Q: To theme or not to theme?

A: Going for a theme means it’s relatively easy to achieve a coherent looking nursery or kid’s bedroom (be prepared to redecorate regularly to keep up with changing interests though). But themes can also overwhelm – be careful not to loose the all important balance between rest and stimulation. The way to overcome ‘theme-overload’ is to stick to one golden rule of interior design: create a single point of focus and keep the rest simple. In three practical tips:

  1. Keep walls and floors neutral and add easily replaceable accessories. If you can’t resist themed wallpaper, use it on just one wall.
  2. Don’t buy themed basics such as a bed, wardrobe or curtains. Instead, be creative and capture the essence. A hammock can turn a room into a desert island or pirate ship, sheer drapes and pretty bedding can create a princess bed.
  3. Try guiding your child gently towards a theme that you think will last longer than their current cartoon crush. An appreciation of good design is learnt and starts early.

Happy decorating!

x Ursula from Room to Bloom


(images clockwise: jonah’s room, into the wild wallpaper, wallpaper tree decal, children’s bedding, mountain beanbag)

About The Author

Children's Interior Designer

Interior designer Ursula Wesselingh is the founder and principal of Room to Bloom, London's first interior design company exclusively for children. Her expert advice has been widely published both on- and offline and she's a contributor to Living Etc, Mother & Baby, Pregnancy & Birth and The Portland Hospital's Nurture Magazine. For creative nursery and kid's room ideas visit her Room to Bloom blog. Ursula is here to help you create a stylish haven for your little one. Connect with her at @roomtobloom and Facebook, or send an email to ursula@room-to-bloom.com if you would like to see your decor questions answered here on The Baba Blog.

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