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Since it’s Black Friday…I thought we should take some time to think black in the nursery.
When I first started Alphabet Monkey in 2010, black was a colour I started adding to my designs as mums were looking away from traditional colours. And today..well I think we all know the monochrome trend is huge.
But are you brave enough to actually paint a wall black? Especially a nursery wall?
Check out these gorgeous examples and I guarantee you will be won over with black feature walls in the nursery.
The dark colour actually has an effect of receding so it looks further away creating an illusion of more space..not closing it in as some people may assume.
White and colour really pops against this deep base.
How pretty yet minimal is this space for a little girl..it feels far from stark.
I personally think the rooms with timber and textured rugs are my favourites..it really create a lot of interest against the strength of the black base.
So, what do you think?
Have I won you over?
Although pastels are trending again in nurseries, I don’t think black is going anywhere soon. You could also do a similar style with navy which could work equally well in boys or girls spaces.
When it comes to bunnies, my favourite has got to be Miffy. If you have somehow managed to live life this far and not know who miffy is… she is a little rabbit character created by Dutch artist Dick Bruna to entertain his son in the mid 1950s. she has grown in popularity around the world ever since.
So I’ve gathered 6 kids spaces I love that use Miffy products.
It appears that any self respecting scandi space really MUST have a Miffy lamp.. they come in two sizes and the larger size is just huge…as seen above.
This simple nursery makes a feature of some Miffy art.
Miffy cushions above add some fun and of course here is another lamp.
And below the colour of the little knitted Miffy sets the tone for the colour scheme of the whole room.
For all things Miffy you can check out this site.
Pictures all via my pinterest nursery boards , for sources head here
Introducing a new scandi inspired black and white patchwork quilt that I have just finished. Since so many of you requested the swedish cross in our Facebook competition, I have incorporated it into our own style. I have named it the Pia Scandi quilt.
While it is a bit busier than the simple cross blanket I feel that in a very basic nursery the pattern of the quilt can bring a bit of interest to an otherwise monochrome nursery. Anyway if you want that total simplicity you can just buy the actual blanket..which we discussed back here.
I’ve put it together with some other nursery ideas for you.
1. Pia Scandi Quilt by Alphabet Monkey
2. Donna Wilson Mono Cat at Kidostore
3.Sleigh chair from Freedom
4.Polar Bear print by A Grape Design
5.Triangle mobile by One Little Shop
6. Ouef Sparrow cot at Kidostore
7. Rokii Rocking egg and animal at Kidostore
8. Pia Scandi Cross cushion by Alphabet Monkey
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I am seeing scandi inspired crosses everywhere these days. And particularly the blankets.
I thought I’d do a bit of digging to find out a bit more about these blankets and also find out where you can snap one up.
They are the work of swedish designer Pia Wallen who is best known for her high quality felt products and in particular her Crux blanket featuring the cross.
The cross is a symbol of hope in the Swedish folk arts traditions and so it seems fitting that the blanket has become a symbol of all things scandinavian.
It was first introduced in 1991 and is made by a small swedish mill where they use traditional weaving and felting techniques along with the highest quality wools.
The ‘Crux’ blanket is 100% wool and was both expensive , limited and highly sought after.
In response to this, Wallen released the ‘Cross ‘ blanket in 2011. It was created to offer a more accessible version but maintaining the design integrity of the original. This version is 100% cotton and made from ecological cotton from Peru. The main visual difference is that the cross is slightly smaller. This may explain its’ renewed popularity.
Although we are talking of this as a trend it really has a much more enduring quality as a symbol of scandinavian design..so if you do pay out the big bucks for the Crux you can be sure it will never really go out of date, especially if you are a scandi design junkie.
Baby blanket in wool available from Story North
Cross throw ..find similar items on Etsy
Woollen owl cushion from Kidostore
Felt cloud cushion from Alphabet Monkey
So Emerald was named the Pantone colour of the 2013 … so we’ve had all year to get used to it so how do you feel about it?
I feel like I haven’t seen as much of it as I hoped to.
Most of us feel quite safe decorating with greens like pistachio and olive. But this shade is a little different..more intense. Is it too bold for you to work into your home? Your wardrobe? A little dash will do the trick.
I own a few pieces of clothing in this colour and love it. I have been on the lookout for the colour to trickle through from fashion into interiors and although I’ve seen some great uses I haven’t seen it used much in kids rooms or nurseries…yet.
I came across this fantastic scandi style boys room on pinterest and was mesmerised by it. I just love that brilliant green wardrobe and it’s contrast to the stark white and black.
The raw timber brings some rustic warmth to the room.. I love how they have dipped the feet of the stool in white..blending it into the floor.
And of course the vintage elements like that amazing trunk on castors just makes it. I love the mix of the room but I wonder if it’s just the green that I’m drawn to. Just because it’s something bold and different. Just look at the interesting ways they have incorporated it in, including that half wall.
I will be on the lookout for more green and encourage you to consider it for your boys room, or even for a gender neutral nursery. Rainbow brights that are also fashionable at the moment will fit right in too.
I will be embracing this colour in some of my upcoming ranges so you can be sure to be able to find something for a cool , modern nursery.
I was looking through my pinterest board for my ‘pinterest pick’ when I noticed how many rattan /cane cots I had pinned.
The use of rattan furniture in interiors has had a huge resurgence over the last few years..you must have seen those gorgeous peacock style bedheads and those amazing chairs. As always some of those trends have seeped into nurseries too.
So I’ve gathered some pictures for your inspiration.
Pictures and sources can be found though my pinterest boards here