Children's Interior Trend Forecast
Jannicke Ramsø began her Interior Design career in Norway, designing the navigation bridge of the world famous residential cruise ship, The World. Her love for traveling led her to Las Vegas where she settled down to finish her art degree and pursue a career in Interior Design.
For almost a decade, Jannicke worked alongside some of the best Interior Designers and Architects in Hospitality & High End Residential Design. The learning curve was steep, and with it came the desire to open up her own studio. Today Jannicke is the proud owner of Tiny Little Pads, a full service interior design & event styling studio exclusively for children, located in Downtown Las Vegas, serving clients worldwide.
Jannicke’s sophisticated children’s rooms and parties have been featured around the globe. Most recently her work graced the cover of UK’s Rooomy Magazine, and her first playhouse made the list of the “Ten most breathtaking playhouse in the world.” Tiny Little Pads has also been featured by Project Nursery, Destination Nursery, Petit & Small, Kids Interiors, Houzz, Luxury Las Vegas, Review Journal and Minty Magazine, among others.
A new year means an opportunity to start fresh in so many ways. It always instills hope for the future, healthy resolutions, and new goals. It also means NEW TRENDS! And nothing makes an interior designer more excited than new color palettes, textures and materials to work with!
Looking at what’s already started to pop-up in our social media feeds, on the internet, at the biggest expos around the world, and reading what editors and critics are saying about the year ahead, I am bursting with excitement for what’s in store for our Baby Nurseries and Kids rooms this year!
Design credit: Talo Interiors
The predictions are in, and as always there are lots of them. Here’s a look at what I believe will be trending this year in Children’s Interiors.
Parents, get ready for clean lines, artisan products, more sophisticated color palettes and lots of inspiration from nature.
Design Credit: Live Loud Girl featuring Big Stuffed Plush
I think 2019 will be the year that kids interiors will be more grounded in nature than ever before. Parents are increasingly seeking natural products for their kids and their rooms. Natural products have been big in home décor for years, but more so in living rooms and kitchens. This year we will see these beautiful elements find its place in kids’ rooms as well.
Wheatgrass Moses baskets will become a must-have for every expectant parent. They are both practical and beautiful, making them the perfect piece for adding texture and warmth to a nursery or master bedroom nursery nook. Parents will achieve the same look and comfort with the adorable and equally practical rattan basinets. Never before have we seen more sophisticated designs of these, and they will definitely be a sought after item for parents bringing babies home this year.
Oversized sea grass storage baskets with lids, is another way of bringing nature into kids interiors. I predict these being one of the biggest trend items in playrooms and nurseries this year. Not only do they add lots of character to a kids’ room, but they are incredibly convenient as they promote easy and fast cleanup for kids. And unlike the straw baskets we have seen trending in earlier years, these are much sturdier and they don’t shed and leave annoying bits and pieces throughout the rooms.
Design Credit: Jannicke Ramsø, Tiny Little Pads. Photo: Sharon Wai Photography
Handcrafted artisan made products will be big this year. We will see a much greater interest in how products are made, where they are made, and by whom they are made. Parents are more knowledgeable than ever before; they educate their children, and there will be more pride in owning these items because there is a story and person behind every single one. Instead of overloading rooms with lots of toys, you will see more clutter free rooms with a handful of beautiful handmade toys and accessories on display. I’m talking beautiful wooden toys, hand sewn teddies, knitted and crocheted dolls, hand cut, dyed and sewn pennant flags & canopies, baby nests, and baby & kids bedding.
Design Credit: Kate Arends, Wit & Delight. Photo: 2nd Truth LLC
The botanical trend that we started seeing last year will stay, but this time it will find its way into our nurseries and kids rooms through leafy wallpapers. I see the trend moving towards greenery in the shapes of beautiful leaves, both small and large scale. The overscaled flowers with lots of colors will disappear and make way to the more vintage, tiny scale flowers in one overall color on a neutral background.
Photo credit: Maison Wallcovering/Think Co.
The 70’s will be “back” this year, but in its own sophisticated and much more lighthearted way where white is the grounding element. We’ll see lots of moody earthy tones of brown, dusty pink & blush, ice & steel blue, pale purple and mustard. But the biggest color of them all, in my opinion, will be Sage Green. These colors all work well with any style and theme, and are equally beautiful in boys and girls rooms. They also pair well with any metal.
So what about Pantone’s color of the year you might ask? Living Coral is a fresh and optimistic color. It’s beautiful if you ask me, but personally I don’t see this being a color heavily used in nurseries and kids rooms this year.
Photo credit: Numero 74
In nurseries of the past, the feature wall was all about that accent color. Then it went to the beautiful wallpapered wall, “interrupted” by the fun decal trend. This year, however, millwork walls are what parents will be dreaming of for their kids’ rooms. And I’m not talking Joanna Gaines’ shiplap wall, although that is totally still acceptable. I am talking board and batten, more McGee and Co. style. The board and batten look is not only a classic. It is a clean and crisp decorative millwork detail that goes well with any of the above mentioned trends.
Photo Credit: A Beautiful Mess
So how does a Children’s Interior Designer sum up the trends for 2019?
Calm, strategic & purposeful with a strong artisan influence, where less is more. Less furniture, less toys, less clutter, less mix of styles and colors, less everything. The only area where more is more - beautiful and practical storage. Lots of it, that is, leaving ample room for more play!
Design Credit: Melissa Barling, WINTER DAISY. Photo: Janis Nicolay