A nursery’s furniture should be the starting points for your new baby’s room. Choose pieces that will look great while still being practical and comfortable or you’ll regret it and end up having to re-purchase, then let the child’s cot and your feeding chair inform the style of the rest of the room.
Gone are the days of pink rooms for girls, blue rooms for boys and yellow if you don’t know yet. A range of neutrals including grey and beige are very popular for nurseries and give you the option to add accents of colour with bedding, decorative items and toys. If you know the gender of your child why not look at a striped wall or patterned wallpaper. The key is to decide on a palette of 3-4 colours and stick to it. Any more than that the look can become chaotic and at the end of the day it needs to be a calming space where your child can rest peacefully.
There are so many great places to find inspiration now such as Pinterest and mother and baby dedicated websites and magazines. Don’t be afraid to be creative just remember to come back to what feels natural to you and suits your child’s personality and you’ll feel happy and comfortable in the space.
If you have a baby that’s settled enough to leave you some spare time, make the most of the opportunity to get crafty. It’s amazing what you can create with some patterned fabric, coloured wool, a canvas and some stencils in an afternoon. Making a personalised wall hanging using fabrics like wool and felt will not only be inexpensive but also be more special to you and your child.
While books and some cute soft toys look great displayed in a child’s room, piles of nappies and bits of lego do not, so make sure you have enough storage to tidy up and put things away at the end of the day. Plus, the last thing you want to do is stumble in the dark onto a plastic toy in the middle of the night.
Bedding is perhaps the most important consideration to ensure your baby (and you) sleeps well. Studies have shown that using wool in a baby’s bedroom can have a range of benefits from helping them to sleep better. Merino wool is also naturally hypo-allergenic and has been known to actually help with skin conditions such as eczema making it perfect for baby blankets. Wool is also naturally stain resistant and most can be easily washed and tumble dried in ordinary machines. Plus, you can choose wool blankets and bedding in a variety of colours and patterns so you can easily rotate a few different options to freshen up the room from week to week.
Consider how you will use the room and how this will adapt over time.
A child’s nursery will need to adapt to different uses as your child grows so it’s important to choose furniture and décor that can be easily updated over time. For example, you can choose a bright colour or pattern for the walls and soft furnishings but keep in mind that bright coral chest of drawers might not serve you well for the long term.
Illustration: Barry Allen Patenaude
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