63 Sq. Ft of Patterns and Play

Photography by Valerie Wilcox

Posted on Jan 23, 2018

From Nursery to New

As I was starting to get my home ready to welcome my youngest son, Julian, I knew it was time to transition Sid out of his nursery and into his own, big boy space. It was so important to me that he didn’t feel like I was taking something away from him, so I concentrated on ensuring that he would be excited for all of the changes to come. He had a lot of input on decisions surrounding the design and colours used in the room, so when the time came to move in he was excited that everything was just the way he likes it.

Sid's Room
Sid's Room

It all starts with colour…

Sid chose blue and orange as his palette of choice, which gave me the jumping off point I needed to pull the entire room together! Studio Bon’s 'Pennant' fabric has a deep red orange, and acts as the perfect counterpoint to the blues in the bedding and wallpaper (I had been itching to incorporate Rifle’s new wallpaper line into a project - more on that later). We decided on a travel theme, which supported the nick-nack’s on the shelves; they’re all souvenirs brought back for Sid from our friends and family.

The colourful rug belonged to my husband Rob’s grandmother, and I love the character it adds to the room. The well worn details give the room a little charm, and it’s a great spot for Sid to play. We dressed up the popular IKEA Hemnes dresser with brass knobs for added personality, and included a vintage spindle bed to give the entire space a well rounded, worldly balance.

Little Room, Large Pattern

High impact wallpaper can be overwhelming in larger spaces, which made Sid’s 63 square foot room the perfect spot to showcase a bold pattern. We chose Rifle Paper Co.’s City Toile, which is visually playful without being juvenile. It features sketch style illustrations of landmarks from around the world, providing a hint of childhood whimsy. Using bold patterns in big rooms can often be too much of a good thing - aside from an accent wall, I don’t think I’d want to use so bold of a pattern throughout a sizeable space.

Store in Plain Sight

Since Sid’s room has no closet, it was important that we created some storage space. Conveniences like adding a wooden crate beneath his bed for extra books, or including a deep basket beside his bed for toys or laundry helped maximize the floor space. The floating shelves were one of my favourite accents in this room - most come in a stark white colour (which wouldn’t match our creamy white wallpaper), so we got creative! My husband and I bought lumber, had it custom cut to fit our requirements, spray painted them in Benjamin Moore's 'Maritime White' (to match the background colour of the wallpaper) and then paired them with brackets from Anthropologie. They not only gave us another practical spot for storage, but allowed us to display Sid's souvenirs. 

Sid's Room
Sid's Room

Source Guide:

Rifle Paper Co.: City Toile Wallpaper | Benjamin Moore: Maritime White OC-5 ceiling paint | Schumacher: Studio Bon 'Pennant' Navy & Red bolster pillow fabric | Robert Allen: solid orange and stripe pillow fabric | IKEA: 3-drawer dresser 'Hemnes' | Anthropologie: shelf brackets | Restoration Hardware: linen duvet cover | Bla Bla Kids: plush rabbit | Pehr: blanket | HomeSense: basket | DFO: roman blind fabric | Mokuba: ribbon trim on roman blinds | Vintage: bed, rug