‘Our little one’s bedroom is tiny ...’
If you live in a typical London home, at least one bedroom will be what used to be grandly referred to as a ‘box room’. If so, says interior designer Ursula Wesselingh of Room to Bloom, aim for spatial camou age: ‘Paint furniture, shelves and picture frames in similar tones to the walls; it expands the space and makes toys or stickers stand out.’
If you have the ceiling height, Ursula suggests a platform bed: the Spanish Asoral range at Nubie or consider Noa and Nani, where beds ‘ oat’ (£399).
For traditionalists, sofa.com’s Box-in-a-Bed is useful; pair it with a small Chinese cabinet as bedside table by Shimu (£365).
‘For storage, go for a multi-functional wardrobe, cupboard, display unit; we like Kutikai’s version, made from FSC wood with ‘peekaboo’ holes that are easy for small hands to use,’ says Naomi Callan of e-tailer Castles for Rascals.
Another small space specialist, Dutch brand Rafa Kids, has benches and storage racks that will last well beyond the nursery years; as would Rowen & Wren’s slimline blackboard wardrobe.
Inject a touch of the Raj with tiger- and-deerstrewn bedding by Delhi-based Safomasi.
Finally, for small space magic, aunt the rules and paper the ceiling: Mini Modern’s latest Star-ling design will transport sleepy tots from trafic-choked streets to sylvan glades.