At home with Cheshire interior designer + stylist, Amy Victoria
Cheshire interior designer, Amy Victoria, owner of Amy Victoria Designs has been designing beautiful homes across the UK since 2017. Her portfolio of past projects shows an array of stunning properties including Grade II Listed Old School House, Georgian Townhouse, Modern Family homes, Country Barn Conversions to a Beach Holiday Home. Amy transforms spaces into luxurious homes led entirely with the clients needs and desires in mind, with a personal hands on approach.
We are at home with Amy, talking the top nursery trends for 2021 + beyond.
We believe a nursery is a baby's sanctuary, a place for early morning playtime rituals + peaceful evening bedtime routines. So, we believe that nursery decoration and styling is so important to find the perfect blend between style + playfulness, a place filled with natural calm for peaceful nights sleeps yet a playful space filled ready to create so many joyous memories.
The English nursery interior design sector is absolutely booming in the UK, we are seeing popularity in organic neutral schemes with pops of monochrome, wild safari animals and dreamy pastel hues.
When designing nurseries, it is time to get creative! We are seeing a big trend of mural walls, especially safari mural walls bursting with colour and wild jungle animals, a wow factor that bursts a scheme to life.
EB: How would you design around a theme wall that brings such a massive impact to a nursery which can be otherwise minimal + keeping the right balance when styling?
Amy: Feature walls are a great way of bringing a theme to life. Choose a colour in a muted tone from within the mural to paint the adjoining walls to keep the scheme coherent.
When styling, choose natural fabrics such as cotton linens for Window framing, a Rattan ceiling light, Shelving with peg hooks to style cute animal accessories, and fill the walls with jungle animal prints in various sizes.
EB: What are the top safari nursery accessories you are loving right now?
Amy: I love dressing plain walls with different wall hangings, such as a the Natural Lion Head wall Hanging from Florrie and Olive, mini felt banners with safari animals, and personalised name signs . This gives the baby plenty to look at whilst resting or feeding.
To tie the scheme together we love the Palm Bay changing mat from Eighth Bay, not only practical but super stylish and will work perfectly in the scheme!
EB: How would you bring a safari theme into a nursery without a mural feature wall? Keeping the style generally neutral?
Amy: If you want to keep the nursery generally more simpler, the safari vibe can still be achieved by incorporating the look through various accessories. Walls can be painted in muted greens/ blush pinks / Taupe colours.
Style the walls with a series of animal prints in washed wooden frames, a large floor standing Giraffe if space allows, add texture by layering a woven Lion Rug on top of the carpet. Eighth Bay Rio Rio or Bali Safari Changing Mat would be the perfect pop of pattern needed to tie the scheme together.
EB: For a timeless soft grey/neutral palette, what are the key design elements you would go for?
Amy: Using stone/ taupe/ warm grey paint colours on the walls with woodwork and furniture in white to contrast is always a classic look that will never date. Panelling either half height or full height will add interest to the walls. Brass fittings will instantly make the space feel more luxurious, which can be carried through to the lighting. Laying different fabrics in the soft furnishings, window treatments and add a canopy over the cot or Armchair will add texture and depth. Eighth Bay Castaway Changing Mat would fit perfectly into this scheme.
EB: We're loving neutral nurseries that ooze scandi style + include pops of pastel colours, what does your dream nursery look like?
Amy: For a Girl, pastel pinks, mint greens & lilacs toned with a deeper raspberry colour, brass and iridescent fittings to create a dreamy space. I am loving anything rainbow, stripes, stars or under the sea.
For Boys, emerald greens, or stone blue tones styled with warm ochre or oranges, animals, circus or jungle themes.
For Gender Neutral, Warm Taupe/ Stone colours with white contrast, brass fittings, teddy bears or hot air balloons.
If you would like assistance to create an effortlessly beautiful, stylish nursery for your baby, Amy Victoria Designs is here to help you create the perfect space for both you and your baby.
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