Photographer: Laura Short
Interior designer and Colour consultant Nadia Olive Schnack shares how she views colours in the kid's room, gives her tips on how to get started adding colours to your own home – and how many colours to work with at a time – and reveals her own two favourite colours.
There are no rules when decorating a kid's room –
anything goes to create a joyful, happy room. In my opinion, the kid's room is a room where play is free and creativity should flow. Also, mess should be allowed – and toys in a vast array of colours.
Depending on age, I find that smaller kids prefer bright colours and older kids like darker colours. My advice is to listen to your child's wishes and go with this – they know which colours make them feel most comfortable.
A colour such as Pitch Blue from Farrow & Ball has a tendency to make all other colours from toys to bedding to lamps etc. become more bright and clear and somehow – as if by magic! – create a sense of calm and balance in the room. I'm telling you, those kids know what they are talking about! Also, I've never understood pastel colours in a kid's room or nursery.
My own favourite colours are
red and orange. I've been obsessed with these two tones since Covid. I think this came about because I needed something positive and inviting in my life after months of alienation and isolation. Red and orange give me joy and make me thoroughly happy and are both very inspiring to me.
The best book I have read this year
is "Sult" written by Knut Hamsum. A choice I haven't regretted, and I would recommend to anyone. Such language!
The best souvenir I have brought home from a vacation is
a giant wooden Pinnochio that we bought in Greece years ago. The shop was very touristy, but this purchase is high on my list of best buys over the years.
The best Christmas present I have received is
my yearly present from my husband. We always give each other a vinyl, and oh the excitement to see what he's found this year!
I also highly cherish homemade presents. My daughter Maggie loves to create and wrap her works of art in beautiful paper. I love the quality and uniqueness of each of her creations.
Nadia in the conservatory that is attached to the house.
View to the kitchen where pink, purple and red make a joyful colour combination.
Art plays a huge role in Nadia and husband Adam's home and add colour in the same way as furniture, paints and textiles.
The stairs leading upstairs in an unusual but wonderful mix of turquoise, dark navy and red.
"Sult" by Knut Hamsun on a chair covered in a beautiful purple fabric.
Wallpaper is used through the home as a contrast to painted walls, but blend in seamlessly although sometimes vibrant.
Favourite souvenir Pinocchio brought home from a vacation to Greece.
A heavy, wooden cabinet in Nadia and husband Adam's bedroom – where colours deliberately are kept dark and deep.
A bright blue shelving system from Montana is placed in the office.
Details in the office against the bright blue shelving system from Montana include homemade creations by daughter Maggie.
The conservatory with its white walls that are unusual for this home, but with floor, furniture and plants kept in tones of green – and dashes of yellow.
"There are no rules when decorating a kid's rooms. This is a room where play should be free and creativity should flow."
— Nadia Olive Schnack