20 Feb New mom, Sian Cullingworth, shares her favourite children’s décor trends set to feature at Decorex Durban
With years of experience in the world of design, and having recently welcomed her firstborn into the world, Sian Cullingworth, Portfolio Director at Reed Exhibitions, has some particularly unique insights into the current children’s décor trends. A gorgeous selection of some of these locally-designed furniture and décor items will form the vibrant new feature – The Playroom Children’s Décor Project – at this year’s Decorex Durban, taking place at the Durban Exhibition Centre from 21 to 24 March 2019.
“Becoming a mother has been a completely life-changing experience and, in between all the nappy changes, feeds and sleeps, I’ve come to truly appreciate the soothing space of our nursery,” explained Sian. “The colour and design of a room has such an incredible impact on the mood of the individual, and for an infant that is experiencing everything for the first time – and for the new parents as well – it’s really important to choose calming elements that speak to you as a family.”
Sian’s shares her nursery inspiration
“I have always loved the grey and white neutral pallet for baby’s rooms, so when I found out I was pregnant, I was so excited to decorate the nursery with a style I have always loved.”
She said, when it comes to decorating, it’s important to always choose what works for you personally: “There are so many trends out there that sometimes it becomes overwhelming to decide on what to choose and how to execute. I decided on a colour palette first, and then it started coming together. Once you have the furniture style and colour you love, start adding in one or two trends that complement your style. It’s important that it becomes a special place that feels comfortable and calming.”
For her baby boy’s room, Sian selected a grey palette with a blue undertone, incorporating a white dado rail as a way to break up the full colour walls.
“The furniture I chose is white– something I love – and I’ve added accents of greys and blues in toys and linen to break up the starkness of the white furniture,” she explained. “I fell in love with a cloud mobile, that I have hung above the cot, which inspired me to add a whimsical cloud theme to the nursery, from linen to wooden dye cut wall decals.”