James went on a business trip once and the person kindly offered to put him up for the night. I remember getting this distress call from him, late into the night, followed by a picture to share his nightmare. The pic showed a bed covered in approximately 10 000 soft toys, in all shapes and sizes, ready for him to dive in. Needless to say, you can’t really be at your best talking business the following day, knowing your host knows you shared the bed with a giant Hello Kitty. Business did not happen as planned, as you might have guessed – I think that saucy Hello Kitty was to blame. But I guess there is a lesson in this for all – like we should not speak to kids in silly baby language, so we should not ‘baby up’ any room to much.
The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.
I can honestly say that I’ve got a real love/hate relationship with creating nurseries/kids spaces. First off, it can veer to the kitsch side oh-so-very-quickly. Don’t get me started on those Disney-themed rooms – which include the matchy matchy duvet and wall decals for good measure. In my mind, that is considered the ultimate nightmare and sure to cause a child not to sleep.
My approach is quite pragmatic. Your little cherub is not going to be a tiny infant forever, which means that those ghastly Disney decals will most likely overstay their welcome. Rather pick a few key baby pieces (read for small) which affirms that the occupant of the room is indeed a baby/child, but could easily be removed should the room need to do double duty as a guest room for a night or two.
Which brings me to the point of this post. Lets not go crazy with the wall murals, please…. We don’t have to plaster the walls in a scene out of Narnia, just a beautiful copy of the book is enough to show you are educated and well-read. This is my solution. Why not opt for a piece of really big grown-up art? Something that could grow with them – much nicer and way edgier! I’m busy trying to pull my 6 year old’s room together and am planning on going this route. Something impressive will take the edge of the blush walls, I’ve decided.
Now if your heart is screaming yes! to big art, but your wallet is screaming No!, then I’ve also got some solutions for you. My go-to source for pic art is normally AllPosters – I’ve -used them for many installations. Affordable, great quality and an insane selection. But what I love about it the most, the sizing options. If you’re looking for something a bit more exclusive, then Anewall is another site I would recommend. Beautiful, but just a little out of my budget for the moment. Minted also stocks some great fine art options for kids rooms.
What you think of these over-sized beauties? I think Liz Taylor below, might just get dad to get in on the pajama drill!
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