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Décor expert and mother, Sian Cullingworth, on becoming a mom and her favourite children’s décor trends for 2019

By Amy Saunders  | July 27, 2020 | Category

The time has come again, for the annual Decorex Sa exhibitions to begin and the Durban event is rumoured to have something particularly exciting in store for families.

Portfolio Director at Reed Exhibitions, Sian Cullingworth, shared some of her unique ideas and insight into current and forthcoming children’s décor trends, of which some will feature at the new Playroom Children’s Décor Project that will run at this year’s Decorex Durban.

‘Becoming a mother has been a completely life-changing experience and, in between all the nappy changes, feeds and sleeps, I’ve come to truly appreciate the soothing space of our nursery.’

‘The colour and design of a room have such an incredible impact on the mood of the individual, and for an infant that is experiencing everything for the first time, and for the new parents as well, it’s really important to choose calming elements that speak to you as a family.’

For her own son’s room, Sian selected a grey palette with a blue undertone, incorporating a white dado rail as a way to break up the full-colour walls.

‘The furniture I chose is white, something I love, and I’ve added accents of greys and blues in toys and linen to break up the starkness of the white furniture.’

‘I fell in love with a cloud mobile, that I have hung above the cot, which inspired me to add a whimsical cloud theme to the nursery, from linen to wooden dye cut wall decals,’ she shared.

Take a look at a few of the current décor trends in nurseries that Sian identifies and recommends below.


Sometimes you just need to spell it out and letterboards are a really fun way to express a message and lighten the room. They are also great for photo announcements.

Scandinavian design

The de-cluttered, clean lines of Scandinavian design and its signature natural wood is still a major trend in nurseries.

Master bedroom nooks

Parents who are pro-co-sleeping are now decorating small corners of their master bedroom for their babies. This has brought in furniture that can transform from a small crib to a cot, depending on space and size.

Modern boho

The laid-back, bohemian aesthetic that’s taken over the fashion world has entered the baby’s room. It’s all about textiles and accents such as fringed tassels, a single hanging plant, handmade wall hangings and even hanging chairs.

Large-scale wall prints

This trend took the design industry by storm in 2018 and we are now seeing parents incorporating this into their nurseries. Whether it’s clouds, animals or florals - the bigger the better.

Modern farmhouse

This is a great design for gender-neutral nurseries. Here you can mix in the old with the new, such as childhood favourite soft toys and mom’s old rocking chair.


This textile has made a comeback recently and we are seeing it in rocking chairs and scatters.

Decorex Sa Durban will be taking place at the Durban Exhibition Centre from 21 to 24 March 2019. Pop by the Playroom Children’s Décor Project for more playful inspiration.

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