Decorating Children’s Rooms

Designing a child’s room should give you an excuse to be wildly imaginative.  There are no rules, just a few basic principles to consider.  Think about storage, that’s essential, somewhere to put everything away at the end of the day to restore a restful atmosphere for relaxation and sleep.  It’s also good to give some consideration to the flexibility of the room as your child grows, the addition of interchangeable accessories will make the transition easy.  Although practical can sometimes be a little boring, it’s also good to consider how easily the wall and floor surfaces can be cleaned!

Image from Pinterest

A child’s room is perfect for playing around with colour, but do think about your child’s personality.  Research into the psychology of colour suggests that certain colours affect our moods.  Just looking at the primary colours, for example; Red energises and excites, but can over stimulate a restless child; Yellow aids concentration; Blue is calming and soothing.  A colour palette using a backdrop of subtle or neutral colours, combined with bold colour accents is a good choice.  

Image from Pinterest

I delved into Pinterest to find some images of Boucherouite rugs used in children’s rooms.  They are just the perfect addition.  They add texture, interest and bold colour splashes and are of course completely washable!  They’re very versatile and will move easily from a room created for a child to a teenager’s room, and still look exceptionally stylish!

Vintage Boucherouite rug from our collection

 

 

Moroccan Rugs and Coastal Cool

Having been lucky enough to spend quite a lot of time in Dubai recently, and working with Jo at Tribe Dubai (tribedubai.com) I’ve learned that interior trends are a little different to those here in the UK.  Coastal cool is the name of the game, and it’s easy to see why….this is what works best in a country where everyone needs a retreat from the heat of the desert sun.

Photo credit Tribe Dubai

White walls, cool floor tiles and neutral coloured furniture and accessories just seem to be the best fit for the climate.  Beni Ouarain rugs with their neutral colour palettes and simple designs complement perfectly this look, but adding a limited amount of colour can look stunning too.  A white or neutral backdrop is great to display a colourful Boucherouite rug, either on the floor or as a wall hanging.  The predominantly ‘grey’ light that we have in the UK can dull colours a little, but in the bright white light of the Middle East, the colours in these rugs look amazing.  Go along and see Jo at Tribe for advice about buying a Beni rug, we have lots of stock on the ground in Morocco in addition to our custom made service.  Or be bold and take a look at our collection of colourful vintage Moroccan rugs!  We have some stock already in Dubai, but your choice isn’t limited to these, we can ship worldwide from either the UK or Morocco. http://marbleandmint.co.uk/product-category/dubai-collection/

 

Viewing our Rugs – Clent, Worcestershire

We had great fun yesterday doing a mini photo shoot at Marble and Mint HQ at the foot of Worcestershire’s Clent Hills where I’m lucky enough to live and work.

Peel House is a well known property in the village which was the local police station and police houses until the 1950’s, and still has lots of original features including a fabulous cellar.  I’m reliably informed that this wasn’t used to keep prisoners, but my next door neighbour and photographer (Ann Ashfield) still has the original police cells!  Our collection of Moroccan rugs is available to view here at any time (by appointment), so please either email us at info@marbleandmint.co.uk or call 07746 727536 if there is a particular rug or rugs you would like to see.  You can see the rest of our photos here on our  Facebook page.  All photography by Ann Ashfield.

Martina