Wallpaper picks form basis for great kids' room designs stuff nation

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Chaz Reid discovered her love for designing children's rooms and nurseries while pregnant with her son.

Using wallpaper as a feature of the room, then building the design from there, is a theme of Chaz's room designs.

"This Remix wallpaper wouldn't typically be found in a nursery," says Chaz. "But it was the perfect choice for a room that was designed to surprise and shout "wow"! And I think it does just that."

We love it when a plan comes together, which it does in this showcase for A-Team figurines.

Instead of resigning yourself to having everything related to the latest commercial kids trend, you create children's rooms that are an extension of your existing home style.

Classic children's characters find their place against a spotty wall backdrop.

Never mind the kids, we'd be happy to claim this corner as an oasis of calm of our own!

A graphic wallpaper depicting aeroplanes and engines serves as the backdrop for a young boy's room.

This plane shelf is the perfect resting place for some wooden toy vehicles.

And the floating hot air balloons tie into the aviation theme.

For Chaz, a statement cot or bed and a great set of drawers are worthwhile investments for any child's room.

These house cubby holes are a perfect place to home different tiny toys or treasures as your child grows and their tastes change.

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Just over two years ago, I was pregnant with my son and it was while designing his nursery that I found my passion for kids interiors.

Before settling on the final design of his room I must have put together at least 30 different mood boards for it. I found I could get lost in kids design for hours so I thought I'd see where else I could take it. 

My focus has always been to design children's rooms that are an extension of someone's existing home style, rather than the typical Barbie theme that sticks out like a sore thumb when walking past the door; I am aiming to keep that door open with pride.

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I love unexpected solutions that wow, and am big on custom furnishings. 

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I think kids spaces are where one can take the most design risks in the home and I love to do just that, especially when it comes to wallpaper choices. I'm like a kid in a candy store and my favourite designs are the ones that are anything but the obvious.

The most important element in any nursery or bedroom is the feature wall, says Chaz.
Blanka Herrick

The most important element in any nursery or bedroom is the feature wall, says Chaz.

There are ways you can ensure parents and children are both satisfied, so that nurseries and bedrooms are pleasing to the adult eye but still magical to the child's imagination. 

When starting out, I find the most important thing to ask is how do you want the room to feel?

I find if someone doesn't understand design styles or how to explain what they want, I can quickly grasp what they are trying to get at from their answer to this question alone. When you also know what the room will primarily be used for, you're away. 

The most important element in any nursery or bedroom is the feature wall. It's the backdrop to the overall theme and all the other elements should build off of this.

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From there, I'd recommend investing in a cot or bed that is a serious show piece, and a great set of drawers.

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Before you start, ask yourself how you'd like the finished room to feel.
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Before you start, ask yourself how you'd like the finished room to feel.

When I realised my love of kids design, I thought I'd take a chance on myself and started the journey of building my business, L'adorabelle - Custom Interiors for Little Clients.

I also started designing custom cots because I just wasn't satisfied with what was out there. In a country saturated with replica furniture and design, it was important to me that everything in the room was bespoke. 

My advice to anyone designing a nursery or children's bedroom would be to scrap the thought that it's for a child and focus on one thing you love, whether it's a colour, pattern or texture, and build from that instead.

The furniture you choose to put into the room is just as important as what goes on the walls.
Blanka Herrick

The furniture you choose to put into the room is just as important as what goes on the walls.

A mood board is essential too, because it will ensure all the elements work together and your budget stays on track.

Do you have a fantastic or interesting home you would like to share? Email your photos, story and video to homed@fairfaxmedia.co.nz.

 

Chaz said this wallpaper was an unexpected choice for a nursery but it worked perfectly for the overall theme.
Blanka Herrick

Chaz said this wallpaper was an unexpected choice for a nursery but it worked perfectly for the overall theme.

 

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