A Nursery’s Wallpaper Is Filled with Woodland Animals — And We Love It

published Aug 18, 2023
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Credit: Viv Yapp

Part of the challenge of designing a kids’ bedroom is ensuring that it’s a transitional space they can grow into throughout their youth. That’s what United Kingdom-based contemporary artist Farwa Moledina was solving for when designing her 21-month-old daughter, Sofia’s, combined nursery and playroom in her eclectic, modern Birmingham home

But sometimes, stressful situations can put decorating a space on the back burner. “My daughter was born very prematurely after a very complicated pregnancy, after which she spent two months in hospital,” Moledina shared during her house tour. “For this reason, we never worked on her nursery whilst pregnant and even for a while after she was born. We are so grateful for her health, and it feels so special that she now has a room to play and grow in.”

In hindsight, it might’ve been a silver lining that Moledina and her husband waited to decorate Sofia’s room. Not only did it give them quality time to focus on their newborn, but it likely allowed them to slowly decide how to fill the space and plan for their DIY projects  — and the final result is stunning. 

Credit: Viv Yapp

1. Deep paint colors and whimsical wallpaper bring the nursery to life. 

It’s often a toss-up when deciding whether to wallpaper or paint a child’s bedroom. Each has pros and cons: Wallpaper allows for fun designs, and paint is easily changeable. However, Moledina wanted the best of both options — and seamlessly combined the two. 

“The room was already painted in Farrow and Ball’s “Sulking Room Pink” from before we had a baby,” Moledina wrote at the time of her house tour. “I knew I wanted to wallpaper half the wall and didn’t want to repaint the wall in a different colour, so I chose a wallpaper that complemented the existing wall colour and then chose a ceiling paint [Lust Home’s “Elderflower Matt Emulsion Paint”] that worked with both those elements.”

To tie the space together, Moledina hung Lust Home’s “Let’s Make A Den” wallpaper on the top half of the room’s walls. The green and pink paint flows with the flowers and leaves within the wallpaper’s pattern. The whimsical animal-filled wallpaper design promotes child-like wonder and imagination as Sofia grows up. 

Credit: Viv Yapp

2. Smart furniture finds are the perfect addition as Sofia grows up. 

All of the items in Sofia’s nursery are awesome, but two pieces stood out to Moledina. At the time of her tour, Moledina was pleased with her decision to purchase lockers from Mustard Made because they “add lots of storage without taking up as much space as a wardrobe,” Moledina said. 

But her favorite product in the nursery is where she and Sofia can relax and read books: “The bean bag chair, it’s so comfortable and great for cuddles and bedtime reading,” Moledina wrote. 

The rich, sophisticated colors paired with the woodland wallpaper and smart furniture make this a space in which Sofia can grow up. But the nursery isn’t the only stunning room in Moledina’s home. To see more, visit the full house tour on Apartment Therapy. 

Product List

  • “Sulking Room Pink” Paint — Farrow & Ball
  • “Elderflower Matt Emulsion Paint” — Lust Home
  • “Let’s Make A Den” Wallpaper — Lust Home
  • Cot and Drawers — Stokke
  • Lockers — Mustard Made
  • Bean Bag Chair — Icon