When it comes to children’s bedrooms, colour is key. Pink and blue – although popular choices – aren’t always the answer. Yes, they can look incredibly stylish (think soft mushroom pinks and sophisticated grey-blues), but sometimes it can be fun to go all out and experiment with brights. And by ‘brights’ we mean full-on multi-colour; vivid and vibrant, contrasting tones that will add a playful energy to the room whilst appealing to girls AND boys alike.
It is important to remember not to over-do it – creating this look successfully is all about balance. Keep the walls and furniture clean, simple and plain (white is always good) – and splash out on a handful of contrasting, colourful accessories with a good mix of pattern and solid colour blocks that will really stand out in the room.
When our friends at French Blossom invited us to guest blog recently, we were thrilled. With an inspiring collection of stunning room accessories and toys (in addition to their gorgeous fashion collection), they have everything you need to create this look. So it is with pleasure that we bring you our selection of beautifully bright and vibrant room accessories to help you create that technicolour dream room for your child.
1.‘Super Zéro’ by My Name is Simone (38 EUR)
We adore the quirky dolls by French design company My Name is Simone, and this little guy has to be our favourite. Never fear when Super Zéro is here, for not only will he brighten up the bed, shelf or chair, he’ll keep all those baddies at bay too. Dressed head to toe in smart navy, red, blue and mustard, with an adorable moustache and a very trendy hairstyle, he’s full of character and will bring a smile to the very youngest of faces.
2.‘Twisting Roads’ play mat by Deuz (50 EUR)
Play mats aren’t just for babies. And French designers Deuz have proved this by bringing us ‘Twisting Roads’. Winding roads intermingle with lakes, tunnels, roundabouts, bridges and buildings to create the perfect setting for play – just add toy cars! A great alternative to a rug, the mat is made from 100% organic cotton canvas and is machine-washable, and can be packed away in its tote bag when play is over.
3.‘The Party’ poster by My Name is Simone (17.50 EUR)
This fun, vibrant poster by the same designer starring Super Zéro’s friends will look fabulous as a feature on the wall. Telling a colourful story of a family party, it will occupy little imaginations for hours as they give the friends their very own names and personalities.We’re loving their cool outfits and colourful glasses – even the birds are wearing them! It’s a lovely accessory that will bring a splash of bright and a whole lot of character to the room.
4.‘The Animal Parade’ by Poisson Bulle (26 EUR)
We have fallen in love with these beautiful red and navy animal wall stickers. Featuring five clever creatures, each measuring approximately 17cm tall or long, including a drumming cat, an elephant magician, a balancing ball sausage dog, a winking tiger and an acorn-eating squirrel, children can place them wherever they wish – along the wall, on top of the shelf, over the mantelpiece, in the window (yes, they stick to glass too!) or dotted all over the room… Too cute for words!
5.‘Elmer the Elephant’ by Vilac (19 EUR)
French toy experts Vilac do an amazing job at creating bright and vibrant toys that will appeal to children young and old. And Elmer the Elephant is no exception – in a gorgeous, glossy multi-coloured patchwork of red, green, pink, orange, yellow, purple, black and white, babies and toddlers will adore taking him for walks. And no need to abandon him once they’re older either, for he’ll look stunning as a decorative room accessory on the floor or shelf.
6.‘Super Angel’ rabbit by Trousselier (35 EUR)
Simply adorable – and just like Super Zéro, looking pretty chic in red and navy – Super Angel rabbit is a friend and a hero for life. Suitable from birth (and what a very special gift for a new baby!), he is made from gorgeously soft plush that little hands will love to snuggle. His lovely long ears are perfect for babies to grasp and chew, and his friendly, smiley face will fascinate them. At 26cm tall, he’ll make a beautiful accessory for a cot, bed or chair, and a wonderful alternative to a cushion.
7.‘Harlequin Guitar’ by Vilac (28.50 EUR)
Vilac strike again with this fabulous wooden guitar, decorated with an all-over bright harlequin pattern. At 52cm long, not only will children love playing with it, but just like the other toys we have picked and featured, it will look stunning as a decorative room accessory as well. Together with Elmer the Elephant, The Party poster and Twisting Roads play mat, it will introduce an element of pattern to the room without being too overpowering.
The great thing about creating a bedroom around colour and pattern alone is that you don’t need to be tied to a single theme, nor does everything have to match. Instead you can have so much fun picking out eclectic pieces that contrast with each other but still work together as a whole. So whether your child is a budding rock star, super hero or a circus fanatic (or all of the above), you can pick and choose different elements that they’ll love, and bring them into the room through the accessories.
The result? A playful, vibrant, colourful space full of energy that is also personal to your little one. And when the products come together, they just work.
This is a Guest Blog Post by Nicky King
Bobby Rabbit is a blog ‘for little treasures’, where founder Nicky King brings you her very favourite finds including stylish children’s interiors, beautiful toys and innovative party ideas. Come and have a look at this lovely blog right here – Bobby Rabbit