Kate Sparks, a renowned children’s interior stylist is known for her ability to completely transform a room into a haven for children to play, relax and sleep in. Drawing on her work and passion as a teacher and her love for interior design, Kate founded Little Dwellings eighteen months ago and has grown from strength to strength since.
Although designing a beautiful nursery comes naturally for Kate, there are a few insider secrets that you can implement into your nursery design to create a haven for your child to enjoy.
Kate believes spaciousness is important in any great nursery design and should be highly considered during the initial design process. The layout of your nursery should be functional, fun and spacious, allowing for rest, play and the all-important floor time. Use functional furniture for storage and add bookshelves or floating shelves to the walls. This not only helps to keep the room tidy, it also adds another decorative element to the space.
If you plan to have a feature wall in your nursery, Kate suggests placing the cot against this wall. Positioning your cot against the feature wall will draw the eye directly to the area and it will help to create the illusion of a much larger room.
Bedding sheets and accessories are the pieces that really bring the styled space together. When choosing bedding for your nursery, pick sheets and accessories that complement the design of the room. Purchase bedding that is going to enhance the colours, décor, theme and features in your nursery.
Lastly, Kate suggests keeping your styling simple. Set a budget and look at ways you can purchase products that will transition as your child grows. Cots that transition into toddler beds and change tables that can be used as drawers will save you from having to make additional purchases later. When purchasing the fundamental furniture pieces opt for neutral colours as it will be easier to redecorate when your child outgrows the space.