healthy.

Decor

When designing your child’s room, think beyond the deluge of duckies and primary colors to create a beautiful and innovative room that that appeals to your sensibilities.

Your baby won’t see color right away, but you will.

Feel free to choose a sophisticated color scheme.

For the triplet’s nursery, we used Benjamin Moore’s Beacon Gray, which appears to change from a light blue to gray and back again, depending on the light.

Subtle repetition of pattern creates a sense of harmony and balance.

For example, in the triplet’s nursery, the delicate curve of the dormer window, the gentle slope in the back of the stingray chair, and the ellipse pattern in the cribs are echoed in the credenza drawers.

we used Benjamin Moore’s Beacon Gray, which appears to change from a light blue to gray and back again, depending on the light.

Rooms to Grown on (and in)

Combining the elements helps ensure you have designed a nursery to grow on.

For a modern family, choosing safe, sustainable, washable, and transitional pieces with ample storage will make for a space that will be enjoyed for years to come.

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Jane

Thursday 17th of June 2010

Good thoughts. Thanks for sharing. Stopping by with a follow from TT's Follow Me Fridays. :)

Kel

Wednesday 26th of May 2010

I didn't know there was anything beyond Pooh Bear and Princesses. :) Great article, but it is pretty funny that one of my girls has a pooh room and one has a princess room. Maybe when they get older we will expand!

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