Mountain theme for a boys bedroom

Mountain theme for a boys bedroom

Mountain theme for a boys bedroom

 

A Mountain theme Bedroom for a Nature Loving Boy

 

Wilf (12) needed a new room to support his wellbeing

and to reflect his love of nature.

 

The initial brief was to create a room that Wilf (12) could grow into, with separated out zones for work, rest and play.  But it was very much designed around his specific needs which really impacted his wellbeing. Part of his condition affects the way he processes sensory information so he needed a space that felt calm and safe. So warm enveloping colours and a den-like safe place to retreat to when feeling overwhelmed was key.  We created him a mountain theme for a boys bedroom. 

Mum is a Forest School teacher and so they are massively into nature, sustainability and renewable energy (they have an electric car for instance). This naturally had me thinking all things nature and organic products. He also had many collections of books and treasured items which either needed to be ordered and/or included in the design.

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His Pinterest page (that I asked him to create) reflected images of nature, animals and the planets. The room images were all warm dark inky shades with diffused lighting. It was clear to me that even the hero items in this space literally had to be part of the landscape! I presented the concept image for his room and gained his positive feedback and constructive criticism to start developing the design.  

As the main backdrop I chose a mountain scene wallpaper that wrapped two walls. Because of the way he deciphers some things we offered a few choices as we had to be careful that he couldn’t distinguish any scary faces/images in the patterned wallpaper!  I then matched the colours from this palette and wrapped the other two walls in dark blue and took the lighter blue over the ceiling.

My presentation is always to Mum and Dad first. Reason being; is so they can edit the options to suit their budget and also have a little control on how much they want to dial up or down the scheme. It always stays true to the scheme though and still leaves plenty of options for them to choose which provides a fun and collaborative experience.

I loved presenting this room to Wilf, he literally marked me out of 10 for each item, so it was that cut and dry on final edit!

 

“It makes me feel calm and safe. The colours are soothing and there’s no sharp angles, which makes it feel easy on my eyes, this helps me with aspects of my autism”

Boys Bedroom by Barker Design, featured by Rooomy Magazine
Boys Bedroom by Barker Design, featured by Rooomy Magazine
Boys Bedroom by Barker Design, featured by Rooomy Magazine

 

The bed was bespoke designed by me, allowing plenty of shelving for books on all sides. There’s even some secret compartments within the bed that even his brother doesn’t know about! It’s made out of Valchromat, essentially a wood fibre that’s individually impregnated with organic dye, so no need for paint, it’s therefore incredibly durable! 

The desk and shelves are also bespoke design by me, and out of the same material. 

The wardrobe storage fits neatly into the ceiling end of the room and leaves room for a bed-settee. Coffee table, pouffes (and cork notice-board) so he can chill out with friends.  

 

Boys Bedroom by Barker Design, featured by Rooomy Magazine
Boys Bedroom by Barker Design, featured by Rooomy Magazine
Boys Bedroom by Barker Design, featured by Rooomy Magazine

 

All the lighting is dimmable and diffused to ensure no bare bulbs for glare. He loves the monkey bed-side light, which looks like it’s climbed it’s own monkey bars in the bed! The planet mobile is a stunning piece of art in itself which I’m sure he’ll keep for many years to come! He also has a projector which projects stars and planets on the ceiling to create different scenes for calming. The pendant replicates a fluffy cloud suspended against the mountain scene wallpaper!

It’s a space to work, play & socialise but most importantly to escape to when things get too much. I received the warmest of hugs when it was all completed. A tearful career high for me!

 

Boys Bedroom by Barker Design, featured by Rooomy Magazine

“It’s got everything, tons of cool stuff without being overwhelming.

There’s space for my books, collections, work and even a secret hiding space in my bed.  

Marks out of 10, I’d give it a 10, there’s so many cool features!”

Over the last twelve years Justine (Barker Deign)has worked on a range of homes and businesses implementing her own signature style of laid-back interiors. Mixing up pieces from different eras and creating that uncontrived effortless look has become key to all her designs. Achieving that ‘thrown together’ look comes from years of savvy sourcing and constantly being on the hunt for new materials and local artisans who are willing to create bespoke pieces that won’t break the bank. Believing that the place in which you live or work should inspire, harmonise and ultimately make you happier, she strives to push the boundaries in every design and create spaces that are every bit as individual as her clients.

Photography credit – Jonny Campbell

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Dulux ‘How To’ Guide

Dulux Expert Tips

Marianne Shillingford, Dulux Creative Director,

shares with Rooomy her expert advice and easy

‘How To’ guide for two striking, fun, rooms for kids

 

 

Dulux Sports themed room, creative director expert tips as seen in rooomy magazine

Sport Room

There is a joyful energy to the colour orange, which is perfectly captured in this sporty theme. We chose Tangerine Twist because it has more zest than sweetness, which appeals to both boys and girls, and looks fabulous with a bit of contrasting blue in the accessories.

The running track painted wall effect is simple, clean, graphic and really easy to achieve. The trick to getting the look sharp and keeping the orange glowing is to paint the wall white before you start and mask off the white tracks with wide low tack masking tape. The big stencils are easy to find online and the white is applied through the stencil with a foam radiator roller.

All in all, this is a decorating event that’s easy to enter without any training – and you’re guaranteed to take first place on the podium!

Paint credit – Jasmine White & Tangerine Twist

Expert tips

Before you start, here’s a few things to look out for:

  1. Use good quality low tack 2” decorators masking tape.
  2. Use a spirit level to check horizontal line for positioning numbers.
  3. Make sure that the foam roller or sponge for stencilling doesn’t have too much paint on it when you apply paint through the stencil. Load it with paint and then roll or dab off the excess onto some old paper before you start.

You will need:

Jasmine White Easycare matt – enough to paint the whole room

2.5 litre Tangerine Twist Easycare matt paint

5 x rolls of 2” low tack decorators masking tape (Frog tape)

1 x roll of 1” normal masking tape

2 x Dulux 2” brushes

Coloured chalk (we recommend children’s coloured chalks, as they stain less)

Ball of white string

Drawing pins

Number stencils

1 x small Dulux roller kit

2 x large Dulux roller kits

Dust sheets

Small stepladder

 

How to:

Step 1: Paint the walls Jasmine White.

Step 2: Measure and mark the position of the track lines at the top of the wall using coloured chalk

Step 3: Run some coloured chalk over the string of a plumb line and then line up with the measurements and fix with masking tape.

Step 4: Allow the weight to stop moving then pull the string tight against the wall and ‘pluck’ it off the surface to create a chalked line.

Step 5: Follow the chalked lines with masking tape and rub the edges down well.

Step 6: Apply a coat of white background colour over the masking tape to seal the edges and allow to dry.

Step 7: Apply two coats of Tangerine Twist Easycare matt to your wall, allowing the first coat to fully dry before applying the second.

Step 8: When the second coat is touch-dry, remove the masking tape carefully.

Step 9: Snap a horizontal chalk line to help position the number stencils. Make sure they are evenly spaced and then hold in place with masking tape.

Step 10: Use a small foam radiator roller to apply white over them – they will need two coats, so leave stencil in place between coats.

Circus Room

Red and white combinations in a decorating scheme are like a visual sweet shop. Always associated with performance and fun, bold stripes of colour instantly conjure up the excitement of the big top!

We designed this simple but effective painted technique to transform a bedroom into a circus tent and it’s something you can easily do over a weekend.

The effect is achieved with stuff that’s easy to get hold of: string, coloured chalk, cardboard, masking tape and red paint. You could use a pair of stilts for painting the ceiling, but a stepladder works just as well!

The secret to success with this look is to avoid too much clutter in the furnishings, accessories and artwork – allow the imagination to fill the space.

Paint credits

  • Banana Split
  • White Cotton
  • Pepper Red
Circus theme bedroom by dulux as seen in rooomy magazine with expert tips from creative director

You will need:

White Cotton – enough to paint the room plus a 2.5 litre tin for the ceiling.

2 x 2.5 litre Pepper Red paint tins

6 x rolls of low tack decorator’s tape

2 x Dulux roller kits

2 x Dulux 2” brushes

Tape measure

Coloured chalk (we recommend children’s coloured chalks, as they stain less)

Ball of white string

Drawing pins

Dust sheets

4-5 Step ladder (preferably with a grab handle)

For your skirting we recommend Banana Split as the perfect accent for this room

 

How to:

Step 1: Create a blank canvas by painting the ceiling and walls in White Cotton.

Step 2: Now find the centre point of your ceiling and mark it with coloured chalk.

Step 3: Once you’ve done that, measure the length of all the walls and divide them into an even number that will give you approximately 50-60cm wide stripes (although this will depend on the size of your room).

Step 4: Measure and mark your 50-60cm wide stripes along the top of the wall using coloured chalk.

Step 5: Next, cut a piece of string that will easily stretch from your marked centre point in the ceiling to the edges and run it over a stick of coloured chalk a couple of times.

Step 6: Tie a knot at one end of the string and use a drawing pin to hold the end in place at the marked centre of the ceiling.

Step 7: Line it up with a mark on the edge, pull tight and then ‘snap’ a chalk line onto the ceiling. Do this for every measured mark (you will need to apply more chalk as you go).

Step 8: Tape along the outside of the red stripes and rub your finger over the tape to make sure it’s stuck down really well to avoid any paint leaking over its line.

Step 9: Apply a quick coat of White Cotton over the edge of the tape you are going to paint red and allow to dry.

Step 10: Fill in with red using a small roller and brush. Leave to dry, then give it a second coat.

Step 11: Remove tape and touch up any little mistakes with a small artists brush. Ta-dah!

There you have it, two great colourful ways to bring a jolt of energy and fun into your kid’s space and even better, expert advice on how to make it a reality rather than a Pinterest Pipedream.  If you have any decorating dilemmas you can email us, the Rooomy team are always here to help, you can reach us at hello@rooomy.co.uk

Happy decorating, have fun 🙂

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Sustainable Wallpaper designs your kids will love

Rooomy’s Top 5 Walls for Sustainability,

for kid’s rooms and the family home

 

Looking for sustainable wallpaper is really easy now.  It is tough to find a company that don’t print on paper that comes from an FSC or PEFC certified sustainable forest, toxic paints are scarcely used the any decent wallpaper paste will be solvent free, so it’s just down to you to buy the good paste. 

Aimee Wilder – Star Tiger

If you child loves big cats and is also a funky kid then this design it for them and better yet the colour options means there is something to suite the outlandish with the neon pink or yellow, then there’s the muted blue, grey and brown for the more introverted personas and finally a stylish monochrome which always allows for pop of colour through out the room is you wish.  If you were feeling adventurous you could mix and match!  With the calm yet stern stare of the tiger, coupled with a starred eye nod to bowie, this paper will last for years as it works for all ages.

Blue Star Tiger wallpaper, nod to david bowie, perfect for kid's bedroom walls, as seen in rooomy magazine
Pink Star Tiger wallpaper, nod to david bowie, perfect for kid's bedroom walls, as seen in rooomy magazine

Little Greene

Oh, this design has it all.  Stars, flowers, colour, a sense of rainbow style it’s great!  It is available in three other colour ways all with a nod to the 60’s but unless your kid is into serious vintage the heavy yellows, browns and red might not be the vibe they’re looking for.  However the peacock colour way is a joyful finish, bringing the outside in, the playful movement of the pattern and something to bring joy to the soul. 

The paper used in Little Greene wallpapers comes from FSC or PEFC certificated sustainable forests; so for every tree used another four are planted. The pigments used to print them are completely non-toxic and their excellent wallpaper paste contains no solvent.

Peacock wallpaper by Little Greene as seen in rooomy magazine

Arthouse Ltd – Hidden Jungle

All the detail, design, colours, layering and gorgeousness you could ask for, all wrapped up in this hidden jungle design.  A wonderful way to inspire children to care about the planet is to surround them with the parts of the world they don’t get to experience.  Build their passion to these animals in the wild one day and they will be on board with conservation and sustainability for sure. 

Wonderfully versatile, you can hang this paper in a living room, bedroom, playroom or cloakroom – on all four walls for a dramatic look or on a feature wall. Suitable for most rooms except high moisture environments

Hidden Jungle wallpaper by Art House Ltd as seen in rooomy magazine for kid's rooms
Hidden Jungle wallpaper by Art House Ltd as seen in rooomy magazine for kid's rooms

Spoonflower – Katherine Quinn’s Whale Song

Whenever I research wallpaper I always pick a dark option as I think it is a stunning , striking and a brave way to decorate.  I am also conscious that as well as choosing FSC certified papers I’ve continued along the jungle theme in the hope of prompting children to think about the environment.  Of course, not all children are fans of land animals and some have a huge affinity with the wonders of our deep and vast oceans.  Kathrine Quinn has captured this beautifully in her design, I think we can tell she’s from New Zealand as she portrays many whales as well as sting rays, sea horses and plenty of fish.  A wonderful bold wall in any child’s bedroom whatever their age!

Spoonflower – Katherine Quinn Whale Song for kid's bedrooms as seen in rooomy magazine

Rebel Walls – Mischievous Tigers

Enjoy the confident and superior movements of one of the world’s most graceful animals – the tiger.  If the previous jungle design was too colourful for you and maybe you’re looking for a more realistic foliage design still incorporating the animal aspect, then this design is the one for you. They are up to all sorts in this design, weaving in and out of the leaves bringing a playfulness to the feel which is just what you want for your kids room.

All of Rebel Walls wallpapers are printed on a non-woven paper reinforced with nylon fibres that create no VOC (Volatile organic compound) in room temperature. They print with all-natural non-toxic colour compounds that produce no VOC and our paste is made from modified potato starch that is also non-toxic. 

Rebel Walls Mischievous Tigers for kid's bedrooms, playrooms and nursery, as seen in rooomy magazine
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The Accessories -Nursery Edition

Rooomy shares the best of the best nursery accessories

 

Once your essential furniture items have been selected then you can start to have lots of fun bringing life and character to the room with lots of wonderful accessories, bedding, cushions, rugs, wall hangings will all make a difference. The list is truly endless with lighting and mobiles to be added, we’ll have some further features on the site coming soon to highlight some top picks for you. But for now, take a look at these great finds.

 

BEDDING AKA SHEETS

Bedding for babies, to be fair it’s not so much bedding as it is sheets. Your baby won’t sleep under a duvet for a while yet and sleeping bags are a great way to go, so have some fun with the sheets for your baby’s bed as you will see them, you might as well make them fun and pretty to look at, instead of plain white or cream. Check some of these out! 

Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine
Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine
Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine
Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine
Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine

ALL THE CUSHIONS

Cushions galore, they really are the easiest way to bring colour and personality into your baby’s nursery, there are thousands out there to choose from but here is our pick of the colourful and fun ones.

Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine
Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine
Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine
Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine

TIME TO CHANGE

Changing mats, you will need one maybe even two/three, can be good to have one for each floor of the house, you will use it a lot. Great to make them interesting for you and later your baby when they start to roll, it’s so much fun when they do that and you’re trying to change their nappy.

Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine
Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine
Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine

WALLS TO GAZE ON

Once the obvious accessories have been taken care of then it is time to adorn your walls. There are plenty of pieces of artwork and prints to choose from, we always share our monthly top 5, woth checking out. But these wall hangings will bring great layering and textures to your Nursery walls, something for you to enjoy and for baby to gaze on. Perfect for you and of course make wonderful gifts for your friends who are also expecting.

Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine
Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine
Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine
Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine
Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine

BRIGHTEN THE FLOOR AND PROTECT IT

If you have a hardwood floor, you will want to bring a soft layer to the floor for you to be laying on and later for babe to be crawling on. If you have carpet in your nursery, we highly recommend you protect it with a rug. They add another point of interest to the room and will keep hard floors warm and carpeted floors safe.

Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine

 

Are you creating a nursery right now or know someone who is?  We hope you enjoyed these ideas and highly recommend you check out our latest issue of Rooomy Magazine.  It’s full of nursery inspiration, advice and tips from pros and mums and completely free, simply subscribe here.

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June Art for Kid’s Rooms

 

Art is a truly wonderful way to bring character to our homes and this should be no different in our kid’s bedrooms. Pick images that you hope will inspire them, that can set a certain mood and also allow them to choose pieces that represent different aspects of their personality and finally just find images they like to look at. Each month we offer a helping hand with our monthly top five suggestions – Here’s June, sorry we missed May, bit distracted by Issue 10 and Covid.

 

Bloom & Bear – Let Love Bloom

Kicking off with the top art pick from the latest issue of Rooomy Magazine (The Nursery Edition)

There have been rainbows everywhere during lockdown, the perfect visual antidote to all that has been going on around us. This beautiful illustration from Bear and Bloom is perfect for any home right now. It will spread joy, positivity, hope and dreaminess throughout.

Most rainbows have been big bold and beautiful, do not get me wrong I love all things bold, however there is always room for other styles and also I like to meet other peoples art needs not just my own. What I love about this piece is the details of the flowers, stars and leaves. Manifesting the thoughts of summer, growth and blooming, just what we need right now.

 

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Pretty In Print – Mermaids

Who misses swimming? I do! Mermaids are wonderful mythical creatures, Disney has made them cute and adorable but traditionally they are dangerous, even murderous.

These ladies here simply look like they are having a wonderful time being free in the water among the reeds and either exploring or playing together but most important of all, they are together, I miss my friends do you?

Available unframed, framed or on canvas.

Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine
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Squidgearoo – Rainbow Whale

You know where to go to find out how much a whale weigh don’t you? A Whale Weigh Station. Sorry that was my husband in my ear and then of course I couldn’t resist adding it, we all need the humour right now, however dad esq it is.

Anyway, continuing along the much-loved rainbow theme, here’s a beauty from the deep. But maybe you’re a bit rainbow arched out, maybe your child actually isn’t a fan, then this friendly creature from the deep could be a welcome addition for them, with a touch of rainbow magic, just the right amount in fact.

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Dear Prudence – Blackbird

“Blackbird singing in the dead of night, Take these broken wings and learn to fly, All your life, You were only waiting for this moment to arise”

Did you know this song before you saw Boss Baby? Have you even seen Boss Baby? Love that film, love this song, and have always loved The Beatles.

Don’t get caught up in art for kids having to be bright and bold and jolly, if sweet shop aesthetics are not to your liking then don’t force it, shop around for lovely little pieces like this, a touch of nature and a little chirpy chappy brings a different kind of joy into a kids space. The detail of the feathers makes him look soft and his little eye makes him look kind and innocent. Perfect for a child’s environment.

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Little Letter Studio – Awesome Alphabet Wallhanging

If you’ve seen the latest issue of Rooomy or the wallpaper post from two weeks ago you’ll know that I am a fan the Awesome Alphabet by Little Letter Studio, mostly because I like the Golfing Gorilla, whom I have now named Gerald after my dad, weird really as my dad doesn’t like golf, but I like the name Gerald.

I was thrilled when I saw the wallpaper design had been transformed into a wall hanging, wallpaper is a big commitment, being able to pop this up in your child’s bedroom is of course helpful for this early years, learning to grasp the alphabet but also playful enough for then they are older and thinking about how creative.

It is also available with the option to personalise, perfect for your kid or as a gift.

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I hope you enjoyed this months picks, if you have a favourite artist that your kids love, we’d love to hear from you so we can share with our readers.  And of course if you’re an artist and would like to feature, simply get in touch!   

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Nurture With Nature

Ursula of Room to Bloom shares her nature inspired

nursery design for baby Oona.

 

This is Oona’s room. When Oona’s family moved country, her mum asked me to design her and her sister’s bedroom, to help them settle into their new life abroad. We worked remotely via email, calls and facetime, proof that this can work just as well as being there in person.

Oona’s nursery was created in the smallest room in the house, leading off her sister’s bedroom. My main focus was to make the room feel as spacious and restful as possible.

I choose a peaceful, dusty green colour as the main theme for the room, to counteract and mellow the strongly coloured oak floor. The focal point is a pretty woodland wallpaper – it has echoes of the floor colour in it so it is the perfect connecting background. There’s lots of sweet detail in the design to hold Oona’s gaze.

 

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The simple natural wooden cot is livened up with bedding in the wallpaper’s accent colours. Because the bed blends in with the floor, the room feels as spacious as it can be – the cot’s open design also helps with this. To anchor the cot we painted a dusty green border alongside, creating a two tone wall. An oak framed pear print adds height and creates a cosy corner.

A there was not much space for lots of furniture, we prioritised clothes storage at this early stage. Using the height of the room, I found a vintage single wardrobe in just the right colour, so it blends in with the background – another trick to make a small space feel larger.

As most of Oona’s toys were stored elsewhere, we decided a simple play corner with cushions, book ledges and a house shelf on the wall would suffice for the early years. Oona just loves rearranging small toys in the house. Later down the line a compact toy or book cabinet could be added.

To style the room I used vintage elements, like the small chairs and the suitcase on top of the wardrobe, and continued a light woodland theme with a bunny lamp, a small fox head on the wall and other creatures. A grey bear shaped rug covers some of the floor’s surface, which helps keep it in check and provides a soft surface. Adding a playful touch, it tones with the grey curtains, keeping the mood calm.

Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine
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Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine

Despite the distance and having to work remotely, I think the design was really successful and my client did a great job at overseeing the installation. I just love how pretty and together the room has turned out!

If you would like to hear more about Ursula, what inspires her and why calm spaces are important to her, check out our interview, and to work with Ursula either directly or remotely contact her here and I highly recommend you check out her other projects o her site too, Room to Bloom.

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