Transform your child’s bedroom into a wonderland with amazing stickers, murals or wallpapers
No-one taps into a child’s wildest dreams better than Mandy Colliss and David Quinton, the husband and wife design duo behind Funky Little Darlings.
One look at their wallpapers and stickers (above) and you feel like you have entered a Willy Wonka world of fun and fascination where multi-coloured soldier ants march across walls, fluoro flowers burst into life and cute kitsch teddy bears fly in on balloons. Mandy thinks the scale of their work is part of their appeal:
‘One mum telephoned us the evening we finished her kid’s room to say she had found her son and husband lying on the bed curled up together just staring at his new wall. Moments like that make doing what we do so worthwhile.Their wild imagination is gleaned from anything from the British countryside to visits to Japan to Sgt. Pepper’s album cover, but it’s daughter Daisy who provides the biggest inspiration. ‘We always ask her what she thinks,’ says Mandy. And it turns out Daisy is quite the designer herself.
‘We’re moving her to a larger room and she wants a white, acid yellow and grey colour scheme.’ Having a child has taught Mandy and David to design more responsibly, and their aim is to be ‘100 per cent eco-friendly.’ If you’ve recently decorated, then their new sticker range can instantly turn a magnolia wall into a fantasy hedgerow even the most novice DIY-ers can pull off, we promise. A cool and clever British company with fresh ideas and ethics. We like.
Brilliantly bonkers design duo Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire combine vintage imagery with modern, surreal flourishes. Who doesn’t want a squirrel running along a trombone? Their designs would make a great statement on any wall.
10m x 52cm roll
Another mum, Danish graphic designer Trine Anderson of Ferm Living turned her hand to wallpaper design when she couldn’t find anything affordable she liked for her home. Her adorable range of wallpapers and stickers includes Animal Farm and 3 Owls. Admit it, you want them all for yourself, don’t you?
Do it yourself
New brand Paperboy was conceived after mum Victoria Cramsie couldn’t find a boy’s wallpaper for her twin sons, Rory and Archie, that felt handmade, but wasn’t too twee or whimsical. The result is her own selection of magical designs (such as ‘‘Ere Be Dragons’) that are fun enough for little kids, yet cool enough for older ones.
10m x 52cm roll, paperboywallpaper.co.uk
Rockett St George, the homeware hub run by smart cookie mums Jane Rockett and Lucy St George is a great place to source kids' stuff- especially wall stickers like their bestselling 'Children at play'.
'My little girl was desperate for some stickers in her bedroom, so overnight we transformed her room into a magical garden,' says Jane. 'When she got home she couldn't stop smiling.'
Stickers available in a range of colours and sizes;
Written by Lucy Ryder Richardson