Villa Nova

Things to remember when redesigning a child's bedroom

Image by  Villa Nova

Image by Villa Nova

Since we put up our new Villa Nova Picturebook display and started working on the kids’ playroom at our village local, it’s safe to say that we’re very focused on the little ones this season. Therefore, we’ve compiled some useful tips to help you renovate your children’s bedrooms. If it’s their first ‘big’ room or they’ve outgrown its current scheme, we’re here to help you create the perfect child’s space.

1.      Keeping it colourful

Colours and patterns are where its at for kids. They love things that are bold and bright. One good way of doing this is by pairing your child’s favourite colour with neutral shades, as this can help retain a timeless look that can’t be outgrown as easily. Neutrals have the advantage of longevity, and by matching these with colourful accessories and features will make it easier to swap the design around as your child grows.

‘All My Books’ by  Harlequin

‘All My Books’ by Harlequin

Another way of incorporating colour is to use feature wallpapers. Many kids’ wallpapers are busy and bold, so they will balance nicely with more toned-down styles. Prints that showcase your child’s interests is a great way of adding personality to a room, and with such a wide range of children’s wallpapers out there, you are sure to find one that is ideal for your child. We personally love ‘All My Books’ wallpaper by Harlequin, which provides a more fun and modern take on the traditional library wallpapers that are trending right now.  This is perfect for bookworms-in-the-making, but if your child is more of an arty type, the ‘Scribbler’ wallpaper by Sanderson is ideal. Harlequin’s ‘Sail Away’ wallpaper is a lovely option for those who love adventures by the sea, also by Harlequin.

2.      Bring nature inside

‘Arctic Antics’ by  Villa Nova

‘Arctic Antics’ by Villa Nova

Nature is a huge trend this season, and not just for adults. Kids love animals, colourful flowers and exploring new worlds, so why not incorporate these into their bedrooms? Their imaginations will run wild with the amount of prints out there, such as Villa Nova’s Picturebook collection. The prints designed by Frann Preston-Gannon and Yuval Zommer feature jungle animals and teeny insects, and would make fun additions to a kid’s bedroom. There are also sea-life and Arctic-inspired designs available, perfect for a nautical scheme. The ‘Arctic Antics’ fabric use multiple textures and hues to bring the ocean to life, complete with polar bears and seals. This fun design has many uses, so it’ll be easy to incorporate it into your home.

Floral prints are another great option if your child has a passion for the outdoors. If it’s a girly room you’re after, flowers work perfectly, and there is a wide range out there for you to choose from. Harlequin offer many choices when it comes to floral prints, such as ‘Ditsy Daisy’, a charming daisy motif printed in three different colourways. Or, as a twist to a simple floral design, ‘Pretty Ponies’ by Sanderson feature ponies inlaid with intricate flowers.

3.      Keep the light out

‘Beautiful Balloons’ by  Sanderson

‘Beautiful Balloons’ by Sanderson

When it comes to window treatments, black out lining is an essential for children’s rooms, especially for the little ones. Preventing any light coming in to the room will guarantee a good-night’s sleep for your child, helping them feel more refreshed and lively in the morning. Blinds and shutters are more popular than curtains when it comes to kids’ rooms, as they are better at keeping out the light and can come with motorised controls that can be kept out of the way of little fingers. Venetians are ideal here, as they offer good light control. These blinds that we created here using Sanderson’s ‘Beautiful Balloons’ fabric would be perfect for a child’s room, as the design features whimsical hot air balloons that are bright and bold, adding to a colourful colour scheme.

But just because you’re trying to keep it as dark as possible at night, doesn’t mean that you can’t provide some ambient lighting as your child settles down. After all, who doesn’t love reading a bedtime story next to the comforting glow of a night light?

4.      Think about storage

‘Ballerina Colours III’ by  Camelot

‘Ballerina Colours III’ by Camelot

Storage is one of the most important things to consider when it comes to a child’s bedroom. Children usually have a large number of toys and teddies when they’re little, and this continues throughout most of their childhood. When school starts, they have books and stationary to think of. Fortunately, there is a wide range of storage for you to choose from and designed to suit your desired age group. Baskets are a good option for the little ones who have lots of toys, as this means that they can be picked up and put away as quickly as they are taken out again. Drawers are good as the child grows, as they can be used for anything from clothes to stationary. Wanting to decorate them? Simple touches such as adding framed photos or artwork will provide a nice homely touch. Camelot Pictures offer a wide range, from woodland creatures, flowers and dancers.

A more on-trend storage idea is using window seats. Having a window seat as storage can help maximise room space and add an element of surprise for young children. We’ve created many seat pads for window seats over the years, but some of our favourites include Forest Guest House and for this private client.

5.      Accessorise, accessorise

‘Tiny Turtles’ by  Villa Nova

‘Tiny Turtles’ by Villa Nova

Our last tip is to add small touches and accessories to help give your child’s room a homely feel. Villa Nova’s cushions from their Picturebook offer a range of coordinating cushions that match their collections, as well as rugs and wall stickers. We adore the ‘Tiny Turtles’ cushion, as its playful, simple and yet effective. The ‘Treasure Map’ cushion by Sanderson is bold and busy, in true childlike style, and comes in two colourways so you can add it to multiple schemes. We can also make cushions using your desired fabrics in our own workroom.

The joy of designing children’s bedroom is that there are so many options, from whimsical to dainty, to busy and colourful to simple and intricate. But, if you’re struggling to choose, feel free to come visit our showroom and our designers will help you create a room that your child will fall in love with.

An adventure in illustration: the Villa Nova Picturebook

 
Image by  Villa Nova

Image by Villa Nova

We briefly discussed Villa Nova’s latest collection over on our Decorex blog, but, seeing as we love it so much, we’ve decided to dedicate an entire post to it. It’s even the inspiration behind our new window display! This collection is child-friendly, inspired by memories of the eccentric storybooks that we used to read as children. The website features colouring pages that you can print off, and the collection is told in ‘chapters’. Villa Nova has made this collection more interactive and fun, ensuring that your little ones are going to enjoy it even more.

‘Monkey Bars’ by  Villa Nova

‘Monkey Bars’ by Villa Nova

The first chapter of this range is by Frann Preston-Gannon, a London-based illustrator and author. Her designs are inspired by the exotic Amazon rain forest, and feature many animal-based prints. One of her patterns, ‘Monkey Bars’, feature many fuzzy monkey faces, creating a fun and exciting design. This has been printed as cushions, wall coverings, and fabrics. It is sure to add a mischievous touch to any room.

‘Bear Hug’ by  Villa Nova

‘Bear Hug’ by Villa Nova

In complete contrast to the rain forest, Preston-Gannon also takes us to the Arctic, where polar bears and seals float across the sea on icebergs while fish and play beneath them in the water. A personal favourite of this collection is the ‘Bear Hug’ cushion. This adorable mum-and-baby design features a mother polar bear hugging her child on a blue fabric with a coordinating soft chenille on the reverse side.

In the second chapter of our adventure, Christopher Coerr takes us to the pink city of India, downtown New York and the vibrant Mediterranean. With the ‘Hustle Bustle’ range, we explore the busy Indian street markets, where you can be amazed by the colourful animals and people whizzing by on their bikes. The ‘Hustle Bustle’ fabric, available in two colourways, is an exciting design that captures the busy atmosphere of India, featuring the range of people and animals that you would see on the Indian streets.

‘City Lights’ by  Villa Nova

‘City Lights’ by Villa Nova

His NY designs capture the bright city lights that dazzle anyone who sees them. ‘City Lights’ is a print that portrays the illuminated skyscrapers when their residents have turned on their lights. The design is simple: yellow rectangles and boxes embroidered onto a white background - not a building in sight. This geometric fabric is unique and can be paired with many other patterns in the collection, deeming it to be a very versatile design.

‘Island Hopping’ by  Villa Nova

‘Island Hopping’ by Villa Nova

Coerr’s final collection portrays the white-washed house and the vibrant blue sea. A nautical colour scheme is the basis for the products in this range, but they are still unique and full of life. The ‘Island Hopping’ fabric shows a hive of activity, full of boats sailing the sea, laughing children and pleasant villagers getting on with their day. Or, for a more toned down look, ‘Teeny Santorini’ is a wallcovering available in three colourways and focuses on the villas that line the hills of the Mediterranean. It is a simple print that features the outline of these buildings on a white background, making it the perfect contrast to Coerr’s more vibrant fabrics.

‘Walkies’ by  Villa Nova

‘Walkies’ by Villa Nova

The third illustrator involved in this collection is Yuval Zommer, whose designs gives us a bugs-eye view of the world. Tiny ladybirds, beautiful butterflies and buzzing bees are feature in this playful range, plus larger, much-loved animals, including little dogs! ‘Walkies’ present a range of dogs making friends with each other on their walk, with each one having its own character and design. Chickens peck away at an orchard in ‘Apples and Pears’, while frogs leap from pond to pond in ‘Duck Pond’. There is such a variety of prints in this collection, and the range of animals helps to ensure that children will surely find one they love.

Image by Calico Interiors

Image by Calico Interiors

All three illustrators have also drawn wall stickers based on their designs, to decorate your home even further. We used a few from Frann Preston-Gannon’s jungle range on our shop window, and we can confirm that they really helped bring our display to life.

Villa Nova’s collection is different to most that we have in our showroom, as it’s rare to find an exclusive children’s range. We recommend coming to take a look, as you will be amazed by these exuberant prints that will add a fun element to your home.

 

Finding inspiration at Decorex and Design Centre 2018

 
Image by Calico Interiors via  Instagram

Image by Calico Interiors via Instagram

Located at Syon park, London, Decorex International is a leading interior design event that provides the opportunity for designers to showcase their latest collections, initiate new partnerships, and find all sorts of inspiration. The exhibits include fabrics, wallcoverings, lighting and furniture, and seminars and talks are held throughout the four-day event. The theme for 2018 was ‘Blank Space’, and so the show floor was designed as a blank canvas that allowed interior designers’ to stand out and flourish. Last week, a few members of the Calico Interiors team attended Decorex 2018, where they met many established brands and designers, and gained an insight into the latest interior trends for this year.

On Monday, the team were attracted to Villa Nova’s Picturebook, a collection of fabrics, wall coverings and accessories designed by renowned illustrators, including Fran Preston-Gannon, Christopher Corr and Yuval Zommer. Each artist has created a range of prints, with Preston-Gannon’s designs focusing on the Amazon rainforest, Corr’s is inspired by the cities of India, New York and the Mediterranean, and Zummer’s focuses on the world of bugs and insects. This collection is full of fun and enchantment, as it was inspired by whimsical children’s books.

The following day, the team headed over to the Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour for Focus 2018, where designers, stylists, architects and more present their collections and products to the public. The theme this year was colour, with over 100 immersive events that celebrate colourful displays and interiors.

‘ Lilac ’ display by Cole and Son

Lilac’ display by Cole and Son

Cole and Son’s latest collection, Botanical Botanica was on display here. These captivating designs capture the transforming landscape throughout the year, including gardens, woodlands and meadows. There are a range of colours in this collection to reflect each season; pastels for spring, vibrant hues for summer, dark tones for autumn and cool and crisp colours for winter. There are many floral wallpapers, such as ‘Lilac’, a beautiful spring flower that will help bring nature into any country or contemporary home.

Another exhibit that our team loved was Style Library, where collections from brands such as Sanderson, Zoffany and Morris & Co. were on show. The exhibit consisted of design boards and artistic displays, providing plenty of inspiration for attendees.

Les Indiennes     display by Nina Campbell at Osborne & Little

Les Indiennes display by Nina Campbell at Osborne & Little

As well as this, collections from Designers Guild and Osborne & Little were on display. Designer’s Guild featured their green and blue hues, including the ‘Quill Velvet Cobalt from their Tulipa Stellata collection, which we used for one of our clients’ home earlier this year. Osborne & Little showcased Matthew Williamson and Nina Campbell’s latest collections: Deya and Les Indiennes.

There was so much to see across these exhibitions, and our team left feeling inspired and excited for the new season. Have a look at the slideshow below to see more of the collections and displays.