The wallpaper trend just isn’t going away. When I first started as a nursery designer, wallpaper was still in the “scary” category. A lot of my clients weren’t sure about making the investment, and were afraid of dealing with the possible removal of the wallpaper down the line. All fair points! But the newer wallpaper patterns are so great that sometimes you just have to take the leap. Also, many companies are making removable or peel and stick wallpaper, which are perfect for nurseries and kid’s rooms because you don’t have to worry about damaging your walls (or even just dealing with the elbow grease).
I love finding unique products to add to the Little Crown Interiors Shop, and these wallpapers fit all my criteria. These patterns are beautiful, high quality, and they all come in either the traditional pre-pasted paper or removable options. Let’s take a look…
When I first saw this Ballerina Wallpaper, I was hooked. I’m also partial to ballerinas because I grew up taking ballet classes and I still love the ballet. The little hand drawn dancers on this paper are so sweet! In person, the colors are absolutely gorgeous. They are so subtle, but the tones are perfect and not too pink.
Same goes for the French Chair Bunny Wallpaper. The hand drawn feel is so adorable, and the colors are so subtle that you could wallpaper all four walls of a nursery or kid’s room and it wouldn’t feel claustrophobic.
It’s hard to tell by this photo, but the bows on this Tiny Bows Wallpaper are super tiny, like an inch. I can just imagine how sweet this would look in a French style little girl’s bedroom with billowy bedding and touches of black. The bows are also silver, not gray, which adds that little touch of glamour.
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Last week was the JPMA Baby Show (Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association), right here in my Orange County backyard. This is a bit of a smaller show compared to the annual ABC Show in Las Vegas, but there were still some great new nursery furniture brands as well as some other fun finds. This is definitely one of the perks of being a nursery designer – I get to see all the newest brands up close and personal, which is important since I’m recommending these brands to my clients.
My first stop was Little Seeds. I noticed their booth right away because it was designed in all black and gold. Little Seeds is essentially a more affordable version of some of the designer nursery furniture companies you may have seen. The gold metal crib and changing table collection above is taking inspiration from the gold trend that’s everywhere right now.
Little Seeds is also creating modern crib designs, like the one above. Again, it’s definitely an homage to the higher end brands using beautiful hardwoods, but they’ve made it into a much more affordable option by using less expensive materials.
Next up is Kidsmill, a nursery furniture company out of the Netherlands. I was charmed by their accents and their delicious Dutch cookies that kept ending up in my hands. They are branching out to the U.S. with their sleek designs, and everything should be available this coming Fall. And yes, they assured me that everything will be up to the U.S. safety standards (after all, this was the JPMA show which monitors safety guidelines). I’ve always been a fan of nursery furniture that combines multiple finishes. The collection above was my favorite from their line since it blends pure white with a medium tone wood with lots of variation.
I couldn’t resist stopping at the Ubbi booth because it’s just so darn colorful. I’ve been preaching about the Ubbi diaper pail since it launched several years back. I love that they have so many color options to match whatever nursery decor you’ve got going on, but they are also a legitimately quality product. My favorite newer option they now offer is the eco friendly cloth liners, instead of trash bags. I’m always in favor of less plastic in a nursery, not to mention less trash in the landfills.
Lastly, I stopped by the DockATot booth, mainly because it was just the prettiest thing I’ve ever seen. They definitely get the award for best booth design, maybe of all time (and I’ve been to a lot of trade shows). Right at the end of the video, you can see the new designs above the counter. They’re not on the DockATot website yet, but if you look closely, you’ll see that the new patterns are amazing. They’ve got dark florals, palm leaf print, and even cararra marble, basically every major trend of 2017.
When I was just starting out as a nursery designer (10 years ago!), I can still remember the first time I went to my local fabric and wallpaper showroom. I’d been there before on other jobs, but never for a nursery. Back then, a lot of people were still afraid of wallpaper and I wasn’t getting very many requests for it, but I decided to take a gander anyway.
The room had literally hundreds upon hundreds of wallpaper books, along with even more wall panel displays – seriously overwhelming. But here’s the thing: a wallpaper stock room in Orange County is going to be about 99% neutral. You know, beige, tan, ivory, grey, etc. Thousands of shades of neutral patterns. So when I saw the spine of a wallpaper book that was neon pink, I got pretty excited.
That wallpaper book was from Pip Studio, which I had never heard of at the time. The name “Pip” comes from the designer’s alter ago. Yes, you read that right. ALTER EGO. It’s like an adult’s imaginary friend created this wallpaper line. Let’s take a gander…
See what I’m talking about? I’m sure you’ve seen the bold floral nursery wallpaper trend that’s happening just about everywhere lately. Well, Pip Studio was onto that trend years ago. And the Chinoiserie trend. And the bird trend.
Oh, and the gold metallic trend? They have that one too. I’ll be honest, this lady bug pattern actually makes me cringe a little, but objectively it’s really cute (for someone who likes bugs). This one comes in lots of colors, including multiple shades of pink (for girls who like bugs).
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have a problem with neutrals. Neutrals can be very appropriate for a nursery design, and color can always be layered in. This pattern is neutral, but definitely not boring. I actually just wrote a whole post about choosing neutral wallpaper for a safari nursery I was working on. There is absolutely a time and a place.
This one you just have to see up close. It’s called geometric, but it also has such a traditional hand-painted feel, making it very versatile. The colors are so rich and pigmented and the combination of emerald green, cobalt blue and bright pink is stunning.
I absolutely love peonies, and whenever I see them I have visions of big peony arrangements sitting on the entry table of a very wealthy Upper East Sider (Gossip Girl anyone?). There’s something so romantic about them and their very specific shade of pink. I can think of nothing sweeter for a girl’s room.